Development Mechanic

Install parts and assemblies in prototype aircraft or spacecraft.
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Salary Range
$24,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Development Mechanics do?

Lays out, fabricates, and assembles developmental or experimental structural and mechanical parts and assemblies, and installs parts and assemblies in prototype aircraft or spacecraft, following engineering information, using precision instruments, handtools, power tools, and shop equipment: Reads and interprets blueprints, sketches, loft information, and related engineering data to plan sequence of operations and methods for fabricating, assembling, and installing parts and assemblies. Lays out radii, angle, and dimensions of parts on assorted materials, using precision measuring and marking instruments, such as gauges, calipers, scale, and scriber, applying trigonometric calculations to solve layout problems. Sets up and operates shop equipment, such as bandsaw, lathe, table saw, drill press, shear, and brake, to shape and form parts. Verifies dimensions of parts, using precision measuring instruments. Drills, countersinks, and reams holes in parts and assemblies for bolts, rivets, and other fasteners, using power tools. Aligns and joins structural assemblies, using transit, sight level, handtools, power tools, clamps, and fasteners. Installs experimental parts and assemblies in prototype structure to verify accuracy of layout and assembly. Tests functional performance of installed parts. Confers with engineers to resolve fabrication and installation problems. May fabricate or modify tooling, such as jigs, fixtures, templates, and form blocks. May fabricate and assemble reduced-scale mockups of parts and assemblies. May be designated by type of part or assembly developed as Controls Development Mechanic; Developer-Prover, Mechanical; Fabrication And Structures Development Mechanic; Hydraulic And Plumbing Development Mechanic; Mechanic, Experimental Structural Assembly.

Should I be a Development Mechanic?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Controls Development Mechanic, Developer-Prover, Mechanical, Fabrication and Structures Development Mechanic See More

    How to become a Development Mechanic

    Most Development Mechanics have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9weaaa&chl=no+college+%2854%25%29|certificate+%2842%25%29|associate%27s+%284%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,54,54
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