Fortner Engineering
  • Glendale, CA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, STD, LTD, 401k with Match, Vacation, Sick Leave, Holidays

Job Title:                   Hydraulic Test Technician

Department:             Manufacturing Operations

Reports To:               Operations Manager


Fortner Engineering, A Wencor Group Company, is a preferred supplier to a diverse, worldwide customer base who has come to depend on our industry-recognized engineering and technical competencies for the support of their hydraulic component repair needs. Operating in a 25,000 square foot facility in Glendale, California, Fortner Engineering's team consists of highly motivated and dedicated professionals with extensive aviation MRO experience. When doing business with Fortner Engineering you will receive our "customer comes first" commitment, the highest degree of attention to detail and an entrepreneurial enthusiasm that truly reflects our appreciation for the opportunity to be of service. Our company has long been recognized as an industry innovator with our well-established hydraulic repair capabilities for highly complex Slide and Sleeve assemblies. We are routinely called upon by our customers to address component repair demands that few, if any, other repair facilities have been able to support. Dating back to the 1980's, we were a pioneering company in the development of repairs that went beyond a Component Maintenance Manual with our SFAR-36 authorization from the FAA and have remained a front-runner of DER repair development ever since.


Fortner Engineering is an FAA Certified Repair Stations specializing in the hydraulic component maintenance requirement airlines, repair stations, OEM's and distributors worldwide. With nearly 60 years of industry experience our company has established itself as a leader in aviation. Through decades of experience, Fortner Engineering has developed a broad range of repair capabilities for all commercial aircraft types.


A key component of this position is to improve work flow, implement standard work practices and instill continuous improvement through internal / external collaboration and problem-solving methodology. Participation and cooperation with and in corporate strategic programs and other Wencor businesses also a requisite.


The lap test technician will be responsible for testing and evaluating incoming Lap Assemblies (Spool and Sleeve Assemblies), determining the extent of necessary repairs and ability to repair and complete final testing of Lap Assemblies. The technician will need to be familiar with flow grinding parts, using grinding tools for modifying laps and final testing.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Includes the following:  

  • Ability to measure flows, leakage and force and the ability to measure and plot or record final results also required. 
  • Ability to lap fit and adjust clearance, hone to specifications, measure clearances using micrometers, micro caters, calipers and any other measuring device needed.
  • The technician will need to have the ability to follow instructions, assemble some parts as well as possess good practices for working with O-rings and specialty seals. 
  • Qualified candidates will need to have good communications skills as well as a high degree of attention to detail. Good troubleshooting skills also desired.
  • Properly interface with other managers, engineering and supervisors, as well as, all employees at all times.
  • Focus on the situation, issue or behavior not the person.
  • Maintain the self-confidence and self-esteem of others.
  • Maintain constructive relationships with all employees, peers, supervisors and managers at all times.
  • Take the initiative to make things better.
  • Lead by example
  • Other duties may also be assigned.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Quantity - Meets productivity standards as required; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment.
  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.


  • 5 years of related experience or some combination of education and experience is possible depending on experience.

Language Skills:                                                       

  • Ability to read and interpret federal regulations, customer, engineering drawings, manufacturer's maintenance manuals and sketches as required. Additional documents such as safety rules and procedure manuals as required.
  • The ability to write routine procedures and correspondence when required.

Reasoning Ability:                                                    

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Computer Skills:                                                      

  • Basic computer skills required.

Mathematical Skills:                                                

  • Ability to add, subtracts, multiply, and divides in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

 Education and/or Experience:                                          

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 
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