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Details for Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers


Assemble, fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as tails, wings, fuselage, bulkheads, stabilizers, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, or heating and ventilating systems.


  • Adjust, repair, rework, or replace parts and assemblies to eliminate malfunctions and to ensure proper operation.
  • Align and fit structural assemblies manually, or signal crane operators to position assemblies for joining.
  • Align, fit, assemble, connect, and install system components, using jigs, fixtures, measuring instruments, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Assemble and fit prefabricated parts to form subassemblies.
  • Assemble, install, and connect parts, fittings, and assemblies on aircraft, using layout tools, hand tools, power tools, and fasteners such as bolts, screws, rivets, and clamps.
  • Attach brackets, hinges, or clips to secure or support components and subassemblies, using bolts, screws, rivets, chemical bonding, or welding.
  • Cut, trim, file, bend, and smooth parts, and verify sizes and fitting tolerances in order to ensure proper fit and clearance of parts.
  • Fit and fasten sheet metal coverings to surface areas and other sections of aircraft prior to welding or riveting.
  • Form loops or splices in cables, using clamps and fittings, or reweave cable strands.
  • Inspect and test installed units, parts, systems, and assemblies for fit, alignment, performance, defects, and compliance with standards, using measuring instruments and test equipment.
  • Install mechanical linkages and actuators, and verify tension of cables, using tensiometers.
  • Join structural assemblies such as wings, tails, and fuselage.
  • Lay out and mark reference points and locations for installation of parts and components, using jigs, templates, and measuring and marking instruments.
  • Measure and cut cables and tubing, using master templates, measuring instruments, and cable cutters or saws.
  • Position and align subassemblies in jigs or fixtures, using measuring instruments and following blueprint lines and index points.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, illustrations, and specifications to determine layouts, sequences of operations, or identities and relationships of parts.
  • Set, align, adjust, and synchronize aircraft armament and rigging and control system components to established tolerances and requirements, using sighting devices and hand tools.
  • Set up and operate machines and systems to crimp, cut, bend, form, swage, flare, bead, burr, and straighten tubing, according to specifications.
  • Swage fittings onto cables, using swaging machines.
  • Verify dimensions of cable assemblies and positions of fittings, using measuring instruments.
  • Weld tubing and fittings, and solder cable ends, using tack-welders, induction brazing chambers, or other equipment.
  • Clean, oil, and/or coat system components as necessary before assembling and attaching them.
  • Fabricate parts needed for assembly and installation, using shop equipment.
  • Install and connect control cables to electronically controlled units, using hand tools, ring locks, cotter keys, threaded connectors, turnbuckles, and related devices.
  • Mark identifying information on tubing or cable assemblies, using etching devices, labels, rubber stamps, or other methods.
  • Participate in operational checkouts of entire armament systems on the ground or during test flights.
  • Prepare and load live ammunition, missiles, and bombs onto aircraft, according to established procedures.
  • Select and install accessories in swaging machines, using hand tools.


  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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