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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Chief Aircraft Mechanic

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 6232

UW Job Family: 62

SOC Code: 49-3011

Pay Grade: 25

Date: July 01, 2008

Job Purpose:

Leads the maintenance and repair operations for University research and transportation aircraft; service, repair, overhaul, inspect, test, and maintain aircraft and aircraft engines to ensure air-worthiness; assist with planning and design and modify aircraft structure or components for research projects; provide detailed records; maintain safety data sheets; purchase aircraft parts, maintain spare parts and ground support equipment inventory; provide schedules/supervises maintenance and aircraft modification services

Minimum Qualifications


Vocational School, On-the-Job Experience, or Associate's Degree


3 years work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:

  • Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic's License is required. Inspection Authorization certification is required, or successful completion of certification immediately following point of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Aircraft and aircraft engine repair and maintenance operations and procedures.
  • Applicable safety procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations.
  • Maintenance materials, manuals, service bulletins, airworthiness directives and advisory circulates.
  • Mechanics and operation of internal combustion and/or turbine aircraft engines.
  • Tasks involved in the repair and maintenance of airframes and engines.
  • Airframe and engine inspection procedures and methods.
  • Metal fabricating machines, and metals or fabrics used in aircraft maintenance and repair operations.
  • The adjustment and repair of variable pitch propellers.
  • Fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.
  • Equipment and supply purchasing processes and procedures.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Effectively operate specialized tools and equipment specific to aircraft and aircraft engine maintenance.
  • Work in confined space.
  • Use hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity.
  • Utilize time management and project supervision skills.
  • Operate aircraft measuring instruments.
  • Work with a team or independently with minimal supervision.
  • Interpret wiring and schematic diagrams and technical instruction.
  • Use micrometers, rivet guns, power and hand drills, dial indicators, lathes, grinders, pressure gauges, ohmmeters, torque wrenches, timing lights, sheet metal shears, spray guns, and other items.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Perform the most complex maintenance and repair operations.
  • Maintain aircraft maintenance logbooks.
  • Effectively explain instructions and guidelines to others.
  • Train and coordinate the work of others.
  • Purchase appropriate supplies and materials, according to guidelines.

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Performs maintenance and modification work as lead aircraft mechanic performing service, troubleshooting, repair, overhaul, inspection, testing, and general preventive maintenance to ensure air-worthiness of aircraft.

Provide timely maintenance schedules for work done internally or by outside personnel to ensure flight safety and readiness; coordinate schedules with flight operations.

Establish maintenance safety rules and procedures.

Perform design and manufacturing work to mount research equipment on research aircraft; perform sheet metal forming, heat treating installation, and FAA certification of modifications.

Maintain spare parts and ground support equipment inventory; purchase equipment and supplies, as directed.

Supplemental Functions:

Assist with budget planning; prepare cost studies.

Working Conditions:

Aircraft hangar environment; regularly exposed to dirt, dust, noise, fumes, odors, confined spaces and poor lighting; subject to fire, mechanical and chemical hazards.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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