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Paint Lead

Springfield, Illinois
3 Feb 2024

Job Title: Paint Lead

Location: Springfield, IL

Schedule: Days with possible overtime

StandardAero offers:

  • Competitive wages
  • Generous paid time off
  • Insurance includes medical, dental and vision benefits
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Clean, modern, air-conditioned facility
  • Safety focused culture
  • Advancement opportunities

The Lead Paint Technician is responsible for using sound judgment and technical aptitude to make decisions regarding Painting, Stripping, Exterior Striping (layout), Sanding, Priming, Masking, Detailing and discrepancy resolution. The lead Technician is technically competent on assigned aircraft, and is expected to accomplish all of his/her duties with little or no supervision. Leads project, coach and oversee the activities of other painters and provide guidance and instruction on proper procedures and techniques. Customer satisfaction hinges upon sound decisions and expedient action on the part of Lead Paint Technicians. As customers are on site at the facilities, professional appearance and communications skills are required in order to create a positive and lasting professional relationship.


  • Upon arrival of aircraft, ensures that it is properly placed in the hangar or shop, it is properly protected, the customer's property is removed and secured, and an incoming inspection of the aircraft or engine is performed. Coordinates work with other departments as required. Reviews customer Request for Service Forms with the Crew Chief to determine the scope of work to be performed and any special requirements.
  • Helps crew members improve their skills, builds trust, and promotes teamwork with the paint crews. Responsible for technical guidance of paint technicians assigned to the aircraft or engine. Is technically competent on assigned aircraft and capable of providing on-the-job training to other paint technicians when required. Ensures paint technicians are aware of standard man-hours and materials used on assigned tasks.
  • Keeps the Crew Chief informed as to the progress of the job and any unusual or delaying findings.
  • Prepares aircraft surfaces for painting by cleaning, scraping, sanding and then treating the metal with Alumiprep and Alodine.
  • Applies sealer, and masks the aircraft using tapes and paper products (to protect windows, seals, struts, cables, etc.) in preparation for the paint process.
  • Mixes, blends and thins paint products, per the manufacturers' maintenance manual specifications.
  • Applies paint to the aircraft interior and exterior surfaces. (Paints include: urethanes, acrylic urethanes, enamels, lacquers and epoxy paints).
  • Interprets specifications, color sketches, and instructions and plans sequences, and times the paint operations. This includes mixing ratios, surface preparation, papering and masking, drying time, number of coats, etc.
  • Maintains painting supplies and equipment, including spray guns, air hoses, pumps, paper and tape.
  • Responsible for applying registration numbers, external markings, placards, emergency borders, wing walks, etc. within regulations and specifications.
  • Familiarity and understanding of composite and problem areas on a variety of corporate aircraft and able to procure and follow manufacturers paint procedures. Documents all work accomplished (a.k.a. sign-off) in a clear, concise and accurate manner.
  • Responsible for knowing, understanding, following, promoting and continuously improving company policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work overtime and travel to customer locations or other StandardAero facilities as required.

Position Requirements

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • 7+ years' experience as an aircraft painter.
  • Demonstrated technical ability on paint projects.
  • Requires knowledge of all types of paints and thinners.
  • Must be qualified to prepare aircraft exteriors, interiors and panels for proper application of paint, as per set standards.
  • Ability to diagnose and resolve technical problems.
  • Able to minimize rework through proficiency in paint preparation and application.
  • Plan, organize and coordinate multiple activities to achieve quality work within established time-frames.
  • Good interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, bend, stretch, and climb ladders frequently.
  • Must have the ability to manipulate equipment of all sizes, tools, computer keyboards, and telephones.
  • Must be able to see to visually inspect.
  • Must have excellent hand-to-eye coordination.
  • Must be able to safely operate lift equipment.

About Us

StandardAero is one of the world's largest independent providers of services, including engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engine component repair, engineering services, interior completions and paint applications. The company is a global enterprise that employs nearly 6,000 employees worldwide with annual revenues approaching $3 billion. StandardAero serves a diverse array of customers in business and general aviation, airline, military, helicopter, components and energy markets. The company celebrated its 100th year of industry leadership in 2011.

StandardAero is owned by The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG), a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across four business segments: Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions.

StandardAero is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, pregnancy, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, genetic information, status as a protected veteran, and basis of disability status or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Raising the Standard of Excellence since 1911

With over a century of proven excellence, StandardAero has become an industry leader in MRO services and customized solutions in the aerospace field. Our shared values and learning-based culture inspire our team to exceed their potential and power our customers' missions worldwide. With on-the-job training, advancement opportunities, and excellent benefits, StandardAero invites you to experience a fulfilling and meaningful career with us.

Inclusivity Is Our Standard

StandardAero offers equal employment opportunities for all. Our supportive environment celebrates diversity with no room for harassment or discrimination of any kind. We invite you to bring your authentic self to our team and experience our welcoming culture.

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  • Job Reference: 1227970085-2
  • Date Posted: 3 February 2024
  • Recruiter: Standardaero
  • Location: Springfield, Illinois
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Manufacturing Operations