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Developmental & Test Mechanic - 90108

Seattle, Washington Job ID 00000388167 Category All Hourly Unions Post Date Aug. 08, 2023
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Job Description

At Boeing, we innovate and collaborate to make the world a better place. From the seabed to outer space, you can contribute to work that matters with a company where diversity, equity and inclusion are shared values. We’re committed to fostering an environment for every teammate that’s welcoming, respectful and inclusive, with great opportunity for professional growth. Find your future with us.

Boeing Test & Evaluation has an exciting opportunity for a Developmental & Test Mechanic to join our team in Seattle, WA.

Mechanics in this position work with and assist engineering, experimental, and test groups to develop parts, production methods, and procedures. These mechanics will assist in layout, develop, fabricate, and assemble complex compound and variable angled structural and mechanical parts for spares, experimental, and test projects.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Employees will fabricate, install, maintain and repair hydraulic systems, hardware and equipment.
  • Employees will fabricate and assemble instrumentation probes for engineering projects and testing.
  • Employees may travel to out plant locations to perform testing.
  • Employees will have exposure to moving parts and machinery, tight places, heights, high voltage electricity, high-pressure air, steam, hydraulics, and explosive ordinance.
  • Employees will receive personal safety gear for face/eye, respiration, ears and feet.
  • May require working in confined spaces, wet fuel cells or on live aircraft, inclement weather, adverse conditions at remote locations with minimum of support.
  • Review any sketches, drawings and specifications to aid in accomplishing the job.
  • Provide support to engineers and work with technicians in sequencing of work operations, troubleshooting and problem resolution.
  • Develop methods for pneumatic, hydraulic and mechanical tests, when procedures have not been established.
  • Select and use proper hand and power tools (e.g., screwdrivers, pliers, cutters, rivet guns, drills) needed to perform a given operation. Use precision measurement tools (e.g., micrometer, calipers) to measure dimensions per drawing, sketches, and engineer requirements.
  • Layout, drill and ream close tolerance holes, as required.
  • Construct hydraulic, low/high pressure and steam plumbing to operate test equipment.
  • Flare, cut, and silver solder tubing.
  • Operate pendant cranes and mechanical lifts to facilitate movement, installation, removal and maintenance of test equipment, modules, parts and assemblies.
  • Perform required rigging, as required.
  • Construct, assemble or disassemble any necessary test structures, parts and shop aids required to perform a test function utilizing various shop equipment, (e.g., drill press, shear, break form, band saw).
  • Hook up auxiliary support equipment (e.g., hoses, lines, thermocouples, pumps).
  • Employees will weld thermocouples and install and test for proper operation, as required.
  • Use sealant in fuel cells and other assemblies to be tested. Assemble, disassemble, rebuild, and test hydraulic pumps, actuators, and accumulators, valves, and hose assemblies.
  • Lockout, tagout and tryout systems for safety before performing tests, as required.
  • Perform service and maintenance on test structures, equipment and components (e.g., hydraulic systems, pumps and other support equipment).
  • Operate and maintain high and low pressure/volume compressors and methyl chlorine chillers.
  • Control and monitor systems using computer programs and periodic onsite observations. Prepare wind tunnel and nozzle test cells by performing balance pull tests, installing parts/models and associated apparatus in order to assist engineering in obtaining test data.
  • Perform flammability test on airplane parts (e.g., seats, wastebaskets, ducting, and firewalls) per FAA and engineering standards.
  • Bag, label and route hazardous material for disposal.
  • Fill and drain aircraft fuel tanks to measure trapped residual fuel using instrumentation (e.g., flow meters) and mathematical calculations.
  • Operate pump equipment, explosive vapor tester and enter the wet fuel cell tanks, as required, to execute tests.

This position is expected to be 100% onsite. The selected candidate will be required to work onsite at one of the listed location options.

The position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a “US Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. “US Person” includes US Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills/Experience):

  • 1+ Years of experience reading and working from blueprints, sketches and plans.
  • 1+ Years of experience using hand tools and/or hand-held power tools.
  • 1+ Years of experience testing and diagnosing hydraulic, pneumatic, electromechanical components, and test equipment.
  • 1+Years of experience using precision measuring tools and equipment such as micrometers, calipers and dial indicators, etc

Preferred Qualifications (Desired Skills/Experience):

  • Must have flexibility to support another location if asked.

Typical Education:

High school graduate or GED preferred.


This position is located in a location that does not offer relocation.  Candidates must live in the immediate area or relocate at their own expense.


This position is for 1st shift.

Drug Free Workplace:

Boeing is a Drug Free Workplace where post offer applicants and employees are subject to testing for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, PCP, and alcohol when criteria is met as outlined in our policies.

Other Relevant Information & Requirements:

This is an hourly position governed by the IAM Collective Bargaining agreement.

  • Current Boeing employees working in Puget Sound and Portland must submit an Employee Request Transfer (ERT) to be considered in the eligible candidate pool.

At Boeing, we strive to deliver a Total Rewards package that will attract, engage and retain the top talent.  Elements of the Total Rewards package include competitive base pay and variable compensation opportunities. 

The Boeing Company also provides eligible employees with an opportunity to enroll in a variety of benefit programs, generally including health insurance, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, retirement savings plans, life and disability insurance programs, and a number of programs that provide for both paid and unpaid time away from work. 

The specific programs and options available to any given employee may vary depending on eligibility factors such as geographic location, date of hire, and the applicability of collective bargaining agreements.

Please note that the salary information shown below is a general guideline only.  Salaries are based upon candidate experience and qualifications, as well as market and business considerations.  

Summary pay range: $23.00 - $46.58 an hour 

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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