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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