Inspects aircraft, maintenance procedures, air navigational aids, air traffic controls, and communications equipment to ensure conformance with Federal safety regulations.
This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Governance pathway.
A person in this career:
- Inspects work of aircraft mechanics performing maintenance, modification, or repair and overhaul of aircraft and aircraft mechanical systems to ensure adherence to standards and procedures.
- Examines aircraft access plates and doors for security.
- Examines landing gear, tires, and exteriors of fuselage, wings, and engines for evidence of damage or corrosion and the need for repairs.
- Examines maintenance records and flight logs to determine if service and maintenance checks and overhauls were performed at prescribed intervals.
- Inspects 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.
- Prepares and maintains detailed repair, inspection, investigation, and certification records and reports.
- Approves or denies issuance of certificates of airworthiness.
- Conducts flight test programs to test equipment, instruments, and systems under a variety of conditions, using both manual and automatic controls.
- Investigates air accidents and complaints to determine causes.
- Observes flight activities of pilots to assess flying skills and to ensure conformance to flight and safety regulations.
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