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Aviation Inspectors

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Inspect aircraft, maintenance procedures, air navigational aids, air traffic controls, and communications equipment to ensure conformance with Federal safety regulations.

    Work Activities
    • Approve or deny issuance of certificates of airworthiness.
    • Conduct flight test programs to test equipment, instruments, and systems under a variety of conditions, using both manual and automatic controls.
    • Inspect work of aircraft mechanics performing maintenance, modification, or repair and overhaul of aircraft and aircraft mechanical systems to ensure adherence to standards and procedures.
    • Examine aircraft access plates and doors for security.
    • Investigate air accidents and complaints to determine causes.
    • Start aircraft and observe gauges, meters, and other instruments to detect evidence of malfunctions.
    • Examine maintenance records and flight logs to determine if service and maintenance checks and overhauls were performed at prescribed intervals.
    • Examine landing gear, tires, and exteriors of fuselage, wings, and engines for evidence of damage or corrosion and the need for repairs.
    • Inspect 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.
    • Recommend replacement, repair, or modification of aircraft equipment.
    • Prepare and maintain detailed repair, inspection, investigation, and certification records and reports.
    • Analyze training programs and conduct oral and written examinations to ensure the competency of persons operating, installing, and repairing aircraft equipment.
    • Recommend changes in rules, policies, standards, and regulations, based on knowledge of operating conditions, aircraft improvements, and other factors.
    Skills
    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge
    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $49,180/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $23.65/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 760
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Initiative
    • Analytical Thinking
    Tools
    • Torque wrenches
    • Pick or place robots
    • Integrated maintenance information systems
    • Inspection mirror
    • Eddy current examination equipment
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    Tags
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