Model Maker B

Website Boeing

Job Highlights

Title Model Maker B
Type Full Time (1st shift)
Experience 1 Year
Function Management/Manufacturing
Location Tukwila, WA, United States
Company Boeing

Company Profile

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services.

Job Profile

The company is seeking a Model Maker B to join its team.

Union – This is an hourly position governed by the International Association of Machinists (IAM-751) Collective Bargaining agreement.

Education Level

  • Not mentioned, yet a High School Diploma will be a plus

Work Experience

  • 1+ years of experience with conventional lathe, milling, precision measuring, power, pneumatic and hand tools
  • 1+ years of experience with drilling, tapping, fitting, forming, sanding, and polishing
  • 1+ years of experience with reading and working from blueprints, sketches, and plans
  • 1+ years of experience with spray painting (on the job or in an educational environment)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with brazing, soldering, or welding
  • Experience with CNC milling
  • Experience with precision hand-finishing


  • Apply finish to model by painting per drawing specifications
  • Assist in the installation and removal of models in various types and sizes of wind tunnels (e.g., Transonic, Supersonic, Icing, and Low Speed) for testing purposes
  • Assist in various types of wind tunnel tests (e.g., Aerodynamic, Flutter, and Force)
  • Build models to scale, such as aircraft, missiles, and engines from various materials (e.g., aluminum, steel, wood, and fiberglass)
  • Drill and tap holes in parts to attach bolts and drill and ream holes for dowels
  • Fabricate and assemble parts/models using hand tools as well as mills and lathes
  • Fabricate or repair epoxy resin model or part from mold by applying parting agent, correctly mixing resin and catalyst, making pour
  • Fabricate or repair laminated fiberglass, or balsa wood models by cutting material to size, correctly mixing resin and catalyst, building up in layers to obtain specified thickness and weight, applying gel-coat, fabricating and attaching stiffeners
  • Fabricate parts (e.g., landing gear doors, spoilers, instrumentation panels) from sheet metal using, shear, saw, and break form
  • Fabricate, assemble, and install pressure and temperature test tubes (e.g., rake assembly) in models, braze and or epoxy
  • Handle and dispose of hazardous materials (e.g., lubricants, paints, epoxies, adhesives, and solvents) in an approved manner (per Material Safety Data Sheets) using personal protective equipment
  • Heat-treat material to proper temperature per BAC specification using a heat-treat oven
  • Identify and select necessary equipment from the shop storage area or tool room such as bombsights, micrometers, height gages, dial indicators, depth gages, tooling angle blocks, and cubes
  • Install test instruments (e.g., balance) into the model
  • Make adjustments to the model during wind tunnel and vacuum chamber testing, work with customers, instrumentation technicians, and engineering lab
  • Make parts removable and interchangeable from the model
  • Obtain appropriate drawings, specification documents, or sketches, using computing systems (e.g., Bold/Web) to retrieve information if drawings, sketches, or documents are not with W/O
  • Obtain assignment/work from lead, supervisor, tie-in book, or from ready-to-work order (W/O) file. Work priority is determined by the scheduled date on the order, or lead/supervisor
  • Operate various types of woodworking tools (e.g., Table Saws, Band Saws, Planer, Router)
  • Plan and sequence work and perform layout where true views exist
  • Read W/O and blueprints to determine what has to be done and what types of material will be required to fabricate the model (e.g., aluminum, steel, balsa wood, fiberglass)
  • Set up, operate, and adjust numerous types of machine tools (e.g., C.N.C. and conventional lathes and milling machines) to machine parts from various types of material
  • Shape with files and sanding paper to ensure exact contour, smoothness, fairness, weight, and scale within tolerance
  • Torque to engineering specifications
  • Use shop math, geometry, or basic trigonometry to calculate dimensions to fabricate parts
  • Verify current tool certification dates
  • Work can be performed at remote sites, both foreign and domestic, or at the factory and in the field


  • Requires fine finger manipulation, flexion/extension, handling, lifting up to 30 lbs., rotation of head/neck, sitting, standing, walking, contact with metals, plastics, and solvents, exposure to noise and atmospheric conditions, and the use of personal safety gear for face/eye, ears, and feet.


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  • Community
  • Compensation
  • Financial Security
  • Health
  • Life

Employer’s Statement

Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The 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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