Jan 12, 2024

Composites Fabricator & Assembler *Active Clearance Required*

  • Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • 5381 Raley Boulevard, Sacramento, CA, USA
  • $24.00 - $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. Assemble components to form subassemblies per documentation directions.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Each successive level of Composite Assembler builds on the identified knowledge, skills and abilities listed for the previous level(s) Composite Assemblers. 

  • Builds, fabricates, cures, and assembles various types of plastic, ceramic and composite products and assemblies; including bonded and mechanically-fastened assemblies.
  • Interprets and follows manufacturing orders, and assures coordination of parts and subassemblies to exacting tolerances when required in building assemblies, incorporates design and/or modification changes
  • 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.
  • Assemblies compiling 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.
  • Trims, grinds, drills and sands composite parts to precise dimensions. 
  • Mixes and applies appropriate adhesives to bond parts.
  • 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.
  • Reads and understands technical drawings.
  • Repairs damaged composite areas, utilizing a variety of composite repair methods including damage area detection, precise damage removal and preparation, wet layup repair, pre-preg repair, heat blanket, local vacuum bagging, temporary Caul plate fabrication and installation and repair finishing.    

Composite Fabricator/Assembler I

  • Works under close supervision.
  • May work from engineering drawings.
  • Builds laminated assemblies by determining proper placement, and laying up composite, plastic and metal parts and adhesives onto tools or molds.
  • 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.

Composite Fabricator/Assembler II

  • Works under limited 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.
  • Capable of performing wet layups.
  • Meets or exceeds productivity and quality standards.
  • Trains and mentors new employees in proper trimming, abrading and bonding techniques, with supervisory approval. 

Composite Fabricator/Assembler III

  • Works under minimal supervision.
  • Meets or exceeds productivity and quality standards.
  • Ability to work at any work center in the department.
  • Trains and mentors new employees in proper trimming, abrading and bonding techniques.
  • May fabricate prototype parts from sketches.

Non-Essential Job Duties

  • Other duties may be assigned 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:

None.

Experience and Skills

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

The knowledge, skills and abilities listed below apply to all levels of Composite Fabricator & Assembler.  Each successive level of Composite Fabricator & Assembler has additional knowledge, skills and abilities listed.

  • 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

Composite Fabricator/Assembler I

  • Must be able to demonstrate accurate basic math skills.
  • Must be able to demonstrate good attention to detail resulting in the production of high quality parts.
  • Must be able to demonstrate ability to use hand tools.
  • Must be knowledgeable in the use of process specifications.
  • Precise measuring experience is a plus.

Typical qualifications for this level include:

  • 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.

Composite Fabricator/Assembler II

  • Must be able to perform basic lamination repairs.
  • Must be able to use precision measuring devices.
  • Must be knowledgeable in the use of process specifications.

Typical qualifications for this level include an intermediate level of:

  • Math Skills, - Maintain the ability demonstrate skills equivalent to Blueprint I and shop math
  • 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. 

Composite Fabricator/Assembler III

  • Must be able to use precision measuring devices.
  • Must be able to interpret and work from industry specs.
  • Must be able to handle and repair work.
  • Must be proactive in looking for process improvements.
  • Works directly with engineering to develop new components and or troubleshoot problems.
  • Works directly with Manufacturing Engineering to refine manufacturing documentation and technics.

Typical qualifications for this level include an advanced level of:

  • Math Skills -  Maintain the ability demonstrate skills equivalent to Blueprint I and shop math
  • 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.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Position requires a Final Secret clearance, with an investigation within the last 5 years.

Composite Assembler I

  • Requires high school education or equivalent.
  • Hands-on experience in manufacturing production.
  • Composite background is a plus.

Composite Assembler II

  • Requires high school education or equivalent
  • Preferably minimum of 2 years hands-on experience in composite manufacturing

Composite Assembler III

  • Requires high school education or equivalent
  • Preferably minimum of 5 years hands-on experience in composite manufacturing
  • Experience with aircraft fuselage a definite plus
  • Experience with Vacuum Bagging, and various forms of Lamination repair 

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Office and/or 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.