Airplane Inspector

Examine and certify airworthiness of aircrafts.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Airplane Inspectors do?

Examines airframe, engines, and operating equipment to ensure that repairs are made according to specifications, and certifies airworthiness of aircraft: Tests tightness of airframe connections with handtools and employs flashlight and mirror to inspect fit of parts. Signals AIRFRAME-AND-POWER-PLANT MECHANIC to start engine and manipulate aircraft controls. Collects data, such as engine revolutions per minute and fuel and oil pressures, to evaluate engine performance, using tachometer and pressure gauges. Examines assembly, installation, and adjustment of ailerons and rudders to ensure that work and materials conform with Civil Air Regulations, company specifications, and manual procedures. Determines accuracy of installation of components in power plant and hydraulic system with protractor, micrometer, calipers, and gauge to ensure that specified tolerances are met. Signs inspection tag to approve unit, or records reasons for rejecting unit. Logs inspections performed on aircraft. Must hold Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic’s License and Inspection Authorization, issued by Federal Aviation Administration. May prepare dismantling schedules for airplanes to be overhauled. May service, repair, and replace airframe components, engines, and operating equipment [AIRFRAME-AND-POWER-PLANT MECHANIC].

Should I be an Airplane Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Airplane-and-Engine Inspector

    How to become an Airplane Inspector

    Most Airplane Inspectors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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