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RPA Aircraft Mechanic Lead / Deployment Pool (K)

Aerospace and Aviation

Aircraft Mechanic


Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Job Summary

Employee will be part of the Deployment Pool and will be required to support deployments to various CONUS/OCONUS locations, as required. This position will require the member to be flexible in the support of assigned deployment/work schedules.

Member will manage, perform, and inspect organizational and intermediate level maintenance and modifications on RPA systems and support equipment, as required. Lastly, this position requires an individual that can apply expert technical knowledge to solve complex problems by interpreting Air Force technical orders, manufacturers’ manuals/instructions or similar documents through the usage of test equipment/instruments to affect repairs.

Member will inspect, service, repair, and overhaul aircraft, aircraft engines, and other critical components to ensure airworthiness. Repair, replace, and rebuild aircraft structures, landing gear, power plants/trains, fuel systems, and functional components using hand tools, power tools, welding equipment, rivet guns and drills.

Inspect and repair power plant malfunctions, including cracked components, oil leaks, etc.; diagnose malfunctions, isolate causes and correct breaks; test engine operations, use test equipment to locate source of malfunction(s). Replace/repair damaged components and remove engine/major components from aircraft, using hoist or other lifting devices; disassemble and inspect parts for wear, warping, or other defects; repair/replace defective engine components and reassemble and install engines in aircraft; adjust, repair, or replace instruments, ADP flight controls, electrical/electronics, fuel/oil systems and associated aircraft accessories.

Perform aircraft services to include engine flushing/cleaning, parts lubrication, and required maintenance checks. May specialize in repair and modification of engines, structural components, precision repair, functional spare parts, and assemblies. Recommend revisions to maintenance procedures to improve efficiency and ensure quality workmanship.

USAF equivalent position is Aircraft Lead Mechanic / Aircraft Mech Expeditor.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Performs all daily launch/recovery duties in support of operational requirements.
  • Applies logic and good judgment, understands basic and advanced technical order diagrams and procedures, and uses test equipment for analysis of airframes, engines, flight controls, pneudraulic, fuel, electrical / electronic systems, and problems.
  • Supports aircraft utilization and maintenance activity schedules. Maintains accurate parts inventory during all maintenance activities. Performs maintenance and repair tasks and ensures their successful completion.
  • Services, repairs, and overhauls aircraft equipment, engines, and sub-systems to ensure serviceability. Repairs, replaces, and rebuilds aircraft structures, landing gear, power plants, fuel systems (including tanks and fuel/metering control systems), and functional components using hand tools, power tools, welding equipment, rivet gun, drills, and other tools.
  • Inspects and repairs power plant (engine) malfunctions, including cracked components, oil leaks, etc. Diagnoses malfunctions, isolate causes and corrects breaks. Tests engine operations, using testing equipment to locate source(s) of malfunction. Replaces and repairs damaged components, uses hand tools, gauges, and test equipment to complete repairs.
  • Removes engine and major components from aircraft equipment, using hoist or other lifting devices. Disassembles and inspects parts for wear, warping, or other defects. Repairs and replaces defective engine components and reassemble and installs engine in aircraft.
  • Adjusts, repairs, or replaces instruments, flight control, electrical/electronic, fuel/oil systems and aircraft accessories. Performs aircraft and vehicle services, including engine wash /cleaning, parts lubrication, and maintenance checks.
  • May service engines and airframe components at flight line operations making repairs, short of overhaul, required to ensure aircraft safe operating conditions. May specialize in repair and modification of engines, structural components, precision repair, functional spare parts, and assemblies.
  • Must be able to work without supervision.
  • Provides technical, safety, and directional leadership guidance to lower-level Aircraft Mechanics.
  • Provides training to lower-level Aircraft Mechanics.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned as requested.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must have Associate’s degree, or have completed relevant military and/or vocational technical school curriculum
  • Minimum of eight years of actual Aircraft Mechanic maintenance experience required
  • Minimum of three years actual experience on MQ-9 aircraft, as an Aircraft Mechanic
  • Must have expert knowledge of basic and complex mechanical maintenance and repair
  • Must possess expert knowledge of technical publications related to aircraft mechanical maintenance
  • Must know theory and principles of operation of engines, accessories and components, theory of flight and electronic flight controls, and have an expert understanding of applicable systems
  • Must be able to inspect and operate ground support and auxiliary equipment
  • Must achieve a passing grade in all required courses/certifications for continued employment, as needed
  • Employee must meet all OCONUS deployment criteria, to include pre-deployment medical screening, as a condition of employment
  • Must be able to lift, carry and/or wear Military Issued Equipment in excess of 50 pounds for extended periods
  • Must be able to speak, read, write, and understand English
  • Must be able to provide proof of U.S. citizenship upon hire
  • Must submit updated SF-86 within 30 days of hire start date
  • Must have current DoD Secret Security Clearance and be able to maintain a DoD security clearance commensurate with the assigned duties during employment
  • Must have current/active State Issued Driver’s License
  • Must be able to acquire and maintain a valid flight-line Government Driver’s License
  • Must have valid U.S. Passport with a minimum of one year remaining with at least two facing pairs (four total) of blank Visa pages
  • Must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with booster. Accommodations may be available under limited circumstances.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant career field
  • Licensed by the FAA as an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic
  • RPA Deployment experience
  • Prior Experience as a Defense Contractor
  • Aircraft Mechanic experience within the last 10 years
  • MQ-9 Aircraft Composite Repair / Replacement Experience
  • Highly desired to have a U.S. Passport valid for an additional two years with at least two facing pairs (four total) of blank Visa pages