Lockheed Martin Composites Fabricator and Assembler, Senior - 1st Shift in Palmdale, California


Builds up, fabricates, cures, and assembles various types of plastic, ceramic and composite products and assemblies, including bonded and mechanically-fastened assemblies, where required information is not readily available, operational sequences change or vary considerably, tooling is inadequate or not provided, where it is required to exercise a knowledge of the physical properties of materials such as, but not limited to, thermosets, thermoplastics, plastics, ceramics and composites and their forming and processing characteristics, and of the physical and bonding characteristics of materials and adhesives used; locates to all critical reference points, and assures coordination of parts and subassemblies to exacting tolerances when required in building assemblies, and in incorporating design or modification changes, which materially alter previous assembly references and sequence; builds laminated assemblies by determining proper placement, and laying up composite, plastic and metal parts and adhesives onto tools or molds; prepares parts for bagging, including placement of bleeders, thermocouples, probes and vacuum connections, checks seals on completed bagged parts for leaks; sets up assemblies and parts in various types of processing and curing equipment such as an autoclave, oven or platen press in order to obtain desired set and cure; operates autoclave controls to obtain and maintain proper temperature, pressure and time cycle in accordance with engineering materials process specifications; corrects defects as required.

Performs rework of the level of difficulty of the operations described above.

Must possess certification required by the Company. Must demonstrate skills equivalent to Blueprint I and shop math. Must be knowledgeable in the use of process specifications.

Must possess a minimum of two years of plastics and composites fabrication experience.


Improvises shop aids to facilitate fabrication and assembly operations as required.

Operates cutting and trimming machines as required.

Performs such operations as trimming, altering, removing, replacing, realigning or reforming composite or plastic parts and components to provide an acceptable assembly.

Records manufacturing information such as lay-up, curing and other operations for future use by others. Checks composite or plastic parts and assemblies for defects and conformance to specifications; recommends changes in time cycles, pressures or similar specifications.

Performs bonding operations in the assembly of plastic parts.

Performs final finishing, grinding and polishing of parts as required.

Prepares proper mixes of resins and catalysts; lays out, cuts, prepares and impregnates materials as required.

Drills, reams and countersinks holes and installs fasteners as required.

Collaborates with liaison and other authorized personnel to determine satisfactory fabrication and assembly sequences. Points out need for tooling, part or assembly corrections, or for new or revised process standards and specifications as required.

NOTE: Employees currently in or on recall to this combination classification will receive adequate training on Company time in job duties unrelated to their current or previously held classification.

This job incorporates duties previously described in the following classifications:

4873 Composites Fabricator 4214 Grinder Operator - Plastic Parts

Basic Qualifications Active secret clearance with an investigation within the last 5 years. Must possess certification required by the Company. Must demonstrate skills equivalent to Blueprint I and shop math. Must be knowledgeable in the use of process specifications.

Must possess a minimum of two years of plastics and composites fabrication experience.

Essential Job Functions Physical Demands Composites Fabricator & Assembler Sr (RP4879)

Standing: Requires full time standing with limited resting periods and to walk distances. Sit for extended periods if required.

Heights: Able to work at heights. Able to climb stairs or ladders as required. Able to work off of step stools, scissor lifts, lift platforms and aircraft structure without handrails.

Overhead work: Able to work overhead as required.

Weight restriction: Able to Lift/push/pull/carry a minimum of 40 lbs.

Body positioning: Able to twist/bend (neck or waist) and stoop. Able to work in awkward positions as required. Able to squat/kneel/crawl/reach as required.

Work content: Able to use/hold/manipulate small tools and parts with hands. Simple grasping, power grasping and fine manipulation is required. Able to use vibrating tools and perform torqueing operations. Able to use power equipment. Repetitive tasks will be performed. Able to use computer keyboard, mouse and monitor for extended periods of time.

Vision/Hearing: High level Hand/Eye coordination required. Corrective lenses may be used. Eye protection required in many instances. Color differentiation may be required. Must be able to hear at level required for positions.

Environmental: Able to work around noise, chemicals, fumes and dust. Capable of using respirators and other personal protective equipment including hearing protection if required. Able to work outside if needed.

Attendance: Regular attendance required based on set work schedule. Able to work any shift.

Vehicles/Power moving equipment: Able to operate as required. Able to work around heavy equipment or machinery.

The physical demands described above do not contain a comprehensive listing of all physical requirements for all positions. The physical demands of each position will vary based on business needs so the physical demands described above are subject to change and employees therefore will also be expected to perform all physical requirements necessary for their positions. This job description may be changed to include new or different physical demands or change existing ones as management deems necessary.

Desired skills Must be able to attain a Final Secret clearance and Special Program Access prior to start. Secret clearance.

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Job Location(s): Palmdale California