Process Mechanic - Tube Bender
St. Louis, MO
Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS) in St. Louis has a need for Tube Benders to join the team. In this role, you will support multiple defense and commercial programs and collaborate across functions.

Typical duties may include:
  • Setup and run power operated NC-controlled tube benders, inspect, pressure test, clean vapor degrease, swage, square, burr, mark finish trim, cut, identify, mask, cap, preserve, and apply color identification.
  • Install several types of fittings including Wiggins, Dynatube, DME, Gamah, Ringlok, Perma Swage, Cryofit, Sierracin Harrison, and AN.
  • Perform numerous end form operations including size, veil, bead, shrink, saddle, flare, expand, and reduce.
  • Route and install tubes on aircraft and mock-ups to determine size and shape of tubes.
  • Must be able to read and work to blueprints, visual aids, work instructions, and process specifications.
  • Use a variety of hand tools, power tools, equipment, and measuring instruments, tube benders, coordinate measuring machines, band saws, manual benders, swaging machines, pressure test benches, vapor degreasers, micrometers, protractors and calipers.
As a member of a team environment, Process mechanics participate in decisions that affect the team which include: manage daily work schedules, commit to team goals, objectives and metrics (cost, quality, schedule, cycle, safety),coordinate team communication, seek appropriate performance training, and participate in team meetings. Team members are also expected to initiate process improvements and implement lean best practices.

Other Job Related Information:
Process Mechanics may also be required to perform sheet metal fabrication, spray painting, welding, chemical processing, plating, and hand/machine sewing.

Process encompasses all of the duties of the following job classifications: Welder Production, Sheet Metal Fabricator, Painter Sign, Mechanic Tube and Cable, Painter Spray, Plater Precision, Operator Chemical Processor, Operator Nameplate Processing, and Machine and Hand Sewer. Individual job duties may include: Setup and operate tungsten, arc, gas, and metal inert gas welding equipment to weld metals such as steel alloys, titanium, aluminum, magnesium using A.C. and D.C. equipment and accessories. Fabricate sheet metal parts using a variety of tools. Layout, setup and operate power roll, power shears, power brakes, metal disintegrator, punch presses, circular and band saws, shaper, routers and accessories. Perform such work as blanking, forming, bending, piercing, perforating, punching, flanging, slotting, and hot forming on various parts. Form regular and irregular shapes and contours. Hand route and drill parts and hand form parts. Tap, ream, grind, assemble, fit, setup and alignment of parts in jigs or fixtures preparatory to welding. Work on parts where established tooling or methods may not be available. Cut, drill, burr, file, trim, sand, clean, polish, identify and finish form simple parts. Layout and paint lettering, pictures and background with or without aids. Fabricate stencils, mix paints, layout and apply stripes, layout and apply insignias. Setup and operate all power assisted and power operated benders. Form and modify various types of tubes on all types of tube bending equipment. Layout and mark finish trim on tubing. Square, burr, identify, mask, cap, preserve, apply color codes, cut, bend, route and install to determine size and shape of tubing, cables and hose working to aircraft and aircraft mock-ups. Cut, bend, flare and bead tubings; cut and swage cable; cut and assemble hose fittings; test cable, hose and tubing. Layout, spray paint and apply finish coats on exterior surface of completed aircraft and major assemblies. Blend, apply stripes and bands; apply insignia and lettering with aids such as templates, stencils and silk screens. Polish completed aircraft and major assemblies. Mix and apply paint, sealers and fillers. Mask, wire or otherwise prepare and/or clean parts. Load, unload, control and operate electrolytic and chemical plating equipment and accessories. Program and perform new operations and record data for future runs. Use hand and power tools, equipment and measuring instruments such as wrenches, pliers, oven, ammeter, voltmeters, rules, scales, hydrometers and micrometers. Prepare work, clean parts, load and unload tanks, rinse, dry, buff or polish as directed. Add dry chemicals to maintain solutions directed. Setup, load and operate cranes. Control and operate electrochemical and chemical metal cleaning, treating and caustic etching processes. Calculate chemical milling rate and determine process time required to chemical mill parts. Chemically mill parts. Operate ion exchanges, pumps, ovens, degreasers and impregnators. Insert and remove parts from cleaning solutions for cleaning process. Unwrap, sort, load and transport preparatory to electrochemical and chemical cleaning and treating processes. Clean or otherwise prepare parts to be chemically milled. Chemically mill parts by inserting and removing parts from chemical milling. Prepare and apply coatings to materials for nameplates. Prepare materials for chemical etching and coating. Touch up any imperfections in coatings before or during the chemical etching process. Lay out, cut, trim and sew coverings.

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world.

Basic Qualifications (Requirements):
  • Minimum 1 year of experience using a tube bender or similar machinery
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working with detailed work instructions or reading and interpreting blueprints and drawings
  • Experience operating a CNC machine
  • Experience using a computer including internet navigation, email, Microsoft Office and/or other specialized computer applications
(1) Year minimum related experience.
High school graduate or GED preferred.

This is an hourly position governed by the IAM Collective Bargaining agreement. New Hires, as well as employees who transfer from non-union positions, may be required to attend some type of training upon their start. Once any required training has been completed all new employees will be considered on probation for a period of forty (40) working days. Continued employment is contingent upon successful completion of any required training and the probationary period.

Must be able to work any shift, overtime and holidays as required.

Security Clearance and Export Control Requirements:
This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a “US Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. “US Person” includes US Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.


This position is located in a location that does not offer relocation. Candidates must live in the immediate area or relocate at their own expense.

Drug Free Workplace

Boeing is a Drug Free Workplace where post offer applicants and employees are subject to testing for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, PCP, and alcohol when criteria is met as outlined in our policies.