Airframe Mechanic apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Airframe Mechanic

Airframe Mechanic apprenticeship

DOT code: 621.281-900

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Use aircraft drawings, blueprint information, graphs and charts and apply information contained in FAA and manufacturer's aircraft maintenance manuals. Identify and select appropriate non-destructive testing methods. Inspect, identify, remove, and treat aircraft corrosion and perform aircraft cleaning. Select, apply, inspect, test, and repair fabric and fiberglass. Select, install, remove, test and repair sheet metal and non-metallic structures. Weld magnesium and titanium; solder stainless steel; fabricate tubular structures; solder, braze, gas and arc-weld steel, weld aluminum and stainless steel. Perform airframe conformity and airworthiness inspections. Inspect, check, service and repair landing gear systems. Repair hydraulic and pneumatic power system components. Inspect, check, troubleshoot, and service communication and navigation systems. Check and service aircraft fuel systems. Repair and inspect aircraft electrical systems. Inspect, check and service position and warning systems and fire protection systems.

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. General tasks 1100
B. Airframe structures 800
C. Airframe systems and components 1200
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) total hours: 3100
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For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.