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Saab Global
Installation in HQ

Structural Assembler (3rd Shift)

West Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America
Closing date: 23 May 2024

Job Description:

As Saab continues to grow its advanced manufacturing facility in West Lafayette, IN, where we building the aft fuselage for the U.S. Air Force new military trainer, the T-7A Red Hawk. When at full capacity, this operation will employ more than 250 Assemblers, engineers and support staff.

We are currently seeking entry-level Structural Assemblers (3rd shift) to join our manufacturing team. These positions are responsible for assembling the aircraft structure, training new team members and taking an active role in defining our new, state-of-the-art production system.

Structural Assembly responsibilities include:

  • Execute standardized working procedures to deliver 100% quality according to requirements to install systems and final mechanical assembly on the aircraft structure.

  • Deliver work according to quality requirements and work instructions; implement the requirements in daily ways of working in a team-based environment.

  • Support daily, incremental continuous improvement highlighting advancement opportunities in safety, quality, cost, delivery, and morale.

  • General mechanical assembly and installation as required, to support other team members.

  • Ability to complete functional testing of assemblies and systems.

  • Handling of “Class A” surfaces which includes touch-up painting.

  • Sign off when work is complete according to specification.

  • Support the training and transfer knowledge to new employees.

  • Contribute to a people-first culture in alignment to Saab values, demonstrating core Company values: Trust, Drive, Expertise and Support.

  • Other tasks as assigned

Compensation: Entry level pay rate up to $23.00 per hour

Shift Premium: $2.00 per hour

The compensation range provided is a general guideline. When extending an offer, Saab, Inc. considers factors including (but not limited to) the role and associated responsibilities, location, and market and business considerations, as well as the candidate's work experience, key skills, and education/training.

Skills and Experience:

  • 3+ years of qualified mechanical experience in aeronautics or automotive manufacturing.

  • High school degree or equivalent required.

  • Technical degree or certification in the field of aviation assembly, mechanics, or maintenance is preferred but not required.

  • Experience in delivering high levels of quality in compliance with ISO/AS9100 a plus.

  • Proficiency interpreting engineering drawings and specifications in written and digital format required.

  • Ability to execute the appropriate working methods and select the right tools to meet the right level of quality and efficiency.

  • Ability to work with standardized procedures for high repeatability in a highly advanced and connected environment.

  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills.

  • Must be able to stand for extended periods.

  • Ability to perform physical tasks such as sitting, bending, stooping, walking, climbing, reaching throughout a normal workday.

  • Ability to perform repetitive motions (such as lifting or assembly of parts) including the use of handheld power tools.

  • Ability to lift up to fifty (50) pounds on occasion.

  • Ability to work extended hour when required.

  • Internal applicants only: Dual authorizations preferred.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green card holder), or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Drug-Free Workplaces:

Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Student loan assistance

  • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 19,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in eight U.S. locations.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.