Aviation Inspectors

Government & Public Administration > Governance

Projected Growth: Average

3300+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Inspect aircraft, maintenance procedures, air navigational aids, air traffic controls, and communications equipment to ensure conformance with Federal safety regulations.

Common job titles of Aviation Inspectors include:
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Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 61.38% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 19.49% said they needed a High School Diploma.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Essential Tasks

    Inspect new, repaired, or modified aircraft to identify damage or defects and to assess airworthiness and conformance to standards, using checklists, hand tools, and test instruments.

    Examine aircraft access plates and doors for security.

    Prepare and maintain detailed repair, inspection, investigation, and certification records and reports.

    Examine landing gear, tires, and exteriors of fuselage, wings, and engines for evidence of damage or corrosion and the need for repairs.

    Inspect work of aircraft mechanics performing maintenance, modification, or repair and overhaul of aircraft and aircraft mechanical systems to ensure adherence to standards and procedures.

    Examine maintenance records and flight logs to determine if service and maintenance checks and overhauls were performed at prescribed intervals.

    Recommend replacement, repair, or modification of aircraft equipment.

    Start aircraft and observe gauges, meters, and other instruments to detect evidence of malfunctions.


Regular Tasks

    Observe flight activities of pilots to assess flying skills and to ensure conformance to flight and safety regulations.

    Conduct flight test programs to test equipment, instruments, and systems under a variety of conditions, using both manual and automatic controls.


Occasional Tasks

    Approve or deny issuance of certificates of airworthiness.

    Recommend changes in rules, policies, standards, and regulations, based on knowledge of operating conditions, aircraft improvements, and other factors.

    Schedule and coordinate in-flight testing programs with ground crews and air traffic control to ensure availability of ground tracking, equipment monitoring, and related services.

    Analyze training programs and conduct oral and written examinations to ensure the competency of persons operating, installing, and repairing aircraft equipment.

    Investigate air accidents and complaints to determine causes.

What Tools and Technologies do Aviation Inspectors use?

Tools

X ray inspection equipment

Wearable computers

Vernier calipers

Ultrasonic inspection devices

Torque wrenches

Thread gauges

Thermographic equipment

All Tools

Tachometers

Shearographic equipment

Scaffolding

Protractors

Pressure gauges

Precision rulers

Personal computers

Output meters

Oscilloscopes

Ohmmeters

Non-destructive inspection NDI robots

Micrometers

Maintenance tracking software

Magnetic particle inspection equipment

Laptop computers

Ladders

Inspection mirrors

Handheld computers

Hand held magnifiers

Fluorescent penetrant testers

Eddy current pencil probes

Eddy current inspection equipment

Dial gauges

Desktop computers

Coordinate measuring machines CMM

Borescopes

Angled feeler gauges

Aircraft Technical Publishers ATP Maintenance Planner

Technologies

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

CAD/CAM software

Microsoft Active Server Pages ASP

Aircraft regulation databases

Robotic workstation software

SAS software

What Skills Do Aviation Inspectors Need to Have?

Skills

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Abilities

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Everything Aviation Inspectors Should Know…

Knowledge

Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Transportation

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Clerical

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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