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Aircraft Mechanic 3

Requisition ID: R10046245

  • Category IconCategory: Flight Operations
  • Location IconLocation: San Diego, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

This position will serve as a subject-matter expert on all facets of maintenance operations on the F-35 airframe. Incumbent must be a self-starter, ability to make timely decisions and willing to learn all facets of the nose-to-tail maintenance concept of the F-35 aircraft.  Perform maintenance tasks that include conditioning aircraft for modifications, removal, and installation of attaching hardware, component removal and installations, assistance with software uploads, and various system operational checkouts. Responsible for customer training via On-The-Job Training and complete work assignments in accordance with applicable Joint Technical Data (JTD) guidance. Also perform periodic post modification inspections of overhaul and repairs completed during modifications that required replacement of assemblies and parts. 

  • Technical requirements also include fault isolation, troubleshooting, and repair of system failures detected during operational checks associated with modifications and restoration of aircraft to flying condition subsequent to accomplishment of modifications incorporation and maintenance.

  • Interprets and uses various test equipment and works from wiring diagrams, engineering drawings, job guides, and maintenance manuals.

  • Must be willing to train and assist in multiple disciplines. Responsible for the performance of company programs/projects in support of customer requirements. Participates in the maintenance and logistics scheduling and execution.

  • Develops solutions to complex problems concerning support to assigned site. This requisition supports the aircraft modification and heavy maintenance program supporting F-35 program requirements.

  • Verifies application/condition of installed LO materials for conformity to specifications and determines material and time required to perform repairs; removes, takes corrective action, and makes reinstallations where design and modification changes.

  • Candidate is required to regularly perform repetitive movements, work overhead, use hands to grasp, handle, and/or feel, reach. The candidate is frequently required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, squat, crawl, and twist.

Other Job Responsibilities:

  • Sets up and operates various types of material testers and mixers.

  • Record data and procedural information for future use by others.

  • Improvises shop aids to facilitate fabrication, application or assembly operations.

  • Work in a safe and efficient manner while maintaining a clean, FOD-free work area.

  • Must be a US Citizen. This position is located at a facility that requires special access.

  • Interim Clearance is required to start. Candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Requires minimum of 4 years F-35 or Fifth Generation aircraft maintenance experience to include working experience and knowledge of Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) to include, Anomaly Fault Resolution System, Customer Relationship Management, Joint Technical Data Navigation, Portable Maintenance Aid (PMA)/Maintenance Vehicle Interface (MVI) activities, Configuration Management and forms documentation and supply chain management activities.

  • 3 years APG/Crew Chief experience on fighter type aircraft or have been previously awarded a 5 or 7 Skill level USAF AFSC, Navy NEC, or Marine MOS CDI/CDQAR qualification rating or an equivalent Airframe and Power Plant, FAA certificate. Civil service WG08.

  • Must possess F-35 maintenance and inspection experience in either of the following: Airframe/Structures/Avionics/Electronics/Power Plant/Low Observables.

  • Performs required Airframe and Powerplant General/Technical Aircraft Maintenance (TAMS) (Crew Chief) tasks in support of maintenance technicians in support of tasks identified by the USAF and in technical data issued for the F-35 aircraft.

Desired Skills:

  • Advanced working level of knowledge on F-35 Maintenance Information Systems such as Electronic Maintenance Instructions, Aircraft Forms Documentation, and Supply Chain Management and Process Specifications.

  • U.S. Navy, or U.S. Marine Corps F-35 experience with thorough understanding of Fighter Aircraft Systems and Operations under COMNAVAIRFORINST 4790.2.

  • Knowledgeable of Safety, Tool Control, Foreign Object damage (FOD), Supply, Hazardous Material (HAZMAT), Training Management System (TMS), Quality Assurance, and Security programs.

  • Fifth generation aircraft Crew Chief or Sheet Metal experience.

  • Experience and knowledge of F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) or Integrated Maintenance Information System (IMIS).

  • Experience in F-35 Portable Maintenance Aid (PMA) activities such as aircraft forms documentation, technical data usage, and supply chain management activities.

  • Low Observable Coatings application.

  • Proficiency with F-35 Nose-to-Tail maintenance concept.

  • An FAA Aircraft and Power Plant Mechanic license is desirable.

  • Low Observable/Corrosion/Structures Maintenance/Inspection Experience.

  • Avionics/Electrical Systems Maintenance/Inspection Experience.

  • Powerplant/Fuel systems Maintenance/Inspection Experience.


Salary Range: $59,400 USD - $99,000 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.