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Aircraft Structural Maintenance

Overview: Plastics and fiber materials have replaced many formerly metal aircraft components as they are lighter and more flexible. Aircraft Structural Maintenance personnel are experts in the maintenance and repair of non-metal aircraft parts and components, including tubing, sealants and protective coatings.

Position: Enlisted


Specific Tasks:

  • Repair or replace plastic, fiberglass, bonded structures and bonded honeycomb assemblies
  • Classify damage to aircraft structures for repair to original strength, weight and contour 
  • Balance aircraft control surfaces and ensure repairs are pressure, fluid and weather tight 
  • Use various methods of identifying metals, such as mechanical and chemical testing, in order to ensure that the proper corrosion treatment procedures are followed 
  • Apply protective coatings to aircraft structural materials


  • Completion of high school with courses in mathematics, algebra, chemistry, physics, mechanical drawing and metal working is desirable
  • ASVAB score of 47 on Mechanical 


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8.5 weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX; followed by Technical Training 

Related Civilian Careers: 

  • Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians 
  • Sheet Metal Workers