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Flight Mechanic - U2 Skunk Works

Palmdale, California

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Flight Mechanic - U2 Skunk Works

Palmdale, California

Job ID: 599878BR Date posted: Jun. 16, 2022 Locations: Palmdale, CaliforniaProgram: ADP COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, and as a federal contractor, Lockheed Martin is taking action to address the increased risk and uncertainty COVID-19 variants pose in the workplace and ensuring we meet our commitments to national security.

To uphold safety for all employees, we will continue to request vaccination status for all Lockheed Martin employees including new hires. All current and newly hired employees are required to follow onsite safety measures based upon the COVID-19 Community Level at the specific work location.
Description:WHO WE ARE
Write your name in history as a Lockheed Martin Skunk by helping us in sustain legendary aircraft like the U-2 Dragon Lady.
At Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®, we apply our passion for purposeful innovation to keep people safe and solve the world's most complex challenges. Our culture of performance excellence, ethics, teamwork, and inclusion is embedded in everything we do including in our U-2 program.
The team working on our U-2 sustainment group is one of a kind. Designed by Kelly Johnson, The U-2 “Dragon Lady” has been in service since 1956 and is like no other platform in the world. It’s operational flexibility, excellent aerodynamic design, and adaptable airframe have kept this plane in service for 65 years.

As a U-2 Flight Mechanic, you can count on joining a team where you matter and contribute solutions to help our customers keep people safe. With exciting growth expected, we welcome the opportunity to play a part in your professional success story.
Learn more about our perks & benefits here at Lockheed Martin:

While working on U-2, you will impact sustainment and periodic depot maintenance operations of the aircraft. The U-2 can cruise for many hours above 70,000 feet and is serviced, torn down and rebuilt for test and send back out to our customer. As a U-2 Flight Mechanic, you can be part of the team that keeps us flying high. Beyond that, you may also find yourself:
•Preparing aircraft for flight test by performing preflight, through flight, and post flight operational check outs.
•Working hands-on troubleshooting faults after test, performing cable rigging, servicing landing gear and flight controls.

*This position requires a government security clearance and only candidates with US Citizenship may be considered.*
Basic Qualifications:
Must have a minimum of four years of experience in aircraft assembly and checkout, or as a Flight Line Mechanic, or be a graduate Flight Line Mechanic Apprentice, or possess a valid A & P License with two years of practical experience.

Must possess license or certificates as required.

Experience with reading Blueprints or completed Blueprint Training.

Knowledge of hydraulic, plumbing, surface control and rigging systems.

Desired Skills:
Must be able to demonstrate a knowledge of or have successfully completed training in the following job skills: Systems troubleshooting and checkout; principles of operation of fuel systems, flight control systems and hydraulic system; principles of operation of propulsion systems; Basic Computer Operations; familiarization in operation of ground support equipment; Repair Technology: Skin, scratch, structural, plastic and composite repair, and principles of operation of environmental and life support systems. Security Clearance Statement: This position requires a government security clearance, you must be a US Citizen for consideration.Clearance Level: Secret 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: 9x80 every other Friday off 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. Join us at Lockheed Martin, where your mission is ours. Our customers tackle the hardest missions. Those that demand extraordinary amounts of courage, resilience and precision. They’re dangerous. Critical. Sometimes they even provide an opportunity to change the world and save lives. Those are the missions we care about.

As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martin’s vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers’ toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.
Experience Level: Hourly/Non-ExemptBusiness Unit: AERONAUTICS COMPANYRelocation Available: YesCareer Area: Manufacturing Type: Full-Time Shift: Second
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