Air-Carrier Inspector

Inspect aircrafts and facilities to ensure conformance to standards.
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Salary Range
$31,000 – $108,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Air-Carrier Inspectors do?

Inspects aircraft and maintenance base facilities to assure conformance with federal safety and qualifications standards: Examines aircraft maintenance record and flight log to determine if service checks, maintenance checks, and overhauls were performed at intervals prescribed. Inspects landing gear, tires, and exterior of fuselage, wings, and engine for evidence of damage or corrosion and recommends repair. Examines access plates and doors for security. Inspects new, repaired, or modified aircraft, according to checklist, to determine structural and mechanical airworthiness, using handtools and test instruments. Starts aircraft and observes gauges, meters, and other instruments to detect evidence of malfunction. Examines electrical systems and accompanies flight crew on proving flight to test instruments. Inventories spare parts to determine whether stock meets requirements. Analyzes training programs to assure competency of persons operating, installing, and repairing equipment. Informs airline officials of deficiencies. Prepares report of inspection to document findings. Approves or disapproves issuance of certificate of airworthiness. Conducts examinations to test theoretical and practical knowledge of construction, maintenance, repair, and trouble diagnosis for aircraft mechanics license candidates. Investigates air accidents to determine whether cause was due to structural or mechanical malfunction. Required to have federal aviation rating for type of aircraft inspected and pass federal aviation medical certification. May be designated according to specialty as Air-Carrier Electronics Inspector; Air-Carrier Maintenance Inspector.


Should I be an Air-Carrier Inspector?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Air-Carrier Electronics Inspector, Air-Carrier Maintenance Inspector, Inspector, Air-Carrier, Motor Carrier Inspector

    How to become an Air-Carrier Inspector

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