California or Arizona

Aircraft Mechanic III (F-35-CDQAR/Airframes)

PLEASE NOTE: Please do not apply if you require visa sponsorship.  This position requires the candidate be able to work in the U.S. WITHOUT the need for visa sponsorship!  

This is a full time/direct hire position offering a competitive salary with full benefits package.

Position: Aircraft Mechanic III (F-35-CDQAR/Airframes)

Employment location:  Miramar, CA or Yuma, AZ

About Employer:

The employer is an elite provider of skilled personnel, delivering Aerospace Maintenance, Training, and Logistics Services, committed to continual improvement, exceeding customer expectations, and implementing quality standards in dynamic environments.

The employer will be providing contractor Organizational Level (O-Level) maintenance in support to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW) squadrons at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA., and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma AZ.

About the role

The Aircraft Mechanic III (F-35 CDQAR/Airframes ) Leads a team in the performance of aircraft maintenance, inspections, and scheduled / unscheduled maintenance. Processes the technical experience to supervise, subordinate mechanics and provide technical guidance on maintenance operations on the F-35A/B/C.

Performs scheduled/unscheduled Organizational Level maintenance on F-35 aircraft airframe, power plants, structures, and related systems. This mechanic must have a combination of experience to repair composite and sheet metal, aircraft structures and hydraulic components of a difficulty level deemed moderate to complex.

Additional duties include:

  • Responsible for all aircraft low observable outer mold line structures, materials, and applications.
  • Leads a team in the performance of aircraft scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.
  • Prepares 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.
  • Mixes and applies sealants, gap fillers and any other required processes prior to paint which may require the use of heating devices.
  • Mixes and applies paints and other coatings at the proper spraying consistency and brush/roller application.
  • Applies additional surface details to manufacturer specifications.
  • Performs or coordinates component-level testing for specification compliance after applications have been completed.
  • May perform similar duties in aircraft maintenance, modification, or maintenance role.
  • Verifies application/condition of installed Low Observable materials for conformity to specifications and determines material required to perform repairs.
  • Removes, takes corrective action, and makes reinstallations for design and modification changes.
  • Sets up and operates various types of material testers and mixers.
  • Troubleshoots, repairs and services aircraft systems.
  • Conducts diagnosis of malfunctions
  • Performs maintenance, disassembly, rework, repair, replacement, re-assembly, or adjustment of various aircraft systems in accordance with technical specifications, engineering instructions, Naval Aviation Maintenance Program (NAMP) as promulgated by COMNAVFORINST 4790.2 (series) and applicable publications, technical directives, instructions, standards, and/or procedures contained in pertinent manuals utilizing blueprints, drawings, or schematics pertinent to this Performance Work Statement as provided by the Contracting Officer Representative (COR).
  • Adhere to the Aircraft Confined Space Program
  • Properly utilize associated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Pass the Government’s F-35 Low Observable Systems Technician Course (If not previously qualified)
  • Any and all other duties as assigned by the Program Manager/Site Manager.


  • A high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Preferred: Eight (8) years’ USN/USMC/USAF Organizational level aircraft airframes/structural and corrosion control experience on the F-35 aircraft with a F-35 CDQAR/7 level Airframes MOS/NEC/AFSC CDQAR designation.
  • Alternate: Level III applicants with less than 8 years of experience will be considered if they have advanced T/M/S specific (F-35A/B/C) experience/qualifications (CDQAR/QAR) within the Airframes MOS/NEC/AFSC.
  • Must present documentation of having been previously qualified as an F-35 CDQAR Airframes /7 level (Mech III) either as a contractor or while on active duty.
  • Within 90 days of hiring, applicants will need to requalify and be redesignated as a F-35 Collateral Duty Quality Assurance Representative (CDQAR).
  • Preferred: Previously certified as F-35 Low Observable (L/O) qualified. Via one of the courses listed below:
    • LO Restoration F-35B Airframes/Related Systems Technician Course (CIN C-603-0008/0009)
    • LO Restoration F-35C Airframes/Related Systems Technician Course (CIN C-603-007)
    • LO Restoration Field Training Detachment (FTD)F-35 Low Observable Systems Technician Course/LO cross-training syllabus

OR have completed both of following courses:

  • F35 LO observable finishes overview: 060450iLT000, general overview
  • OJT course: General LO Observable Training Course: 088312ilY00
  • Completion of the appropriate Navy Skill Specialty Class “C” school in airframes systems or USMC, USAF equivalent.
  • Must have completed the appropriate Navy Skill Specialty Class “C” school in airframes systems or USMC, USAF equivalent.
  • Must acquire all Support Equipment licenses that are required for the position once hired.
  • Shall possess a thorough understanding or become familiar and proficient with  ALIS/CMMS/LOHAS documentation system within 90 days of employment.
  • Must have and maintain a valid State Driver’s License
  • This position will require U.S. citizenship due to the requirement to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret security clearance.

Ability to:

  • Occasionally travel (20%).
  • Be available to work the day or night shift.

Compensation & Benefits

Successful candidates will not only be provided with an outstanding career opportunity and welcoming environment but will also receive a generous and competitive total compensation package that support employees through every stage of life:

  • $45.48 hour
  • This is a full time/ non-exempt/ union position.
  • The company sponsors group medical, dental, vision, basic life paid coverage plans for the employee/family.
  •  A variable hourly Health & Welfare benefit is provided for those who opt out of company offered plans.
  • 401k plan offered with a company contribution.
  • Eleven (11) paid holidays per year.
  • Employees will accrue PTO at a bi-weekly accrual rate of 4.31 hours per pay period. (112 hours annual)
  • 3-5 paid days in cases of bereavement leave.
  • Paid Jury Duty. See CBA for specific details.
  • 3-5 days for paid Bereavement Leave. See CBA for specific details.
  • Employee Assistance Program (no cost).
  • $75.00 employer contribution each month towards the Machinist Custom Choice Benefits.
  • 40 paid Sick hours each calendar year

Incentive Sign on Bonus:

A Sign on Bonus may be offered if the following criteria are met:

  • Must present documentation of having been previously qualified as an F-35 CDQAR/7 LEVEL (Mech III ) either as a contractor or while on active duty.
  • Must present proof of prior F-35 LO certification as outlined above.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Primarily in a workshop environment but may traverse into high noise areas or near active jet aircraft operating ramps.
  • Ability to both sit and stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to perform repetitive motion (keyboarding, 10-key).
  • This position requires normal physical functions. Work may require frequent bending, reaching, and climbing.
  • May frequently lift and carry items weighing up to fifty pounds and occasionally lift heavier items with the assistance of other workers.
  • Work may be performed on top or under equipment in cramped or awkward positions.
  • Normal color perception required.
  • The noise level in the primary work environment is usually moderate.
  • May be exposed at times to moderate discomforts such as heat, cold, rain, wind.

  • Location: California or Arizona
  • Categories: Aviation Maintenance

Sharon Ballgae

Contact Information
  • Call: (904) 264-0097
  • Fax: (904) 264-0230

Aviation Recruiting, Inc.
1845 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 350
Fleming Island, FL 32003

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