Finishing Apprentice
Alexandria, VA 
Posted 23 days ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description

Commonwealth Technology, Inc. (CTI) a division of MacAulay-Brown, Inc., an Alion company, is an R&D firm with in house manufacturing capabilities for prototype and low volume production. As part of its manufacturing work, CTI applies finishes including paint, powder coating, stain and clear finishes to a variety of products. This is very high-end work with extremely careful color-matching and above automotive-level quality.

The candidate for the position must have a good knowledge of finishing/painting of metal and composite materials. This is a Commonwealth of Virginia approved apprentice program.


  • Assist the Finisher in applying finishes to CTI Products.

  • Learning all aspects of the Finishing/painting apprentice program.

  • Learn the proper use of finishing equipment and finishing area including paint booth.

  • Ability to perform detailed sanding processes and other surface preparation.

  • Understand how to properly use all related respirator equipment.

  • Ability to identify color variances.

  • Learn to estimate quantities of materials required

  • Read and interpret work instructions.

  • Learn and follow all safety procedures and policies required to fulfill duties.

  • Learn Preventative Maintenance procedures on equipment.

  • Keep tools and finishing equipment clean and well maintained and work area orderly.

  • Ability to follow instructions.

  • Maintain no less than a "B" average on all academic courses required by the apprentice program.

  • Maintain accurate time keeping for the Apprenticeship log book.

  • Perform duties in accordance with company policies.

  • Take a proactive approach to continuous improvement including productivity, quality, safety and shop environment.

  • Ability to work well with others.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, written and verbal.

  • Performing other duties as required.

May require occasional work at our facility in Sterling, VA.


  • US Citizenship and Secret security clearance with most recent investigation within 5 years

  • Good basic math skills

  • Strong mechanical aptitude

  • Good hand eye coordination

  • Good color matching skills

  • Ability to do multi-step processes

  • Able to lift 50 lbs. and stand for 8 hrs.

  • Willingness to learn and ability to work under close supervision and as part of a team

  • Strong Work ethic

  • Ability to pass respirator training and fit test

  • Ability to listen and communicate with others

  • Organized

  • Attention to detail

For more than 39 years, MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB) has been solving some of the Nation's most complex National Security challenges. Defense, Intelligence Community, Special Operations Forces, Homeland Security and Federal agencies rely on our advanced engineering services, cyber security, and product solutions to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. Join MacB where you will work with a team of highly experienced professionals in the areas of Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Research Development Test and Evaluation, Information Operations, fabrication, IT solutions, Logistics and Acquisition Management. MacB has won multiple workplace awards, offers generous salaries and benefits, and has outstanding growth opportunities.

MacB is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. MacB recruits, trains, compensates and promotes without regard to race, creed, religion, color, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, political affiliation, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, source of income, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability, military status, or any other consideration made unlawful under applicable federal, state or local law.



Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
Required Security Clearance
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