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Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers - 51-2011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Assemble, fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as tails, wings, fuselage, bulkheads, stabilizers, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, or heating and ventilating systems.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Sheet Metal Assembler and Riveter (SMAR)
  • Structures Technician
  • Helicopter Mechanic
  • Aircraft Line Assembler
  • Assembly Riveter
  • Helicopter Technician
  • Line Assembler
  • Structures Mechanic

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-2000 Assemblers and Fabricators
51-2010 Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers
51-2011.00 Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers

Related Occupations


  • Adjust, repair, rework, or replace parts and assemblies to eliminate malfunctions and to ensure proper operation.
  • Align and fit structural assemblies manually, or signal crane operators to position assemblies for joining.
  • Align, fit, assemble, connect, or install system components, using jigs, fixtures, measuring instruments, hand tools, or power tools.
  • Assemble prefabricated parts to form subassemblies.
  • Assemble prototypes or integrated-technology demonstrators of new or emerging environmental technologies for aircraft.
  • Assemble, install, and connect parts, fittings, and assemblies on aircraft, using layout tools, hand tools, power tools, and fasteners such as bolts, screws, rivets, and clamps.
  • Attach brackets, hinges, or clips to secure or support components or subassemblies, using bolts, screws, rivets, chemical bonding, or welding.
  • Capture or segregate waste material, such as aluminum swarf, machine cutting fluid, or solvents, for recycling or environmentally responsible disposal.
  • Clean aircraft structures, parts, or components, using aqueous, semi-aqueous, aliphatic hydrocarbon, or organic solvent cleaning products or techniques to reduce carbon or other harmful emissions.
  • Clean, oil, or coat system components as necessary before assembly or attachment.
  • Cut cables and tubing, using master templates, measuring instruments, and cable cutters or saws.
  • Cut, trim, file, bend, and smooth parts, and verify sizes and fitting tolerances in order to ensure proper fit and clearance of parts.
  • Fabricate parts needed for assembly or installation, using shop machinery or equipment.
  • Fit and fasten sheet metal coverings to surface areas or other sections of aircraft prior to welding or riveting.
  • Form loops or splices in cables, using clamps and fittings, or reweave cable strands.
  • Inspect or test installed units, parts, systems, or assemblies for fit, alignment, performance, defects, or compliance with standards, using measuring instruments or test equipment.
  • Install and connect control cables to electronically controlled units, using hand tools, ring locks, cotter keys, threaded connectors, turnbuckles, and related devices.
  • Install mechanical linkages and actuators, and verify tension of cables, using tensiometers.
  • Join structural assemblies, such as wings, tails, or fuselage.
  • Layout and mark reference points and locations for installation of parts or components, using jigs, templates, or measuring and marking instruments.
  • Mark identifying information on tubing or cable assemblies, using etching devices, labels, rubber stamps, or other methods.
  • Monitor robotic assembly equipment, such as snake-arm robots, used to assemble, seal, or swage aircraft structures.
  • Position and align subassemblies in jigs or fixtures, using measuring instruments and following blueprint lines and index points.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, illustrations, and specifications to determine layouts, sequences of operations, or identities and relationships of parts.
  • Select and install accessories in swaging machines, using hand tools.
  • Set up or operate machines or systems to crimp, cut, bend, form, swage, flare, bead, burr, or straighten tubing, according to specifications.
  • Set, align, adjust, or synchronize aircraft armament or rigging or control system components to established tolerances or requirements using sighting devices and hand tools.
  • Swage fittings onto cables, using swaging machines.
  • Verify dimensions of cable assemblies or positions of fittings, using measuring instruments.
  • Weld tubing and fittings or solder cable ends, using tack-welders, induction brazing chambers, or other equipment.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
  • Apply lubricants or coolants to workpieces.
  • Assemble electrical or electronic equipment.
  • Assemble electromechanical or hydraulic systems.
  • Assemble metal or plastic parts or products.
  • Assemble metal structures.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products.
  • Connect supply lines to production equipment or tools.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Inspect installed components or assemblies.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Operate cutting equipment.
  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Repair parts or assemblies.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Reshape metal workpieces to established specifications.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Signal others to coordinate work activities.
  • Solder parts or workpieces.
  • Sort recyclable materials.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aircraft Intermediate Level Hydraulic/Pneumatic Mechanic (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Structural Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Launching and Recovery Equipment (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Structural Mechanic Intermediate Level (Navy - Enlisted)
  • CWO - Ordnance, Aviation (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Missile And Space Systems Maintenance Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Squadron Ordnance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Aircraft Mechanic, Armament (Aircraft Manufacturing)
  • Aircraft Mechanic, Plumbing and Hydraulics
  • Assembler, Aircraft, Structures and Surfaces
  • Assembler-Installer, General
  • Precision Assembler

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Aircraft Mechanic, Armament
  • Aircraft Mechanic, Environmental Control System
  • Aircraft Mechanic, Plumbing and Hydraulics
  • Aircraft Mechanic, Rigging and Controls
  • Assembler, Aircraft, Structures and Surfaces
  • Assembler, Tubing
  • Assembler-Installer, General
  • Cable Assembler and Swager
  • Precision Assembler
  • Riveting Machine Operator, Automatic