Naval Air Systems Command/Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (North Island, CA)

Naval Air Systems Command/Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (North Island, CA)


Only U.S. citizens will be considered for positions at this lab. Dual Citizens will not be considered for this facility.

Background/History of the Laboratory

FRCSW traces its heritage to 1919, when the Navy began repairing aircraft at what is now known as Naval Air Station North Island.  Since its humble beginnings almost a century ago, the facility has been at the forefront of weapon system sustainment, providing innovative Naval Aviation maintenance solutions utilizing the latest technologies.  Today, as the Navy's premiere west coast Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility, FRCSW specializes in the maintenance, engineering and logistics support for a wide range of high-performance aircraft; servicing more that 225 airframes and 35,000 components annually.

In an effort to expand awareness and create new opportunities in the technology transfer arena, FRCSW was designated Federal Laboratory status by Office of Naval Research In November 2010.  This new designation allows FRCSW to collaborate with businesses and academic institutions in order to facilitate Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and Educational Partnerships Agreements (EPAs) to improve technology transfer both in and out of the Department of Defense.

Mission of the Laboratory

With a long standing tradition of innovative and cost effective solutions, FRCSW provides quality aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) readiness support to U.S. and select foreign military customers, and MRO partners. Blending talented and diverse civilian and military personnel, the latest technologies, streamlined processes, and continuous improvements provides a solid foundation for our "can-do" philosophy. Our creative approach to providing readiness support through our distributed maintenance capabilities enables fast response, high quality, targeted turnaround time, and cost effective MRO services saving time and money for our customers and the taxpayer.


.               Navy Primary Standards Laboratory

.               Materials Laboratory including Failure Analysis and Testing capability

.               Full Manufacturing Capabilities

.               Composites Structures Inspection and Repair including several autoclaves

.               Non Destructive Inspection equipment including Real-Time X-ray, UT

.               Automated Test Equipment Design and Repair

.               Coordinate Measuring Machines, Portable CMMs and Laser Scanning 

.               3D printing with SLA, SLS, & FDM

.               Aircraft De-paint and Paint Facilities

.               Mobile Facilities Design and Fabrication

.               Airframe and Components Maintenance and Repair (F/A-18, E-2, C-2, V-22,     H-60, H-53, UH-1/AH-1, H-46, EA-6B, EA-18G, P-3)

Technology Areas of Expertise


.               Aerospace Equipment Maintenance and Sustainment

.               Manufacturing and Processing

.               Composite Materials and Repair

.               Non Destructive Evaluation

.               Aircraft Modification and Repair

.               Airborne Software Development

.               Tooling Design

.               Accident Investigation

.               Lean, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints

.               Reliability & Maintainability (R&M)

.               Critical Item Management (CIM)

.               Failure Mode Effects and Criticality Analysis (FEMCA)

.               Vibration Analysis and Suppression

.               Advanced Composites Design

.               Aging Aircraft Affects

.               Structural and Subsystems Failure Analysis

.               Structural Modifications,

.               Troubleshoot Subsystems Operational Discrepancies and Malfunctions

.               Aircraft Accident Investigations

.               Aircraft Preservation

.               Aviation Bearings

.               Industrial and Operational Chemicals

.               Analytical Chemistry

.               Fluids Analysis

.               Aircraft Welding

.               Aircraft Tires

.               Corrosion

.               Aircraft Hydraulics

.               Fatigue

.               Stress Corrosion Cracking

.               Aircraft Electrical Power

.               Secondary Power/Auxiliary Power Units

.               Propulsion Systems

.               Shipboard Engines.   

.               Aircraft Wiring Design, Analysis, & Integration

.               Flight Instruments

.               Navigation

.               Radar

.               Sensors

.               Electronic Warfare

.               Communication

.               Computers & Mission Software

.               Automated Test Equipment,

.               Avionics Test Program Sets

.               Mobile Maintenance Facilities

.               Aircraft Launch and Recovery Systems