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Lockheed Martin Composite Parts Fabricator - Development in Sunnyvale, California

Description: IAM Hourly represented employees who currently work at the main (Sunnyvale/Palo Alto) unit, Santa Cruz, VAFB or Eastern Range facilities must apply to open requisitions on Brass Ring to be considered for the position.

This occupation requires the developmental fabrication of prototype composite parts and assemblies.


Plan sequence of operations and methods for development of prototype composite parts and assemblies. Lay out developmental parts when templates are not provided, working from engineering design information, blueprints and sketches. Work on developmental parts and assemblies requiring the exercise of a knowledge of composite shop theory and practice and ingenuity in developing and selecting the most effective fabrication methods by trial and error operations. Perform such physical operations in developing prototype composite parts and assemblies as:

1. Establishing proper method of setting up work in mold or die.

2. Establishing proper method of laying cloth and tape to build up laminates.

3. Determining dimensions and construction of pressure bags.

4. Establishing temperature time cycles, pressures and time tolerances.

5. Proof-checking project tools, after developing prototype composite parts.

Check first-run parts for overall dimensions, conformity to specifications, defects, and make recommendations for correction of molds, dies, jigs, etc., and methods and techniques used.

Work with Tooling Builders and other authorized personnel, in developing tooling and parts, and assist supervision in setting up composite parts and assemblies fabrication on a production basis. Make temporary tooling, and shop aids as required.


Materials worked on: thermo-setting composite laminates, composite sheets.

Materials worked with: resins, catalysts, parting compounds, cleaning and sealing compounds, hot molds, liquid plastic mixes, accelerator liquids, graphite epoxy cloth, abrasives, tape, cellophane.

Tools used: hand tools such as scrapers, putty knives, files, scissor, marking pencils, brushes, swabs, measures, micrometers, rules, scales, dial indicators, calipers.

Equipment used: molds, heating and curing equipment, vacuum equipment, hydraulic press, router, band and circle saws, rotary files, disc sanders, drilling equipment, air hose; pressure and temperature measuring instruments; pins, spacers, bleeder strips, hoists.

Basic Qualifications:

• To apply a knowledge of composite shop practice, theory, and procedures, including the physical properties of composites and their forming and fabricating characteristics.

• To work from blueprints, sketches or other authorized documents which are not fully detailed and missing information must be supplied by the worker from knowledge of best composite fabrication methods and best shop practice.

• To set-up and operate all machines and equipment necessary in performance of the above-described work.

• To work to exacting tolerances.

• To improvise supplementary tooling.

• To use precision-measuring instruments.

• To use shop mathematics, including elementary algebra and geometry.

Clearance Level: None

Other Important Information You Should Know

Expression of Interest: By applying to this job, you are expressing interest in this position and could be considered for other career opportunities where similar skills and requirements have been identified as a match. Should this match be identified you may be contacted for this and future openings.

Ability to Work Remotely: Onsite Full-time: The work associated with this position will be performed onsite at a designated Lockheed Martin facility.

Work Schedules: Lockheed Martin supports a variety of alternate work schedules that provide additional flexibility to our employees. Schedules range from standard 40 hours over a five day work week while others may be condensed. These condensed schedules provide employees with additional time away from the office and are in addition to our Paid Time off benefits.

Schedule for this Position: 4x10 hour day, 3 days off per week

The base range for this position in California is $24.38 - $41.82.

Benefits offered: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, 401(k) match, Flexible Spending Accounts, EAP, Education Assistance, Parental Leave, Paid time off, and Holidays. The wage range and benefits summary is a general guideline and is governed by the applicable collective bargaining agreement when extending an offer.

Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

At Lockheed Martin, we use our passion for purposeful innovation to help keep people safe and solve the world's most complex challenges. Our people are some of the greatest minds in the industry and truly make Lockheed Martin a great place to work.

With our employees as our priority, we provide diverse career opportunities designed to propel, develop, and boost agility. Our flexible schedules, competitive pay, and comprehensive benefits enable our employees to live a healthy, fulfilling life at and outside of work. We place an emphasis on empowering our employees by fostering an inclusive environment built upon integrity and corporate responsibility.

If this sounds like a culture you connect with, you’re invited to apply for this role. Or, if you are unsure whether your experience aligns with the requirements of this position, we encourage you to search on Lockheed Martin Jobs , and apply for roles that align with your qualifications.

Experience Level: Hourly/Non-Exempt

Business Unit: SPACE

Relocation Available: No

Career Area: Manufacturing

Type: Full-Time

Shift: First