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Aircraft Mechanic and Fabrication Specialist job at UCAR NCAR in Boulder CO
Description, duties, responsibilities
Location: Broomfield, Colorado
Type: Full-time, Non-Exempt
Relocation: Relocation assistance is available for this position.
- U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.
- UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.
Where You Will Work:
Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).
The Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) is one of the seven laboratories of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which is the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Federally Funded Research and Development Center. EOL's mission is to provide leadership in observing facilities, field project support as well as research and data services needed to advance the scientific understanding of the Earth system. EOL manages the majority of the NSF Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) and deploys them in support of observational field campaigns, ranging from single investigator projects to large complex campaigns that involve multiple investigators, agencies, and platforms, nationally and internationally. EOL deploys its systems for research by scientists from universities, NCAR, and government agencies, as well as for education. An integral part of EOL’s mission is to develop the next generation of LAOF and to provide management and archiving of data from past supported campaigns.
EOL's Research Aviation Facility (RAF) is a national resource for the advancement of airborne research in the geosciences, with a focus on the safe operation of research aircraft in a wide variety of challenging sampling environments. RAF has been in operation since 1964, serving the NSF geosciences community by providing research platforms and expertise in airborne installations and measurement techniques. The NSF/NCAR aircraft, a Gulfstream V (also known as HIAPER) and a Hercules C-130, together with their available instrumentation, offer a level of sophistication and operational capabilities that are not generally available for NSF programs elsewhere. The NSF/NCAR GV and C-130 are housed and managed at EOL's Research Aviation Facility (RAF) located at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC).
For more information on working in EOL, please see the Join Our Team page.
What You Will Do:
Responsible for routine and non-routine inspection, service and repair of turbine powered turbo-fan and turbo-prop aircraft including airframe, engines, systems, and propellers, in accordance with the manufactures and federal aviation requirements. Additional responsibilities include participation in aircraft modifications, inspection of scientific instrumentation, and fabrication of supporting equipment to meet research requirements. The position also requires extensive travel in support of field programs and aircraft maintenance functions.
- Conducts scheduled and non-scheduled inspections, to include:
- Turbine engines, fuselage, wings, empennage, propellers, landing gear, aircraft systems, and fuel tanks in accordance with established FAA requirements and manufactures maintenance manuals.
- Conducts troubleshooting and repair/replacement of scheduled, non-scheduled/non-routine, pilot report issues related to:
- Turbine engines, propellers, airframe equipment, landing gear, electrical/avionics components and wiring, aircraft systems, components, accessories, and equipment.
- Reads and interprets aircraft maintenance manuals, wiring diagrams, engineering drawings, and computer based maintenance tracking software.
- Performs pre-flight and post flight inspections of aircraft, and travels (domestically and internationally) in support of field programs and aircraft maintenance functions.
- Fabricates and repairs sheet metal and composite structures per print. Locates and/or sources material and supplies for the fabrication tasks. Uses tools such as power shear, sheet metal brake, rivet guns, drills, drill presses, and lathes. Must be able to design simple assemblies with little engineering guidance.
- Assists instrumentation technicians and researchers in machining, fabrication, inspection and installation tasks related to scientific instrumentation.
- Operates large power equipment such as forklifts and aircraft tractors.
- Assists in maintaining ground support equipment.
What You Need:
- Possess a current and violation free FAA Airframe and Power Plant license.
- Five years experience as an A&P mechanic.
- Three years experience working on turbine powered aircraft.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Good oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated skill in using a PC computer, including working with computer based aircraft maintenance programs (ex. Flight Docs, Gulfstream CMP, CAMP).
- Knowledge of and demonstrated skill in sheet metal, painting, honeycomb and composite repair/fabrication procedures and techniques.
- Knowledge of FAA maintenance regulations.
- Demonstrated skill in problem analysis and decision making.
- Ability to use and interpret manufacturer technical aircraft maintenance publications.
- Knowledge and experience maintaining turbine powered aircraft.
- Must be able to obtain a U.S. passport.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license.
- Must be willing to travel up to 16 weeks per year.
- Must be able to pass an ATF background check.
- Must be able to pass a Transportation Screening Authority (TSA) screening for airport operations.
- Must have or be able to obtain hand tools for use in work.
- Willing and able to travel domestically and internationally.
Desired but Not Required:
- Experience with Lockheed C-130 and/or Gulfstream GV aircraft.
- Must be able to pass a FAA third class medical.
What’s in it for You:
- Paid Holidays
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
- Retirement Plan
- And more!
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.
Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.
UCAR | NCAR Company Overview
Fostering deeper understanding of the atmosphere and Earth system The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is a nonprofit consortium of more than 100 North American member colleges and universities focused on research and training in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences. UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research with sponsorship by the National Science Foundation. Through our community programs, UCAR supports and extends the capabilities of our academic consortium. The National Center for Atmospheric Research provides research, observing and computing facilities, and a variety of services for the atmospheric and related Earth sciences community. The UCAR Community Programs provide innovative services in support of the consortium's education and research goals.