[Here’s what the government gives for a job description:
The Aircraft Mechanic I troubleshoots malfunctions in aircraft structure, landing gear, flight surfaces and controls, anti-icing, pneudraulic, engines, auxiliary power unit, and ventilation and heating systems. This mechanic repairs, replaces, and rebuilds aircraft structures, such as wings and fuselage, and functional components including rigging, surface controls, and plumbing and hydraulic units, using hand tools, power tools, machines, and equipment such as shears, sheet metal brake, welding equipment, rivet gun, and drills. This mechanic reads and interprets manufacturers’ and airline’s maintenance manuals, service bulletins, technical data, engineering data, and other specifications to determine feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components. This mechanic performs 100-hour, progressive, isochronal, phase, periodic, and other hourly or calendar inspections, examines reciprocating engines for cracked cylinders and oil leaks, and listens to operating engine to detect and diagnose malfunctions, such as sticking or burnt valves, inspects jet engines and components for cracks, corrosion, foreign object damage, burned areas, distortions, security, warping, wear, and missing segments. Inspects jet engine turbine blades to detect cracks, distortion, corrosion, burn-out, security, or breaks, tests engine operation, using testing equipment, such as ignition analyzer, compression checker, distributor timer, ammeter, and jet calibration (Jetcal) tester, to locate source of malfunction. Work involves replacing or repairing worn or damaged components, such as carburetors, alternators, magnetos, fuel controls, fuel pumps, oil pumps, and engine mounted gearboxes, and compressor bleed valves using hand tools, gauges, and testing equipment; removing engine from aircraft, using hoist or forklift truck, disassembling and inspecting parts for wear, cracks, security, or other defects, and repairing or replacing defective engine parts and reassembles and installs engine in aircraft. Job duties require that this mechanic adjusts, repairs, or replaces electrical wiring system and aircraft accessories, performs preflight, thru-flight, and post-flight maintenance inspections, performs miscellaneous duties to service aircraft, including flushing crankcase, cleaning screens and filters, greasing moving parts, and checking brakes. This incumbent supervises the jacking and towing of aircraft, enters in the maintenance records description of the work performed and verifies the work was performed satisfactorily, may service engines and airframe components at line station making repairs, short of overhaul, required to keep aircraft in safe operating condition, may specialize in work, repair and modification of structural, precision, and functional spare parts and assemblies, and may specialize in engine repair. ]
Here’s how I rewrote it to reflect the actual work performed:
Job Title: Aircraft Mechanic I
The Aircraft Mechanic I inspects, repairs, replaces, and rebuilds components such as flight controls, plumbing and hydraulic units, aircraft structures, landing gear, anti-icing components, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, engines, drivetrain components, auxiliary power units, and ventilation and heating systems. The mechanic uses hand tools, power tools, machines, overhead hoists, and equipment such as external hydraulic power carts and nitrogen servicing carts.
The mechanic reads and interprets manufacturer’s maintenance manuals, service bulletins, technical data, and other specifications to determine feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning and/or damaged components. The mechanic performs scheduled, unscheduled, phase, periodic, and other special inspections.
The Aircraft Mechanic may remove and install components such as engines, transmissions, gearboxes, fuel cells and systems, flight control actuators, control rods and cables, hydraulic components, and drivetrain components from an aircraft. They disassemble, clean, and inspect parts for wear, cracks, security, corrosion, foreign object damage, distortions, integrity, or other defects according to technical manuals. They repair or replace defective parts, and reassemble and/or install components in an aircraft.
Job duties may require that the mechanic perform preflight and post-flight maintenance inspections and other miscellaneous duties to service aircraft. These may include flushing gearboxes, cleaning screens and filters, greasing moving parts, checking brakes, and jacking and towing of aircraft. They are responsible for entering any work and inspections performed into maintenance records and are responsible for verifying that their completed work meets applicable standards.
The Aircraft Mechanic I may service engines and airframe components to keep aircraft in safe operating condition, may specialize in work, repair and modification of structural, precision, and functional spare parts and assemblies, and may specialize in engine repair. This worker may be required to be licensed by Federal Aviation Administration.
NOTE: The Contractor shall provide, as needed, certified solder mechanics, welders, and additional OSHA directed certifications as required by the description of work performed by the contractor.