United Airlines Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Technician in San Francisco, California

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Technical Operations

Technical Operations is the maintenance, repair and overhaul division of United. The department includes aircraft maintenance technicians, engineers, planners, ground equipment and facilities teams, supply chain teams and more.

Job overview and responsibilities

  • The Airframe and Powerplant Technician is responsible for service and maintenance of the aircraft systems, powerplant, airframe and components. This includes performing inspections, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, part replacement and repairs, as well as other routine maintenance such as fluid servicing and lubrication.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Perform aircraft maintenance work in accordance with FAA and Company regulation

  • Read and interpret technical and maintenance manuals, diagrams and blueprints

  • Document or record all work performed using Company provided logs, task cards, forms, tags or computer systems

  • Research and order parts and determine appropriate repair action/s.

  • Assist other technicians with a variety of tasks related to aircraft maintenance and aircraft movement

Physical Abilities

This position requires you to perform a variety of physical activities such as:

  • Accessing elevated areas of aircraft for maintenance and servicing which may require the use of ladders, jet stairways, high lift trucks, boom lifts and other lifting devices

  • Climbing, standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, sitting, working overhead, extensive walking, working in tight/confined spaces and lifting up to 50 pounds

  • Handling hazardous material in performance of assigned duties

  • Be able to use Personal Protective Equipment (e.g., respirators, safety glasses, safety shoes, etc.) This description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee within this position; additional tasks and responsibilities may be assigned as appropriate


  • High School diploma or GED/equivalent required


  • FAA A&P License required


  • Twelve (12) months' experience in trouble shooting, repair, and maintenance of aluminum and/or composite skinned, pressurized jet/turboprop aircraft preferred


  • Knowledge and ability to use power tools

  • The ability to become skilled on the use of various test and ground equipment

  • Basic computer knowledge

  • Ability to read, write and speak English fluently

Other Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age

  • Valid US driver's license (revoked, suspended or expired are not considered valid)

  • Passing of a 10-year background check

  • Passing of pre-placement physical abilities test, hearing and vision tests, and drug screen

  • Passing and maintaining recurring pulmonary function check for the use of a respirator with no medical restrictions or limitations, if necessary

  • Clearing a fingerprint-based criminal history check in order to obtain and retain credentials necessary for the position required (United will consider applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable State and Federal law)

  • Position-specific clearances required include but are not limited to FAA, TSA, Port Authority, U.S. Customs and U.S. Postal Service

  • Possess own tools and the ability to purchase additional tools if required

  • Flexible to work any shift in a 24/7 operation, including nights, weekends and holidays required

  • Legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

  • Successful completion of pre-employment skills tests and interview

  • Reliable, punctual attendance is essential function of the position

  • United will consider applicants with criminal histories consistent with the Fair Chance Ordinance

United Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other legally protected status.