To work as an airplane assembler, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some airplane assemblers learn their skills at a professional-technical school or a two-year college. Aviation maintenance programs are good preparation for this occupation. These programs teach you to repair airplanes. Manufacturing technology programs also can prepare you to work in this occupation.
Many airplane assemblers learn their skills on the job from experienced workers. You start out doing simple tasks and gradually learn more complex skills as you gain experience. It takes up to one year to learn all skills. Training includes:
- blueprint reading;
- using tools and equipment; and
- making detailed measurements.
The military trains people to be aircraft mechanics. Training lasts three to 17 weeks, depending on the specialty. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. The experience you gain as a mechanic should transfer to assembling airplanes.