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Northrop Grumman F-35 Aircraft Structures Mechanic 3 in MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems sector is seeking an F-35 Contractor Field Team Structures Mechanic 3 based at Beaufort.Northrop Grumman is standing up a DoN F-35 program CFT operations to cover five total sites throughout the US and the selected candidate's performance will help Northrop Grumman achieve superior results on the highly visible F-35 program. The selected candidate will primarily support the execution of CFT MRO&U operations at NAS Beaufort with the potential to cover NAS Lemoore, MCAS Miramar, MCAS Cherry Point or MCAS Yuma in the future if the requirements arise.

The selected candidate will lead a team conducting MRO&U maintenance, inspections, and servicing in support of Field-Level Modifications and Time Compliance Technical Data (TCTD) maintenance operations. The technician will be responsible for ensuring the team follows engineering drawings, technical manuals, and structure repair manuals in the performance of MRO&U operations. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing and conducting work for aircraft low observable (LO) outer mold line structures, materials and applications. Responsibility scope includes removing LO, preparing composite or metallic surfaces for coating applications by performing various operations such as sanding, stripping, applying vacuum, performing porosity testing, masking and other preparation tasks, then re-applying LO IAW joint technical data (JTD) and TCTDs.

The selected candidate's performance will directly affect Northrop Grumman's objective of optimizing our role as a key partner in the F-35 program. This position may require travel to other Department of Navy CFT locations for extended periods.



Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED with 4 years of aircraft experience

  • Aircraft Sheet Metal/Structures Experience

  • Hands-on working experience in USAF, Navy or Marines structural discipline or equivalent Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) or an FAA certification

  • Must have an Active Secret Clearance or higher (US Citizenship required)

  • Must be able to successfully complete and pass government required F-35 trainings (Advanced Technical Training and/or Cadre Course) for continued employment

  • Must be willing to provide temporary support to our other CFT locations at NAS Lemoore, MCAS Miramar, MCAS Cherry Point, or MCAS Yuma should the need arise

  • Able to meet the physical demands of this position, including : regularly required to lift up to 50 pounds and perform repetitive movements, work overhead, use hands to grasp, handle, and/or feel, reach. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, squat, crawl, and twist.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5th Generation Sheet Metal and Low Observable experience

  • Experience in Low Observable Coatings application

  • Knowledge of Safety, Tool Control, Foreign Object Damage (FOD), Supply and HAZMAT programs

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.

Job Category : Flight Operations