The Technical Inspector, Aircraft is responsible for ensuring that assigned aircraft are maintained within required specifications and are airworthy before operation. Inspects repairs and modification of aircraft structures, structural components and engines of complex to extreme difficulty.
(Typical duties include the following, although specific duties vary by assignment or contract.)
•Plans, conducts, and supervises aircraft technical inspections.
•Develops and implements quality control and ground safety programs to ensure compliance with contract specifications.
•Evaluates personnel, including verification of skills, training and experience.
•Performs audits and inspections of work centers and ongoing maintenance actions, procedures, equipment and facilities.
•Examines parts and components for conformance to design specification to determine serviceability; serviceable, unserviceable-reparable, unserviceable-nonreparable, affixing completed appropriate form/tag for disposition; return to stock, route to appropriate shop for repair and/or turn-in.Form/tag will contain comment relative to evaluation and be stamped by the Inspector.
•Monitors timeliness and applicability of maintenance technical data and technical library.
•Reviews maintenance source documents, inspection records, notes recurring discrepancies or trends and initiates appropriate action.
•Manages the material deficiency and technical order improvement program.
•Reviews engineering investigation requests.
•Initiates and reviews quality deficiency reports, technical deficiency reports and hazardous material reports, ensuring that they are accurate, clear, concise and comprehensive.
•Conducts safety inspections, training, and drills. Inspects and verifies proper completion and documentation of safety and flight discrepancies.
•Briefs and debriefs pilots and crew members assigned to functional check flights.
•Receives aircraft and explosive mishap reports and studies them for applicability.
•Oversees aircraft weight and balance program.
•Participates in maintenance test flights and operation checks as required.
•Ensures compliance with aircraft configuration control, Army oil analysis Program and test measuring diagnostic equipment calibration.
•Provides lower level technicians guidance in aircraft repair and technical inspection techniques and procedures according to directives, technical manuals, work standards and operational policies throughout all aircraft modifications and/or maintenance efforts.
•Prepares evaluations, special reports, and records pertaining to aircraft maintenance repair and related activities.
•Make entries in aircraft logs and records.
•Perform other qualified duties as requested.
Knowledge & Skills
•Knowledge of electrical, mechanical, electronic, hydraulic and pneumatic systems or other technology as applicable to fabrication, repair, operation and maintenance requirements.
•Efficient in record keeping and preparation of reports; capable of reviewing other people's work and determining accuracy and conformity to standards.
•Proficient in the use of the Unit Level Logistics System-Aviation Enhanced (ULLS-AE), the current maintenance management system utilized to maintain Army aircraft forms and records.
•Thorough comprehensive knowledge of aircraft mechanical component troubleshooting/repair procedures and replacement of components.
•Thorough knowledge of aircraft sheet metal/structural modification and repair and the ability to determine functionality of non-complex electrical systems.
•Detailed knowledge of aircraft unique tools such as test equipment, torque wrenches, dial indicators, micrometers, cable tensiometers, sheet metal brakes and sheers, etc. is required.
•Ability to provide technical support to structural/mechanical engineers and customers.
•Excellent organizational skills in prioritizing workload to meet aircraft delivery schedule.
Experience & Education
•Completion of high school or equivalent and U.S. military technical school or specialized training course is desired, certification of education level is required.
•Current FAA Inspection Authorization (IA) or a minimum of three years’ experience as an aviation inspector and a minimum of one year experience on the Mission Design Series (MDS) airframe they will be inspecting.
•Experience in maintenance, modification and repair of tactical aircraft systems of the type being serviced and their associated components.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
•Must be able to walk and stand on level and/or inclined surfaces for extended periods throughout the day.
•Must be able to climb stairs, ramps, ladders, and work stands.
•Must be able to crouch, crawl, grasp or handle objects, use finger dexterity, bend elbow/knee and reach above/below shoulders.
•May be required to lift heavy objects whose weight may exceed 50 pounds.
•Must be able to type using a standard keyboard to communicate through e-mail and various software applications.
•Will handle dirty parts and lubricants.
•Will be required to wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
•Must be able to pass a Respirator Physical and Fit Test qualification.
•May be required to operate power vehicles, machinery, hand tools, ground support equipment, fork lift, etc.
•Must be able to lift/push/pull minimum of 50 pounds.
•May work in normal office environment, maintenance shop or outside.
•Must be able to work in a shop where the environment is drafty, noisy, and dirty.
•May be exposed to extreme noise from operating equipment.
•May be exposed to electrical shock hazards or work near moving mechanical parts or vehicles.
•Ability to travel domestically and internationally.