Sep 13, 2023

Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician I-III (Grave Shift)

  • Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • 5381 Raley Boulevard, Sacramento, CA, USA
  • $18.00 - $27.00 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.

The duties and responsibilities listed below apply to all levels.  Each level of has additional duties and responsibilities listed.
Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician All:
•    Performs a variety of tasks, which require knowledge of lamination techniques, materials, tools and equipment.
•    Interprets and follows manufacturing orders.
•    Basic working knowledge of computer data entry function preferred
•    Follow proper cure procedures for parts and tools as required
•    Follow proper handling techniques and all safety guidelines
•    Capable of driving forklifts and crane operation 
•    Coordinates with department supervisor and  team lead on all the work going in and out of ovens/autoclaves , assist with moving tools into the staging area
•    Prepare oven/autoclave for loading/unloading by following applicable procedures
•    Responsible for loading/unloading ovens/autoclaves, connecting vacuum lines, thermocouples and verifying leak test on vacuum bagged parts.
•    Perform necessary functions in case of bag leak, or thermal failure.
•    An understanding of all controls and recording equipment for autoclaves and ovens. 
•    Use hand/power tools in a safe and efficient manner for demolding process.
•    Inspection of in-process and finished product using measuring tools and other tests procedures as required. 
•    Familiarity with all safety procedures identified with operating a pressure vessel, overhead crane, and area operations.
•    Must be able to prep tools using cleaning and release agents.
•    Must be able to demold, drill and deflash parts as required per Manufacturing Order
•    Using pre-preg lamination techniques, cuts cloth and lays up products of varying tolerances.
•    Prepares products for vacuum bagging (pre-preg).
•    Handles, applies, stores and disposes of composite materials, adhesives, sealants, resins and solvents using proper handling techniques and following all safety guidelines.
•    Inspects finished products for conformance to specifications.
•    Completes all required documentation related to assigned job(s).
•    Follows FOD (foreign object debris prevention) practices.
•    Complies with established safety directives.

•    Maintains a clean work area to ensure strict adherence to 5S Standards.
•    Complies with established QMS procedures.

Non-Essential Job Duties
•    Other duties as assigned


•    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
•    Ability to effectively communicate professionally in writing or verbally with all levels of personnel
•    Ability to support a “right-the-first-time” approach that focuses on zero defects.

Each successive level of Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician builds on the identified typical qualifications listed for the previous level(s).  

Required Experience:

Typical qualifications for all levels include:
•    Math
•    Documentation
•    Materials Knowledge
•    Tooling/Molds
•    Equipment
•    Process
•    Quality
•    Safety
•    May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship). 

Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician I: 
•    HS Diploma or equivalent
•    Must be able to demonstrate accurate basic math skills
•    Must be able to demonstrate the accurate use of a tape measure
•    Minimum of six months - 1 year of experience required, preferably in manufacturing environment

Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician II:
•    Minimum of 1 - 2 years of experience required, preferably in a manufacturing environment.

Aircraft Composite Autoclave Technician III:
•    Minimum of 3 - 4 years of experience required, preferably in a manufacturing environment.

Preferred Experience:
•    Hands on experience, training, or education in laying up aircraft parts onto hard tooling using pre-preg carbon fiber
•    Hands on experience, training, or education in carbon composite bonding techniques
•    Hands on experience, training, or education in using epoxies and adhesive type materials to build parts and assemblies

Physical Requirements:
•    Standing, walking, lifting, bending, reaching, grasping, stooping, kneeling, climbing
•    Must be physically capable of pushing and pulling carts in and out of the ovens and autoclave and occasionally lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 50 lbs.
•    May occasionally manipulate materials
•    Employee may generate, handle, manage, or work around hazardous materials and hazardous wastes
Working Conditions:
•    May work in controlled and non-temperature controlled environments
•    Occasional exposure to noise, hazardous materials and chemicals
•    May work extended hours or weekends
•    Works with a variety of hand tools, power tools and other related equipment 
•    Works in confined spaces