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United Airlines Machinist 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.

Machinist Technician

San Francisco, CA

Starting Salary: $26.42 per hour

Overview & Responsibilities

As a Machinist Technician you will work in the fast-paced San Francisco Technical Operation department. The Machinist Technician plays a very important role in providing quality service to our internal customers. The Machinist Technician should have strong working knowledge and abilities to perform repairs and manufacture parts on a daily basis including the required following duties and qualifications:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of four major machine groups: Lathes, Milling Machines, Grinders, and Drills through a formal apprenticeship program or extensive experience.

  • Must be able to read and interpret blueprints and ARs/ Rus.

  • Must be familiar with precision measuring instruments and have the ability to machine parts to close tolerances.

Must be able to set up, operate, and function competently as a machinist on at least two of the following machine tool types:

  • Grinder – Precision internal and external, CNC and conventional

  • Lathes – Engine and vertical, CNC and conventional

  • Milling Machines – Horizontal boring mills and vertical milling machines , CNC and conventional

  • Hand Blending – High Strength Steel, Exotic Materials

  • Honing – Automatic and hand

  • Bushing Installation and bench work

  • All Machinists will be required to train on all machine tools and machining processes performed in the landing gear focus repair cell. Cross training and classroom training will be an ongoing process.

Machinist Technicians must be able to work around the clock shifts, including weekends and holidays, in the outdoors in all weather conditions. Schedules are bid and awarded according to seniority. Technicians may bid for schedules several times a year and schedules are awarded according to seniority.

Machinist Technicians are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). Salary increases will be administered according to the current IBT/United contract. Shift differentials of $.51 and $.58 cents per hour for working an afternoon or evening shift respectively are paid in addition to the hourly rate. New employees are required to join the union within ninety (90) days of employment. There is an initiation fee for joining the union and subsequent monthly union dues.


  • Must have a high school diploma/GED or education equivalent.

  • Team player

  • Customer focused

  • 2 years’ experience required in general machinist work and successful completion of a trade test

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

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

  • Must pass 10-year background check

  • Must be willing to take a pre-placement physical abilities test, hearing and vision tests, and drug screen

  • Candidate must be able to clear a fingerprint-based criminal history check in order to obtain and retain credentials necessary for the position

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


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

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

  • Successful completion of interview and assessment required to meet job qualification

  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

Division: 66 Technical Operations/Maintenance

Function: Tech Ops / Maintenance - Line / Individual Contributor

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled