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Research & Development (R&D) Tooling and Finishing Paint Technician

Company: Cirrus Aircraft
Location: Duluth
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

Cirrus Aircraft's Mission is to deliver an aviation experience that is the pinnacle of innovation, quality, and safety to our customers. Cirrus Aircraft is the recognized global leader in personal aviation and the maker of the best-selling SR Series piston aircraft and the Vision Jet, the world's first single engine Personal Jet and recipient of the 2017 Robert J. Collier Trophy. Founded in 1984, the company has redefined performance, comfort and safety in aviation with innovations like the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) - the first FAA-certified whole-airframe parachute safety system included as standard equipment on an aircraft. To date, worldwide flight time on Cirrus aircraft has passed nine million hours and over 170 people have returned home safely to their families as a result of the inclusion of CAPS as a standard feature on all Cirrus aircraft. Find out more at cirrusaircraft.com.

Cirrus offers a competitive benefits package and is dedicated to the advancement of general aviation. The Cirrus Flying Club offers employees and their family members the unique opportunity to obtain their private pilot's license in the comfort of a Cirrus or rent a Cirrus for an impromptu adventure at a greatly reduced rate. We are committed to investing in the future of our employees and company by offering professional development and career progression opportunities and we engage employees by offering several employee and family events throughout the year, as well as the opportunity to take part in activity clubs and community events.

Job Summary:

The person whom fills this position will become an integral team member of Research & Development Engineering who is tasked with the development of airplane models and new technologies intended for evaluation on next generation of Cirrus aircraft. The primary role of a Finishing Technician is the generation of the tooling package needed to create the airplane composite components along with all aspects relating to the interior and exterior of Cirrus airplanes. These efforts would include generating low volume composite molds, painting of components and new model airplanes, and fabrication and installation of interior components. The candidate must be well versed in the use of tools such as primer/paint guns, sanders, grinders, buffers, and numerous simple hand tools. Candidates filling this role must excel in a highly diverse team environment as well as be proficient enough to work independently and able to trouble shoot when problems arise. Applicants must have a high attention to detail and a strong desire to continually learn new fabrication and assembly methods.

Essential Duties:

  • Familiarity with the processes tied to generating low volume tooling including hand layup, pattern sanding, application of gel-coat, and spraying primer and paint.
  • A solid understanding of how multi-component products like resin, gel-coat, primer, and paint are portioned and properly mixed.
  • Excellent attention to detail enabling the fabrication of complex interior components and the patience to work thru the initial installation.
  • Strong creative mind that excels at solving problems and can successfully collaborate with a wide audience during the development of new technologies and designs.
  • Uses specifications, drawings, and verbal instructions to layout a fabrication plan and determine sequence of operations prior to building the end product.
  • Ability to safely and efficiently use a wide variety of body working tools including sanders, buffers, paint guns, and traditional hand tools.
  • Ability to change a job task at a moment's notice and a strong drive for continuous improvement and learning new skills.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook programs.

Education and/or Experience:

High school diploma or GED required. No certifications are required for this position however a minimum of three years of industry experience in a relevant field is required. Other industry certificates including Auto Body Technology, Upholstery, or Welding (GMAW) are considered a plus.

This opportunity is located in Duluth, Minnesota. As the home to our corporate headquarters, Duluth is a four-season city on the western tip of Lake Superior and was voted "Best Town" by Outside Magazine. The splendor of the largest freshwater lake in the world offers a multitude of outdoor activities for adventure or rejuvenation. The North Shore lifestyle is known its year-round activities, including bicycle and snowmobile trails, kayaking, rock climbing, fishing, hiking, golfing, sailing and skiing. And as a top employer in the area, Cirrus Aircraft was recently named "Best Overall Large Company to Work for in the Northland" and "Best Workplace Culture" by the Duluth News Tribune readers.

Cirrus is dedicated to a drug free work environment promoting equal employment opportunity. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, national origin, color, age, disability, religion, pregnancy, veteran status, marital and family status, sexual orientation, receipt of public assistance, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Keywords: Cirrus Aircraft, Duluth , Research & Development (R&D) Tooling and Finishing Paint Technician, Other , Duluth, Minnesota

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