Composite Technician III

BAE Systems

Merrimack, NH

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Job Description
Because of the need for consistent, in-person collaboration and/or the requirement to perform all work onsite due to the nature of this particular role, it will be performed full-time on site. This means work will be conducted on location at a BAE Systems facility 100% of the time.

Our employees work on the world’s most advanced electronics. At Electronic Systems, you’ll be among the brightest minds, working on the aerospace and defense industry’s most difficult problems. Drawing strength from our differences, we’re innovating for the future. And you can, too. We put our customers first – exemplified by our missions: “We Protect Those Who Protect Us®” and “We Innovate For Those Who Move The World™.” Sound like a team you want to be a part of? Come build your career with BAE Systems.

Fabricates, assembles and performs composite layup by applying knowledge of working characteristics of bonding techniques by utilizing precision instruments, hand tools, power tools, machines and equipment.
  1. Works from process sheets, or verbal instructions identifying the type and sequence of operations needed to construct a variety of parts used for the production of antennae assemblies to meet contractual requirements.
  2. Prepares tooling/fixturing used for fabrication and coupon testing.
  3. Operates standard equipment to remedy in-process conditions such as excess or insufficient resin, trapped air pockets or delamination.
  4. Prepares ingredients, such as resins, catalysts, fillers, accelerators, and colors, according to process.
  5. Sets up and operates forming machines and presses, or laminates plastic cloth and resins or preimpregnated cloth onto layup mold or bonding fixture, to shape parts.
  6. Wraps bonding fixture or mold in vacuum bagging materials, attaches fittings to mold or fixture, such as vacuum connections, thermocouples, and probes, and exhausts air from vacuum bag to prepare lamination for curing or bonding.
  7. Cuts material to size, using shears, knives, cutters, scissors, router, or saw.
  8. Lays out cutting lines on materials, such as sheet stock, fiberglass or core maximum, following template pattern, blueprints, sketches, or sample part, using measuring and marking instruments.
  9. Set-up and operate curing ovens and autoclaves, to meet defined objectives as needed.
  10. Cures product either under heat lamps or in oven hooking appropriate heat and cooling lines, adjusting steam pressure and water valves as needed.
  11. Verifies work using verniers, height gauges, dial indicators, micrometers, etc.
  12. Performs structural testing utilizing mechanical test equipment to verify bond line integrity.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as required.
About BAE Systems Electronic Systems
BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it’s what we do at BAE Systems. Working here means using your passion and ingenuity where it counts – defending national security with breakthrough technology, superior products, and intelligence solutions. As you develop the latest technology and defend national security, you will continually hone your skills on a team—making a big impact on a global scale. At BAE Systems, you’ll find a rewarding career that truly makes a difference. Electronic Systems (ES) is the global innovator behind BAE Systems’ game-changing defense and commercial electronics. Exploiting every electron, we push the limits of what is possible, giving our customers the edge and our employees opportunities to change the world. Our products and capabilities can be found everywhere – from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of space. At our core are more than 14,000 highly talented Electronic Systems employees with the brightest minds in the industry, we make an impact – for our customers and the communities we serve.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
At BAE Systems, we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where employees are valued and feel like they belong. We are conscious of the need for all employees to see themselves reflected at every level of the company and know that in order to unlock the full potential of our workforce, everyone must feel confident being their best, most sincere self and be equipped to thrive. We provide impactful professional development experiences to our employees and invest in social impact partnerships to uplift communities and drive purposeful change. Here you will find significant opportunities to do meaningful work in an environment intentionally designed to be one where you will learn, grow and belong.
Required Skills and Education
Requires a High School diploma or equivalent plus two (2) years experience in industrial composite/plastics fabrication.
Preferred Skills and Education
Requires a High School diploma or equivalent plus two (2) years experience in industrial composite/plastics fabrication.
Typical Education and Experience
Typically a High School Diploma and 2 years work experience or equivalent experience