Jan 12, 2024

Composite Assembler

  • Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • $21.00 - $31.00 hourly
Full time Manufacturing

Job Description

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leader in providing high-performance aerial target systems and advanced unmanned tactical aerial platforms, is looking for career-minded team players for our Sacramento manufacturing plant as we continue to grow our business to meet customer demands.

GENERAL JOB SUMMARY:
Trims, grinds, drills and sands composite parts to precise dimensions.  Mixes and applies appropriate adhesives to bond parts.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

•    Performs a variety of tasks, which require knowledge of fabrication techniques, materials, tools and equipment. 
•    Follows FOD (foreign object prevention) practices
•    Interprets and follows manufacturing orders.
•    Operates shop related machinery including, but not limited to, ovens, pneumatic tools, common hand tools and scales.
•    Handles, applies, stores and disposes of composite materials, adhesives, sealants, resins and solvents.
•    Supports and exhibits the focus of zero defects as well as “right-the-first-time” approach.
•    Inspects finished products for conformance to specifications.
•    May work from verbal instructions.
•    Complies with established safety directives. 
•    Maintains a clean work area and ensures strict adherence to the 5S Standards.
•    Complies with established QMS procedures.

Based on Level:
•    May work under close, limited, or minimal supervision.
•    May work from engineering drawings, rough sketches, manuals and/or appropriate engineering direction.
•    Prepares, abrades and bonds composite and metal-to-composite assemblies.
•    Rivets both solid and blind rivets.
•    May install electronic components.
•    Performs hand layout of features for trimming and drilling in parts or assemblies.
•    Meets or exceeds productivity and quality standards.
•    Capable of performing wet layups.
•    May train and mentor new employees in proper trimming, abrading and bonding techniques, with supervisory approval.
•    May fabricate prototype parts from sketches.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Each successive level of Composite Assembler builds on the identified knowledge, skills and abilities listed for the previous level(s) Composite Assemblers.  
•    Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards
•    Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors
•    Ability to interact appropriately with the public when necessary
•    Ability to adhere to workplace rules

Composite Assembler I
1.    Must be able to demonstrate accurate basic math skills.
2.    Must be able to demonstrate good attention to detail resulting in the production of high quality parts.
3.    Must be able to demonstrate ability to use hand tools.
4.    Must be able to demonstrate the accurate use of a tape measure.
5.    Precise measuring experience is a plus.
6.    Typical qualifications for this level include:
•    Basic Math Skills
•    Documentation – skills in reading and writing various forms of documentation
•    Basic Computer Skills
•    Ability to differentiate between various types of composite materials 
•    Ability to operate equipment used within department
•    Ability to read and follow processes and procedures
•    Ability to use powered and non-powered tools to perform cutting, grinding, drilling of composite materials. 
•    Ability to understand and follow Kratos’ Quality System
•    Adherence to all Safety procedures

Composite Assembler II
1.    Must be able to perform basic lamination repairs.
2.    Must be able to use precision measuring devices.
3.    Typical qualifications for this level include an intermediate level of:
•    Math Skills
•    Documentation– skills in reading and writing various forms of documentation
•    Computer Skills
•    Materials Knowledge
•    Ability to operate equipment used within department

•    Ability to read, interpret, and follow processes and procedures
•    Ability to use powered and non-powered tools to perform cutting, grinding, drilling of composite materials. 
•    Ability to understand and follow Kratos’ Quality System
•    Adherence to all Safety procedures
•    Consistently perform to established production standards.

Composite Assembler III
1.    Must be able to use precision measuring devices.
2.    Interpret and work from Industry Specs.
3.    Handle a great deal of repair work.
4.    Train and mentor other Assemblers.
5.    Be proactive to look for process improvement ideas.
6.    Typical qualifications for this level include an advanced level of:
•    Math Skills
•    Documentation– skills in reading and writing various forms of documentation
•    Computer Skills
•    Materials Knowledge
•    Ability to operate equipment used within department
•    Ability to read, interpret, and follow processes and procedures
•    Ability to use powered and non-powered tools to perform cutting, grinding, drilling of composite materials. 
•    Ability to understand and follow Kratos’ Quality System
•    Adherence to all Safety procedures
•    Normally exceeds standard production hours

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Required:

•    Requires high school education or equivalent.

Composite Assembler I
•    Hands-on experience in manufacturing production.

Composite Assembler II
•    2-3 years hands-on experience in composite manufacturing.

Composite Assembler III
•    5+ years hands-on experience in composite manufacturing.  
•    Experience with Vacuum Bagging, and various forms of Lamination repair.

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
•    Manufacturing environment
•    Ability to stand and sit for long periods of time
•    Ability to perform repetitive motion
•    Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
•    Employee may generate, handle, manage, or work around hazardous materials and hazardous wastes.