Autoclave Technician Lead (Van Nuys)

Applied Composites in Van Nuys, CA

  • Industry: Manufacturing - Tool And Die
  • Type: Full Time
  • $84,813.33 - 176,910.00
position filled
Applied Composites (AC) is seeking an Autoclave Technician Lead to support production through tool preparation, processing molds through cure cycles, de-tooling and completion of necessary paperwork and routine maintenance. Determines proper cure, procedures, monitors industrial Aerospace autoclaves and ovens, and related equipment. Mentors and leads staff.

About AC: Come and join the Applied Composites team. We are a leading provider of complex composite components, assemblies, engineering and tooling to the aerospace, defense and space system markets. Our employees are treated with respect and given the support, knowledge, and resources they need to thrive. If you are looking for a company that values and develops its employees while offering engaging work, Applied Composites may be the place for you.

Job Accountabilities:
  • Load tools and parts into and out of industrial Aerospace autoclaves and ovens
  • Maintain autoclave and oven tools (i.e.: hoses and thermocouples)
  • Determine proper cure procedures for parts and tools as required
  • Maintain bag leak checks during cure cycle
  • Read work instructions, production schedules, and cure charts
  • Apply appropriate chemicals and releases as required
  • Remove parts from tools or mandrels and prep for lay up
  • Detect errors and possible areas of improvement with the use of lean manufacturing principles
  • Perform work accurately and efficiently in fast past work environment with minimal scrap or errors
  • Use standard aerospace shop practices
  • Operate forklift to move/load parts and tools
  • Operate autoclave computer to set cure times and start/stop ovens
  • Conducts safety training and maintains safety standards for loading, unloading, and operation of autoclaves and auxiliary equipment with other operators and workers to ensure safety
  • Ensure technicians have next work assignment before completion of current job
  • Perform direct supervision of composite staff, assigning tasks and conveying expectations
  • Help maintain high moral and positive work environment
Job Requirements:
  • 3+ Yrs. experience in a composites/manufacturing environment and/or specialized education with achieved certification
  • A secondary certification/high school diploma or equivalent combination of relevant work experience that will allow successful performance of job expectations.
  • Vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field
  • Previous experience working in a fast-paced production environment with high quality requirements; example military, aerospace or medical equipment highly preferred
  • Ability to read and interpret company documents, such as safety rules, operating/manufacturing instructions, policies and procedures
  • Proven track record of supporting stringent deadlines and handling multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Good manual dexterity required to work with small parts
  • Skilled problem-solver: Exercises judgment, based on previous experience, practices and precedents, to identify and solve problems that arise with little or no precedent
  • Effective oral and written communication
Relatable Job Experience:
  • Wood Working
  • Car Restoration
  • Auto Body Repair
  • Military
  • Medical Equipment Manufacturing
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to effectively communicate with co-workers and others as necessary
  • Ability to read and follow detailed instructions
  • Understanding of ply orientations and vacuum bagging processes
  • Ability to work alone with minimum supervision and with others in a team environment
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Crouching, kneeling, bending, and reaching
  • Close vision, color, peripheral, depth perception and the ability to focus
  • Finger dexterity
  • Hearing sounds and communication
  • Handling, grasping, and operating tools and equipment
  • Ability to lift up to 25-50 pounds

Associated topics: compress, driller, field, field and refinery operations, floorhand, pipe, rep, representative, rig, toolpusher

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