Aircraft Cleaner / Detailer

Aircraft Cleaning & Detailing, Los Angeles, CA (VNY)

Clay Lacy Aviation is looking for a strong, experienced Aircraft Detailer/Cleaner for our full- Aircraft Cleaning service at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY). If you meet the minimum requirements in this job description and are goal-oriented, dedicated, proactive, and enjoy a customer-centric culture, we would be delighted to get to know you better.

Position Summary

  • Job Title: Aircraft Detailer & Cleaner
  • Department: Maintenance
  • Location: Van Nuys
  • Reports to: Aircraft Detailing & Cleaning Manager
  • Shift: Dayshift, Mon-Fri, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Requires some flexibility in hours and must be available to work weekends and holidays and travel to remote job sites
  • Salary Range: $20.00/hour to $27.00/hour plus
  • Status: Full-time
  • FLSA Status: Non-exempt

The Aircraft Detailer/Cleaner is responsible for the efficient execution of the work scope and the maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alterations performed under the authority of the Clay Lacy FAA Certificated Repair Station and promotes the Clay Lacy Aviation vision, mission, and values to create a positive team environment that raises the level of safety, service, and value for our customers and employees.

All applicants must submit to a pre-employment drug screen and background check.


  • Effectively works for the Aircraft Cleaning Supervisors and Leads, to efficiently execute the aircraft Detailing/Cleaning work scope.
  • Communicates effectively with Supervisor and Co-Workers as required.
  • Promotes an environment that provides the team with opportunities to succeed.
  • Works with other aircraft cleaning Detailer/Cleaners to perform the tasks required by the work scope and performs to plan.
  • Works on the daily activities to ensure maximum efficiency and takes necessary action to ensure that all work is completed within schedule and estimated labor and material costs.
  • Ensures understanding of the assigned tasks and ensures the use of applicable technical data.
  • Assists the Supervisor in identifying additional technical training data.
  • Ensures that aircraft maintenance paperwork and forms are completed by methods of execution outlined in the Clay Lacy Repair Station Manual.
  • Can provide a comprehensive shift turn-over to ensure maximum efficiency
  • Delivers on aircraft downtime and schedule to ensure timely delivery of quality products.
  • Ensures that crews maintain good housekeeping practices, and take immediate action to maintain a clean and safe environment.
  • Works closely with Supervisor and Lead to deliver adequate safety precautions and procedures, and inspect equipment to ensure it meets company safety and OSHA standards.
  • Delivers continuous safety programs in their area of responsibility, including the operation of support equipment, aircraft systems, housekeeping, and hazardous materials.
  • Supports the Clay Lacy Vision, Mission, and Values statement through the achievement of department goals and objectives, contributes to process improvement and the development of strategies that improve customer service and the maintenance process.
  • Observes and administers company rules and regulations safety policy and standard operating procedures.
  • Aircraft Detailing/Cleaning and additional duties:
    • Full Exterior and Interior detailed cleaning/wipe-down
    • Interior deep cleaning
    • Carpet cleaning & shampoo
    • Brightwork polishing
    • Protect, prepare, and clean aircraft interior/exterior pre- and post-maintenance events.
    • Hangar organization and cleaning (Under 6S initiatives)
    • Upkeep and storing of aircraft cleaning equipment
    • Ordering and storing cleaning consumables (i.e. rags, & chemicals)
    • May include other duties as required


  • Minimum of 2 – 5+ years of Aircraft cleaning, detailing, paint restoration/polishing, and Brightwork polishing experience.


  • High School/GED

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to prioritize and organize workflow.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to multi-task.
  • Known for working well with all levels of management, staff, clients, and vendors.
  • Able to handle sensitive documents in a very confidential manner.
  • Demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Able to take initiative and execute assigned tasks in a timely and flawless manner.
  • Strong teamwork acumen with a profound ability to work under extreme pressure.
  • Strong passion for working in a fast-paced and result-oriented environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Committed to providing excellent customer service at all times.
  • Team-oriented dedication to great customer service and the ability to inspire that commitment in others.
  • Thorough knowledge of the general aviation cleaning industry, aircraft makes, and models.
  • Strong understanding of safety training and risk management
  • Pass pre-employment drug testing and background checks.
  • Must have a valid C Class Driver’s license with a clean driving record.


We are committed to supporting employees in their adoption of a healthier and more active lifestyle. We understand the contribution each employee makes to our accomplishments and so our goal is to provide a comprehensive program of competitive benefits to attract and retain the best employees available.

Through our benefits programs, we strive to support the needs of our employees and their dependents by providing a benefit package that is easy to understand, easy to access, and affordable for all our employees.

Our benefits are a valuable part of the total rewards that Clay Lacy Aviation offers you and your families. We offer you a robust benefits package and other resources that help you take care of yourself and your family.

  • Health Insurance – HMO and PPO options available
  • Dental Insurance – HMO and PPO options available
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Vacation/Time Off
  • Paid Sick Time
  • Paid Holidays (9)
  • 401K Plan
  • Floating Holidays (2)
  • Pet Insurance
  • Identity Theft Protection Services
  • Employee Discounts to retailers, restaurants, and theme parks
  • Uber for Business

Equal Opportunity Employer

Clay Lacy Aviation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.