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Fabricator/Sheet Metal Technician
CACI International, Inc. Bethesda, MD

Fabricator/Sheet Metal Technician

CACI International, Inc.
Bethesda, MD
  • Medical , Paid Time Off , Retirement
  • Full-Time

Fabricator/Sheet Metal Technician

Job Category: Service Contract Act

Time Type: Full time

Minimum Clearance Required to Start: Secret

Employee Type: Regular

Percentage of Travel Required: Up to 10%

Type of Travel: Local

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What You'll Get to Do

CACI is looking for a Fabricator/Sheet Metal Technician to join the Model and Fabrication team at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Carderock. This position is located in Bethesda, MD and is 100% on-site.

Projects in this role require the fabrication of complex and unique parts and the development and application of unique fabrication solutions to the creation of scale physical models. These models are then used to evaluate vessel structural, hydrodynamic or signature properties.

The technician will apply a comprehensive, intensive, and practical knowledge of a wide range of skills to develop and execute innovative methods to produce high tolerance finished components and models. This requires the technician to independently plan and carry out assignments in accordance with the Model Fabrication Facility policies and standard practices.

Working Conditions:

The technician will frequently work inside and outside of buildings. S/he will work in cold weather. S/he may be working in the hot sun. S/he will work in environments where ventilation or respirators may be necessary. S/he must be safety minded about themselves and others. S/he will check tools and equipment, and see their capacities are not exceeded; and that tools are kept in a safe working condition.

More About the Role

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assisting welders with layout of welded assemblies
  • Grinding (weld prep, backgrinding)
  • Recording and logging weld parameters
  • Operating Plate Roller (HY100, HY80, SS, and Al)
  • Operating conventional and CNC press break
  • Operating Box Break
  • Operating shears
  • Taking measurements utilizing mechanical and ultrasonic equipment (plate thicknesses, out of fairness, etc.)

Technical Duties:
  • Develop run code for CNC based punching machine operations, apply qualitative and quantitative techniques to determine the most efficient methods to meet the end results called for in the fabrication drawings and specifications.
  • Using knowledge of model manufacturing, material characteristics, industrial processes, metal forming, inspection methods and equipment, determine materials and methods to establish and apply cost effective setups to fabrication projects.
  • Determine proper bend radii for a variety of ferrous and non-ferrous materials, including aluminum alloys, mild steels, high yield steels, stainless steels, copper, and bronze alloys. Analyze and determine whether pre or post heat treatment, artificial aging or annealing of materials should be performed to allow the material to be formed using the tools and equipment available.
  • Use analytic techniques and technical knowledge to diagnose and determine root cause of fit and finish deviations and other fabrication issues. Develop methods and processes, with the support of technical specialist and program engineers, to ensure that the issues are resolved in production processes and similar issues are reduced or eliminated in future tasks.
  • Design, build and research specialized tooling and fixtures to be used to support the production of complex components. The technician will be required to produce high quality models with tight tolerances.
  • Provide schedule input to include projections of time required to develop jigs and fixturing, produce the first order samples or mockups, fabricate components, and assemble models, and to conduct required quality control checks and verifications.
  • Independently plan, layout, setup, form, fasten, and construct the objects and systems from oral instructions, sketches, incomplete drawings, complex drawings or written instructions, where there are no past precedents available.
  • Conduct tests, collect data, interpret data and document data as required by model specification sheets. Typical data to be collected include weld parameters, sheet metal thicknesses, geometric measurements, weld pre, post and interpass heat requirements, and other data as determined by the project.
  • Collect data using laser tracking equipment, ultrasonic devices, and precision measuring instruments such as calipers, verniers, electronic protractors, squares, height gauges, depth gauges, indicators, and micrometers.

You'll Bring These Qualifications


  • 3-5 years of experience in parts fabrication/sheet metal work.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Ability to interface with project managers, engineers, shop supervisors, technical specialists, craftsmen, and other outside contractors.
  • Strong math skills
  • Oral communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, Outlook, Excel, and Word.
  • Working knowledge of commercial CAD/CAM software.
  • Ability to setup, operate and troubleshoot all standard conventional sheet metal equipment.
  • Ability to operate, program and edit CNC 2/3 axis controllers and run code.
  • Skilled in the interpretation of complex engineered drawings, sketches and verbal communications.


  • Thorough understanding of geometric dimensioning and tolerance practices.
  • Thorough understanding of all conventional and CNC sheet metal processes. Processes to include bending, forming, rolling, shearing, and punching.
  • Thorough understanding of workflow requirements, equipment capabilities, skill levels required, and amount of time needed to accomplish work.
  • Knowledge of all industrial capabilities and processes, and any emerging state-of-the-art equipment, methods or services available.
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and compose data
  • Knowledge of metallic and non metallic materials (research composite materials, plastics, rubber, resins, polycarbonates, nickel alloys, bronze alloys, steel alloys, aluminum alloys, high yield steels and new research metals), and their metallurgical/physical characteristics.
  • Ability to read and work from highly detailed drawings and specifications as well as developing components from concept sketches with minimal details.
  • Knowledge and ability to determine requirements, develop specification for and conduct heat treatments of various aluminum, steel and stainless steel alloys to meet project requirements.
  • Possess a working knowledge of machining and welding processes. The knowledge allows the contractor to lead, direct, and/or interface with personnel supporting the machining and welding support functions during model development.
  • Knowledge of Shop, Facility and Division Safety Policies and requirements

  • Office, industrial and construction settings; the work requires the employee to spend most of the day standing, kneeling, or sitting in awkward positions. S/he will lift weights from 40 to 80 lbs. S/he will work from ladders and scaffolds, also trenches, and hard to reach places by bending, stretching, and stooping.

These Qualifications Would Be Nice to Have

Experience with any of the following:
  • Operating and maintaining waterjets
  • Experience breaking edges on finished waterjet parts
  • Developing run code for CNC based waterjets.
  • Maintain and repair waterjet equipment. Create quotes for waterjet parts required for repairs and maintenance.

What We Can Offer You:

- We've been named a Best Place to Work by the Washington Post.

- Our employees value the flexibility at CACI that allows them to balance quality work and their personal lives.

- We offer competitive benefits and learning and development opportunities.

- We are mission-oriented and ever vigilant in aligning our solutions with the nation's highest priorities.

- For over 60 years, the principles of CACI's unique, character-based culture have been the driving force behind our success.

Company Overview:

CACI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other protected characteristic.

This posting is for a position covered by the Service Contract Labor Standards (SCA). The pay and benefits provided for this position will meet or exceed the minimum required amounts detailed in the wage determination issued by the Department of Labor and made applicable to this position, as incorporated into CACI's government contract for the work location.

Minimum Required Hourly Wage:

There are a host of other factors that can influence final salary including, but not limited to, geographical location, relevant prior work experience, specific skills and competencies, education, and certifications. Our employees value the flexibility at CACI that allows them to balance quality work and their personal lives. We offer competitive compensation, benefits and learning and development opportunities. Our broad and competitive mix of benefits options is designed to support and protect employees and their families. At CACI, you will receive comprehensive benefits such as; healthcare, wellness, financial, retirement, family support, continuing education, and time off benefits. Learn more here.


CACI International, Inc.

Bethesda, MD



Posted date

April 12, 2024

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