CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Aviation Inspectors

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Aviation Inspectors
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Inspect aircraft, maintenance procedures, air navigational aids, air traffic controls, and communications equipment to ensure conformance with Federal safety regulations. 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.
 
Start aircraft and observe gauges, meters, and other instruments to detect evidence of malfunctions.
 
Examine aircraft access plates and doors for security.
 
Examine landing gear, tires, and exteriors of fuselage, wings, and engines for evidence of damage or corrosion and the need for repairs.
 
Prepare and maintain detailed repair, inspection, investigation, and certification records and reports.
 
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.
 
Examine maintenance records and flight logs to determine if service and maintenance checks and overhauls were performed at prescribed intervals.
 
Recommend replacement, repair, or modification of aircraft equipment.
 
Recommend changes in rules, policies, standards, and regulations, based on knowledge of operating conditions, aircraft improvements, and other factors.
 
Issue pilots' licenses to individuals meeting standards.
 
Investigate air accidents and complaints to determine causes.
 
Observe flight activities of pilots to assess flying skills and to ensure conformance to flight and safety regulations.
 
Conduct flight test programs to test equipment, instruments, and systems under a variety of conditions, using both manual and automatic controls.
 
Approve or deny issuance of certificates of airworthiness.
 
Analyze training programs and conduct oral and written examinations to ensure the competency of persons operating, installing, and repairing aircraft equipment.
 
Schedule and coordinate in-flight testing programs with ground crews and air traffic control to ensure availability of ground tracking, equipment monitoring, and related services.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Aviation Inspectors
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Aviation Inspectors
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Aviation Inspectors
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
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.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Aviation Inspectors
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-the-Job Training Over 4 years, up to and including 10 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 10 years
 
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Aviation Inspectors
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aeronautical Inspector
Air Carrier Inspector
Aircraft Inspector
Aircraft Landing Gear Inspector
Aircraft Mechanic
Aircraft Quality Assurance Inspector
Aircraft Quality Control Inspector
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic
Airplane Inspector
Airworthiness Safety Inspector
Assembly Inspector
Aviation Maintenance Inspector
Aviation Safety Inspector
Avionics Safety Inspector
Flight Inspector
Flight Operations Inspector
Inspector
Jet Inspector
Maintenance Director
Maintenance Inspector
Operations Inspector
Pit Inspector
Preflight Inspector
Supervising Airplane Pilot
Technical Inspector
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Aviation Inspectors
 
 
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