The Chief Inspector is responsible to the Senior Quality Manager for the overall operation of the
inspection department and, as such, will have the final authority in the releasing to service of
airframes, engines, propellers, appliances and the component parts thereof. In addition, the Chief
Inspector will assist in directing, planning and laying out the details of the inspection standards,
methods and procedures used by the repair station in complying with all applicable Federal Aviation
Regulations and manufacturer's specifications and recommendations as well as regulatory
oversight bodies such as DCMA, Military, etc.
1. Enforce Management System Policies, Procedures, and Instructions at the shop level
interacting with all functions to achieve business/program goals and objectives.
2. Supervise assigned and delegated inspectors and mechanics while performing duties.
3. Be thoroughly familiar with all inspection methods, techniques, and equipment used in their
specialty to determine the quality or airworthiness of an articles being maintained or altered.
4. Ascertain that all inspections are properly performed on all completed work before it is
approved for return to service, and that the proper inspection and maintenance records,
reports and form required for such release are properly executed.
5. Review aircraft inspection work packages for applicability and completeness.
6. Assure the proper execution of FAA Form 337 when required and/or a maintenance release.
7. See that rejected and unserviceable parts are handled in such a way as to prevent their reuse
as serviceable parts.
8. Submit reports of defects of “NOT” airworthy condition in accordance with FAR 145.63.
9. Assure that periodic checks are made on all inspection tools for calibration requirements.
10. Make available to the departments under the Production Manager the required technical data
on all aircraft, engines, and appliances for the maintenance accomplished and keeping the
data current with latest revisions.
11. Provide for continuity of inspection responsibility.
12. Maintain files of completed repair orders and inspection forms in such a manner that the file
pertaining to a specific item repaired can be readily located for review.
13. Advise the Senior Quality Manager when there is a need to revise the Aircraft Inspections
Programs. Updates and ensures compliance to DCMA 8210.C, FAA Part 21 & Part 145, this
includes updates to manuals, procedures, work instructions and/or related documents.
14. Perform internal compliance audits as assigned by the Senior Quality Manager.
15. Performs other duties as assigned by the Senior Quality Manager.
16. Daily attendance is an essential part of this position.
NOTE: The Chief of Inspector may delegate all duties assigned to any qualified assistant as necessary;
however, such delegation does not relieve the Senior Quality Manager of the overall responsibilities.
EDUCATION & TRAINING:
High school graduate or GED required with some advanced education / training courses. Bachelors
Degree preferred. Mechanics Certificate with both Airframe and Powerplant ratings. Other relevant
Qualifications. Use of blueprints, specifications, advanced shop math, use of all appropriate test
EXPERIENCE, SKILL, AND KNOWLEDGE:
Seven (7) to ten (10) years aircraft inspection experience. Current FAA Airframe and Powerplant
(A&P) license. I.A. (Inspection Authorization) preferred. DCMA 8210.C, FAA Part 145 & Part 21
experience. Manufacturing and assembly experience for entire aircraft preferred.
Exposed to typical factory conditions such as engine noise, riveting, dust and chemical fumes, none
to the extent of being intolerable. Hearing, vision and breathing protection is provided in appropriate
Working areas naturally ventilated and mechanically heated when required.
Some exposure to elements of weather when traveling and/or commuting between buildings.
Work may be performed while exposed to elements of weather.
Some travel required.
PHYSICAL & MENTAL CONDITIONS:
Requires lifting of item weighing up to 60 pounds on an occasional basis.
Requires physical effort associated with standing/walking/sitting.
Requires ability to twist, bend, squat, climb and/or other body movements to successfully
accomplish the requirements of the position.
Requires ability to crawl to some degree in performance of duties.
Requires kneeling on occasion in performance of duties.
Requires the use of either or both hands for grasping items, manual dexterity is required, and the
ability to push/pull; i.e., open/close file cabinets and/or handle machinery.
Requires the ability to reach above shoulder height in accomplishing job tasks.
Requires the ability to walk on uneven surfaces.
Sufficient vision required to successfully accomplishing the requirements of the position.
Able to properly recognize and distinguish colors.
Requires sustained periods of concentration.
Must be able to handle stressful situations without affecting logical decision- making.