Calspan Corporation

F16 VISTA Aircraft Mechanic - $2,500 Sign-on Bonus

Job Locations US-CA-Edwards AFB
Job ID
Aircraft Mechanic


This is your opportunity to be a part of history.  We’re looking for a F-16 Aircraft Mechanic to join our team to support the USAF Test Pilot School (USAF TPS) at Edwards Air Force Base in California.  The USAF TPS is where the Air Force’s top pilots, navigators, and engineers are trained to conduct flight tests and generate the data needed to carry out test missions of America’s current and future military aircraft and airborne systems. Calspan has had a full-time staff at Edwards Air Force base since 2000 and operates the Variable stability In-flight Simulator Test Aircraft (VISTA) NF-16 aircraft and variable stability Learjets for the Test Pilot School. 


$2,500 Sign-on Bonus

  • Perform inspections, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and project installations and modifications to aircraft assigned to support.
  • Inspect the work of other Aircraft Mechanics as required. Fill out and sign off on aircraft logs and work sheets in the proper manner.
  • Keep abreast and maintain files of aircraft manuals, service bulletins. Attend pre-flight and post flight briefings as necessary. Maintain, operate and troubleshoot complex research systems installed in the aircraft. Maintain currency in aircraft manuals, service bulletins.
  • Sign off inspections and aircraft log books as appropriate.
  • Interpret drawings, specifications, manuals and procedures for mechanics. Inspect size and soundness of fabricated parts and sub-assemblies intended for installation in aircraft.
  • Service and maintain aircraft and ground support equipment. Responsible for mechanical soundness of aircraft. From drawings and sketches, layout, fabricate and install, special modifications without compromising aircraft structural integrity or accepted aircraft standards.
  • Perform or direct servicing, towing, starting and maintenance of the assigned aircraft and ground support equipment. Remove and install controls, electrical units, hydraulic components, engines and engine components.



Preferred Education / Experience:

  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Formal aircraft maintenance training
  • 5+ years’ experience in field
  • Learjet 20/30 series or USAF C-21 experience highly desired

Preferred Knowledge / Ability:

  • Layout, fabricate and install special modifications to the aircraft.
  • Use of precision tools, measuring devices, instruments, etc.
  • Required to adhere to procedures and requirements outlined in current Calspan work instructions.



Benefits Package: Our goal is to provide Calspan employees and their families with a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. Our benefits include: Health Insurance, Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance/Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Short-Term/Long-Term Disability, 401(k) company match on first 4%, Critical Illness Insurance, Accident Insurance, Hospital Indemnity Insurance, Universal Life Insurance Policy, Paid-Time Off, Company-paid Holidays, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty, Military Leave, Employee Assistance Program and Educational Assistance Reimbursement.


Calspan is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Calspan supports safe and drug free workplace through pre-employment background checks and drug testing.


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