Aircraft Systems Assembler

Aircraft Systems Assembler
Aircraft assembly line.
Assemble, fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as tails, wings, fuselage, bulkheads, stabilizers, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, or heating and ventilating systems.

About the Career

Routine production assembly operations and inspection on structural and mechanical assemblies, subassemblies and systems, equipment and accessories using manual operations is a large part of an aircraft assemblers work. They may also verify accuracy of work performed and may conduct self-inspection duties, performs function checks on installed systems and troubleshoot systems to ensure proper hookups, continuity and connections.

On the job you will:

  • Adjust, repair, rework, or replace parts and assemblies
  • Assemble prefabricated parts
  • Assemble, install, and connect parts, fittings, and assemblies on aircraft, using layout tools, hand tools, power tools, and fasteners such as bolts, screws, rivets, and clamps
  • Read and interpret blueprints, illustrations, and specifications to determine layouts, sequences of operations
  • Align and fit structural assemblies manually, or signal crane operators to position assemblies for joining
  • Cut, trim, file, bend, and smooth parts, and verify sizes and fitting tolerances in order to ensure proper fit
  • Join structural assemblies, such as wings, tails, or fuselage


Average Salary: $60,240
Salary Range: $24,850 - $82,610
Education: High School Degree or Equivalent
Outlook: Good (1% - 10% growth)
Total Jobs (2024)3,110

Education and Training

Employers looking to hire for this occupation typically require a high school degree or equivalent. Employees can expect to receive on the job training for carrying out day to day responsibilities and an apprenticeship program may be associated with this job.

Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Descriptions are based on general guidelines and industry standards and job duties may vary by employer and specific industry. Labor projections utilize data for the North Central Texas region and may vary from national statistics.

Critical Skills

Quality Control Analysis
Active Learning
Time Management
Operations Monitoring