Autoclave Operator Tech Sr
In a team oriented work environment, independently sets up and operates autoclaves and auxiliary equipment to cure and bond metallic, fiberglass and carbon fiber aircraft parts and assemblies according to specifications. Function as a team member and assist in providing technical direction to other team members. Possess the ability to organize and perform new job tasks with a working knowledge of other parts and part numbers. Establishes priorities and assist in the development of work schedules. Must be proficient at leading, monitoring and scheduling the work of team members.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Essential Functions: 1. Sets up and operates autoclaves and auxiliary equipment to cure and bond metallic and nonmetallic aircraft parts and assemblies according to manufacturing specifications. 2. Reads and interprets Route Cards, GAMP and DMT documents to determine bonding process specifications. 3. Selects parts and assemblies for simultaneous bonding, based on similarity of processing requirements and autoclave capacity. 4. Arranges jigs and tools containing parts and assemblies on bonding racks and strategically loads and positions racks into autoclaves manually or by using equipment such as a hoist, forklift or tow mules. 5. Connects thermocouples and vacuum lines to fittings on jigs or tool ports and/or thermocouple and vacuum plugs inside of autoclave. 6. Populates and confirms required part number, thermocouple and vacuum port information into autoclave computerized operating system prior to energizing autoclave. 7. Adjusts manual controls and/or enters commands into computerized operating system to regulate and activate autoclave power supply, cooling system, vacuum, heat and pressure gauges and recorders, and to close interlocking autoclave doors. 8. Monitors instruments, switches, and recorders and listens for warning signals during autoclave operation to ensure conformance to specifications, and modifies or aborts process as required. 9. Maintains manual or computerized autoclave processing records. 10. Operates curing ovens and presses with heated platens (metal-bonding press operator) to cure and bond parts. 11. Retrieves scheduled DWP lay-up tools from tool storage and preps and releases tools for bond room lay-up operation. 12. Break down and cleaning of tools containing cured parts. 13. Ensures that parts, lab samples, and related paper work are processed and taken to proper location. 14. Suggests methods or procedures for improved operations to supervision or liaison personnel. 15. Discusses loading, unloading, and operation of autoclaves and auxiliary equipment with other operators and workers to ensure safety of individuals working in and around autoclave vessels. 16. Instructs and/or assists other team members in interpretation of Route Cards, GAMPS or DMTs and develop methods and shop aids to resolve autoclave difficulties and problems.
Education and Experience Requirements: