Low Observable Coater - F-35 Speciality Painter
Description: This occupation requires robotic and manual application of special technology coatings to produce aircraft, parts and assemblies with low-observable characteristics.
Reads and interprets laboratory, engineering and manufacturing process specifications and plans sequence of operations for finish applications on low-observable aircraft, parts, assemblies and test articles. Determines methods, tools, operations and sequences necessary to apply, rework, or repair aircraft structural coatings and finishes requiring ingenuity in developing new procedures or in deviating from standard practices to meet special requirements. Sets up robotic coating application equipment by loading programs, initializing robots and positioning parts/assemblies to be finished. Operates robotic coating application systems, recognizing problems and initiating corrective action as required. Sets up and operates the Laser Projection System, utilizing existing programs, for the purpose of creating sub-assembly material kits and projecting mask lines on parts. Sets up and operates manual application equipment to apply both special technology and traditional coatings when so assigned. Performs preliminary process preparations such as removing/reinstalling panels and assemblies, cleaning, and hand or machine surface finishing when so assigned. Mixes coatings to specified proportions, verifying physical properties of mix such as viscosity and temperature as required. Working to exacting tolerances, applies coatings to specified thicknesses and surface texture. When so assigned, may fill gaps, blend steps and mask layouts in accordance with sketches, blueprints or verbal instructions.
Tests and measures coating thicknesses both in process and when fully cured. Hand or machine finishes coated surfaces and details artifacts such as tapered edges. Develops overlays and performs first run bonding operations. Uses geometry to cut raw-stock materials prior to bonding operations. Applies films and decals. Sets up and operates micro-processor controlled coating chambers monitoring humidity, temperature and pressure to ensure proper application of special technology coatings. Works closely with authorized liaison personnel, to suggest or develop repair and/or maintenance procedures to be performed during routine maintenance operations or in the field, to assure maintainability of design requirements when coatings or finishes become damaged or worn during the life of the aircraft. When so assigned, assists other personnel during radar cross section testing to identify and resolve low-observable problems. May perform rework where coatings must be moved/reapplied. Cleans equipment as required.
Desired Skills: - Previous coatings experience
- 5 years experience as a Low observable coater
- Previous F-22 or F-35 coatings experience
Ability to set up and operate robotic coating application equipment; to work with exceptional detail and to exacting tolerances as typically required on special technology vehicle exteriors. Requires a thorough knowledge of surface finishing, coating and applique techniques associated with low-observable technology. Ability to use all necessary equipment to obtain the desired results. Ability to work interactively with a wide variety of other personnel to produce products with low-observable characteristics. Knowledge of shop mathematics including decimals, fractions and geometry.
A candidate is required to have the following minimum level of experience or training:
Completion of the one-year (or earlier as determined by performance) Special Technology Finisher/Coater Trainee, 381-3 Program.
Two years of similar outside experience which would include the application, hand and/or machine finishing of aircraft components, parts and fine details such as contours and tapers.
1. The ability to perform basic computer skills will be required in order to operate computer controlled paint robots.
2. Must have documented evidence of ability to read and interpret complex assembly and installation blueprints.
3. Must possess active Security Clearance(s) as required by the respective program.
Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.
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