Aircraft Structural Technician

Aircraft Structural Technicians assemble fit fasten and install the structural parts of airplanes including tails and wings landing gear fuselage bulkheads stabilizers rigging and control equipment and heating and ventilation systems. When assembling an aircraft aircraft structural technicians begin by reading detailed schematics or blueprints that show how to assemble the aircraft.

After determining how parts should connect the technicians use special tools to fit components together and align them properly. Once the parts are properly aligned they connect them with bolts and screws or by welding or soldering pieces together.

Throughout the assembly process aircraft structural technicians look out for faulty components to help to fix problems before more defective products are produced. Because airplanes are quite large aircraft structural technicians often work with crane operators to position the assemblies for joining. Check here for a list of other careers available in this field.

Some experienced aircraft structural technicians may work with aircraft designers and engineers to build aircraft models and prototypes. These technicians must be able to read and interpret complex engineering specifications from text drawings and computer-aided drafting systems. 

Although aircraft structural technicians need a high school diploma many companies also offer on-the-job training and formal classroom instruction. Aircraft structural technicians earn an average annual salary close to $45000 and can earn over $64000 with experience.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $45145
High Salary: $64220
Low Salary: $26070
Tasks: Reads blueprints, drawings, and specifications for aircraft.
Assembles, installs, and connects parts, fittings, and assemblies on aircraft.
Works with crane operators to position assemblies for joining.
Adjusts, repairs, or replaces parts.
Also Called: Structures Technician
Aircraft Line Assembler
Structures Mechanic
Sheet Metal Assembler and Riveter (SMAR)
Additional Resources: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes512011.htm
http://www.careerplanner.com/Job-Descriptions/Aircraft-Mechanics-and-Service-Technicians.cfm
http://online.onetcenter.org/link/summary/51-2011.00