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Flying through the clouds to get to a destination across the world seems to be as simple as purchasing a ticket, but have you thought about all of the work that goes into getting planes off the ground and keeping them in the air? There are many different jobs in the metalworking industry that are necessary to construct these aircraft and keep the aerospace industry going.
Metal Mentors is helping students discover the rich opportunities available in metalworking by highlighting the jobs that are necessary to produce items we all recognize.
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Check out some of the career possibilities below, and select your favorite for the chance to win a swag bag. You can also visit the AWS website to connect with educational, scholarship and career opportunities.
Different items and careers will be featured regularly, so check back often!
Aerospace Structural Welder – These welders help fuse the different parts and components of airplanes together by following the drawings and work orders of engineers. Workers must also be able to weld on a variety of metals including aluminum, stainless steel and nickel alloy steels.AWS
Certified Welding Inspector – Inspectors for aerospace are required to have an extensive knowledge of the industry. They review 100% of the structural welds and make sure each one complies with company procedures and meets safety requirements.AWS
CNC Machinist – Running a CNC machine for the aerospace industry requires the study and interpretation of drawings, manuals and specifics to determine dimensions and tolerances of finished work pieces to make sure everything is set up correctly. This job also involves detecting equipment malfunctions and adjusting accordingly to keep production on track. FMA
Sheet Metal Fabricator – Sheet metal fabricators are responsible for the entire fabrication process of sheet metal parts for planes. This includes planning, laying out, assembling and repairing different types of metal including galvanized iron, copper, steel and aluminum.AWS
Machined Parts Finisher – After the aircraft is constructed, there is still work to be done to make sure it is ready to take flight. Machined parts finishers are responsible for reviewing the product to make sure it meets all requirements per the original drawing. They also complete any additional work, including engraving and etching. CCAI
Stamping press operators run the machines that emboss and imprint designs, numbers and logos onto material. The job can include setting up, adjusting and operating multiple presses and equipment throughout the production process. Stamping press operators would be responsible for developing body panels and other structural components of a firetruck. Learn more.
The student team must thoroughly document the project build (see Contest Rules) with images, videos, plans, blueprints and/or bill of materials. ESAB will then post the six final projects online for the general public to vote to help us select two grand prize winners: one high school, one post-secondary school.
Each grand prize winning school will receive an equipment “make over” of their welding program. The welding instructor will work with their local ESAB sales representative to choose the specific ESAB equipment that best suits their school’s needs, for a total retail value not to exceed $20,000 per school. ESAB equipment may be across the following categories:
- Welding systems
- Manual or automated air plasma systems
- Crossbow cutting systems
- Oxy Fuel cutting outfits
- Filler Metals
- Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
In addition to a Sentinel welding helmet (a value of more than $300), students on the two grand prize winning teams will each receive a $250 cash prize.