The aircraft structural repairer is primarily responsible for supervising and performing maintenance on aircraft structures. With hundreds of Army National Guard missions depending on airplanes and helicopters, aircraft structural repairers must ensure that all of them are safe and ready to fly.
- Repair/replace aircraft structural components according to drawings, blueprints, directives, technical manuals and safety procedures
- Fabricate structural parts using metal-forming techniques and fiberglass materials
- Make repairs to transparent plastic windows and enclosures
- Balance fixed-wing aircraft controls and apply primers/paints on aircraft surfaces
- Maintain facilities for storage of flammable/hazardous materials
Job training for an aircraft structural repairer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 15 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part takes place in the field.
Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
- Engine disassembly and repair
- Repair of aluminum, steel and fiberglass airframes/coverings
- Repair of hydraulic, fuel and electrical systems