Interest Category: Aviation
Services, cleans, inspects and performs scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on RC 26 aircraft. Responsibilities may include maintenance/repair/modification to airframe, avionics, engines, ISR equipment, sub-systems, and related support equipment. Works independently or in coordination with other A&P Mechanics and technical representatives to trouble shoot, diagnose and solve unusual and complex maintenance problems.Ability to apply logic and good judgment, understand technical order diagrams and procedures, use test equipment for analysis of airframe, engine, flight control, pneudraulic, fuel, electrical/electronic systems, problems. Reports to the Site Lead/Director of Maintenance.Service and repair ISR/Avionics systems and aircraft to ensure serviceability. Repair, replace, and rebuild aircraft structures, landing gear, power plants, propellers, fuel systems (including tanks and fuel control systems), and functional components using hand tools, meters, test equipment, power tools, rivet gun, and drills. Inspect and repair power plants (engines) malfunctions, including cracked components, oil leaks, etc. Diagnose malfunctions, isolate causes and correct discrepancies. Test engine operation, using testing equipment to locate source of malfunction. Replace and repair damaged components, use hand tools, gauges, and test equipment.Remove engine and major components from aircraft, using hoist or other lifting devices. Disassemble and inspect parts for wear, warping, or other defects. Repair and replace defective engine components and reassembles and install engine on aircraft.Adjust, repair, or replace instruments, avionics and navigations, ISR, flight control, electrical/electronic, fuel/oil systems and aircraft accessories. Perform aircraft and vehicle services, including engine wash/cleaning, parts lubrication, and maintenance checks.Certified by Federal Aviation Administration as an Airframe & Power plant Mechanic. May service engines and airframe components at flight line operations making repairs, short of overhaul, required to ensure aircraft safe operating condition. May be required to repair/modify engines, structural components, precision repair, functional spare parts, and assemblies.Recommend revisions to maintenance procedures to improve efficiency and ensure quality workmanship. Perform all other position related duties as assigned or requested by the Site Lead, Director of Maintenance, or Program Manager.
High school diploma or equivalent is required. Experience in the following areas; Avionics, Instrumentation, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Airframe, and Powerplant systems.Desired Experience; Three (3) years verifiable Avionics/ISR experience. Previous experience on turbo prop aircraft; Merlin/Metros, CASA 212 or Jet Stream 31/42, Beechcraft King Air, or other TPE 331 experience preferred. Certified by the FAA with a current Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A&P) and General Radio Operators License (FCC) is desirable.Must have knowledge of the scope and limitation of various categories of maintenance and their application. Must have a firm background and understanding of the theories and principles of Avionics and/or ISR systems operation and maintenance processes. Must be familiar with aircraft electrical systems and components; theory of flight; rigging of flight controls; and mechanical principles.Primary focus will be on providing maintenance and operational support of numerous complex avionics and surveillance systems; aircraft mounted imaging systems, as well as various other imaging and force protection systems. Must be able to inspect, test, and adjust and repair Avionics systems equipment, such as airborne search and weather radar, voice and data communications radio systems, pulse based systems such as IFF, TCAS and radar altimeter systems, airborne Navigation and Instrument Landing Systems, flight director and autopilot systems, flight management systems and GPS, compass systems and attitude reference instrumentation installed in the aircraft. Must be able to troubleshoot failed systems to determine faulty components, inspect aircraft installations for defects such as loose or broken connectors, frayed wires and for accuracy of assembly and installation in order to return the faulty systems to service.Should be able to inspect, test and adjust or repair ISR type equipment to include Thermal Imaging Precision Optics and Laser systems, Infra Red based sensors and cameras to include controlling software and hardware, Ethernet, fiber optic and hard wired video distribution systems, full motion video and data transmission and reception systems, Satellite voice and data communications systems and laser-based illumination systems. Must be able to troubleshoot failed systems to determine faulty components, inspect aircraft installations for defects such as loose or broken connectors, frayed wires and for accuracy of assembly and installation in order to return the faulty systems to service.Must be able to use Avionics and/or ISR specific test equipment under simulated or actual operating conditions to determine performance and airworthiness of tested systems. Must be able to use general purpose test equipment, such as oscilloscopes, digital meters and counters, and circuit analyzers. Must be able to adjust, repair, or replace defective components based on analysis of test results, following blueprints, schematics, handbooks, and other technical documents. Must be able to align or calibrate installed or repaired Avionics and/or ISR equipment to prescribed aircraft system specifications. May accompany flight crew to perform in-flight adjustments and to determine and record required post-flight repair work. May sign condition documentation for equipment that has been replaced or repaired. Must be able to provide field maintenance, inspection, troubleshooting and repair expertise to ensure continuous system operations; provide comprehensive, life cycle logistical support to sustain operations and readiness of systems; regularly interface with leadership and end-users for daily operations, presentations, and status reports. Experience should include a working knowledge of aircraft DC electric power generation, batteries, and grounding standards. Must be able to repair and perform failure analysis on electronic controls and assembly. Knowledge of computers (to include using Microsoft Office and the internet) is required, as is the ability to install programs, check start-up logs to determine where errors occur, and change out computer hard drives and power supplies. Knowledge of sheet metal, properties of materials, fuels, fuel tank repairs, and oils. Ability to read, interpret and use manufacturer's and aircraft maintenance manuals, service bulletins, blueprints, wiring/schematic diagrams, data tables and other specifications to determine feasibility and method to repair or replace malfunctioning or damaged components. Must be able to inspect, repair, and operate ground support and auxiliary equipment.Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a government general-purpose vehicle. Must be qualified for and obtain a Secret Clearance within six (6) months of start date.Work Environment, Physical Demands, and Mental Demands: Work is performed in a flight line and shop environment that is moderately lighted, heated and ventilated, is exposed to disagreeable fumes and to cuts and bruises from using tools in close placed and hazards of moving vehicles such as forklifts and sweepers in shop area. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.The employee frequently is required to walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and work in tiring and uncomfortable positions. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, and taste or smell. Frequently lifts items weighing 15-50 pounds and occasionally in excess of 75 pounds.The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, extreme heat, and vibration. The employee is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; and risk of electrical shock.The noise level in the work environment is usually loud or unsafe conditions, questioning nonstandard operations or environmental factors that may involve unmitigated hazards, and providing feedback to supervisors and managers on all safety issues. Persons selected for this position must be able to obtain a secret security clearance and be able to deploy with the aircraft with minimum notice.“Must be able to speak, read, write and understand English”