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QA Inspector A, Part 21 and/or Part 145


This is a Contract position in Lexington, KY posted December 24, 2021.

AAA USA is looking to hire a QA Inspector A, part 21 and Part 145 in Columbus, MS.

This is a 1099 contract with one of the largest aerospace companies in the area.

Position Summary: Assure compliance with the company policies and procedures and FAA regulations.

Perform detailed, functional, operational, and dimensional inspections of aircraft, systems, and components to determine airworthiness.

Responsible for returning aircraft and components to service after production or maintenance.

Primary Responsibilities: 1.

Documentation: 40% Research, compile, and document all applicable maintenance for airframe, engine, accessories, and components per Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved regulations and company procedures.

Ensure compliance with all applicable calendar/hourly inspections, life-limited or cycle-limited components, airworthiness directives, and alert service bulletins.

Document and return airframe, engine, accessories, or components to service after production, maintenance, overhaul, repair, or modification.

Compose and prepare all necessary Aircraft delivery documentation (i.e.: weight and balance, FAA form 337, FAA form 8130-3, 8130-6), to qualifying the airworthiness or return to service of aircraft, engines, parts, components, and systems.

To include but not limited to, ensuring all necessary certification supporting documentation for aircraft repair or modifications has been received, i.e.

Designated Engineering Representative (DER) approvals, Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC), Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Lighting Evaluation, Human Machine Interface (HMI), Emergency Egress and Cabin Compliance, Flammability Testing, Electrical and Structural approvals.

Ensure Technical Standard Orders (TSO) minimum performance standards are met for installation of specified materials, parts, and appliances used on civil aircraft Etc) Determine if FAA field approval is required for installations.

Inspect and receive incoming material, (i.e.

new parts, supplies, and repaired parts from vendors).

Ensure proper tagging, identification, and airworthiness of parts related to Airframe, Engines, and Accessories.

Detect and report suspected unapproved parts, file FAA forms 8120-11 as required.

Perform conformity inspections for Supplemental Type Certificated (STC) development projects, parts manufacturer approval (PMA) parts, structural and electrical components.

Ensure compliance with production and repair station policies/procedures/forms and FAA Regulations.


Physical inspection, Mechanical & Structural: 35% Accomplish in-process and final quality inspections for conformity, maintenance, repair, modification, rework and overhaul of aircraft components and sub-assemblies.

Tasks will include “Clearance-to-close” inspections, torque check verifications, dimensional checks, flight control system installation verifications, and flight control rigging checks of Airframe, Engine(s), hydraulic, pneumatic, and fuel systems for integrity.

Must be familiar with composite materials such as pre-impregnated composite carbon, Kevlar, and graphite materials and associated types of resins used in composite manufacturing, repairs, and their applications.

Proficient in inspections to determine serviceability or rejection of Composite and Aluminum structures and panels.

Includes in-process “Clearance-to-close”, dimensional checks, acoustic tap testing, or repair inspection of cracks, punctures, and scratches.

Inspect aircraft aluminum, titanium, or steel structures for cracks, corrosion, damage, and improper assembly.

Inspection for proper shimming and joining of structures with rivets or other approved hardware.

Inspection of repairs to structures per approved documentation, engineering disposition, drawings, structural repair manual, or standard practices manuals.

Conduct applicable airframe calendar or hourly inspections, hidden damage inspections of airframe structures and sub-assemblies during manufacturing, and for aircraft involved in incidents or accidents.

Examine fit, function, and seal off windows and doors.

Installation of seats, instruments, and decorative panels.

Examine installation of floor, wall coverings, and interior upholstery to verify color, quality, and fit of materials.

Inspect and approve/reject manufactured parts and assemblies for installation, customer purchase, and Supplemental Type Certificate projects.

Inspect and categorize parts as serviceable, repairable, or rejected/scrap.

Validate disposition of parts or repaired parts routed to the shop floor, from warehouse, internal shops, and vendors for conformity and serviceability per approved data.

Perform aircraft physical weight and balance functions and calculations per AC 43.13-1B, chapter 10 in conjunction with applicable Aircraft Maintenance Manuals.

Qualify dynamic parts by visual, precision measurement, and non-destructive testing inspection methods.

Audit quality procedures and maintenance forms used during maintenance activities to assure compliance with approved methods, current data, and regulatory requirements.

Monitor calibration checks of precision tools and instruments.

Able to read and understand Structural blueprints, drawings.


Electrical Inspections: 25% Inspect and qualify functional or operational tests, check-outs, and adjustments of aircraft radios, navigational and flight control instruments to determine but not limited to power output, circuit continuity, radiation, frequency, electrical load, pressure, and vacuum systems.

Inspect instruments such as altimeters, airspeed indicators, directional gyroscopes, transponders, and air data computers and their installations for defects and proper routing, security of electrical harnesses, pitot/static pressure lines, or damage to instruments and adjacent components.

Verify installation of aircraft system wiring harnesses, connectors, and electrical terminations of sub-assemblies for accuracy, routing, and conformity of installation using approved type design data or FAA-approved data.

Observation of instrument connections and use of standard testing devices to determine aircraft system instruments and accessories meet required specifications.

Inspection and verify testing of emergency locator transmitters (ELT), Transponders, Altimeters, Airspeed Indicators, and Air Data Computers per Title 14 CFR Parts 91, 135, and 43.

Able to read and understand Electrical blueprints, drawings, and production electrical wiring diagrams.

Additional Responsibilities: Other duties as assigned at management discretion.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training: Education: Required: High School Diploma or equivalent experience Preferred: Associate’s Degree in aviation or industry-related.

Experience: Required: Actively engaged in the field of aviation maintenance quality inspection with a minimum of 4 years related experience performing aircraft mechanical, electrical, and structural quality inspection in the following fields; Manufacturing Production Certificate Holder, Repair Station, Airlines, or related Military service.

Or a minimum of 8 years experience, performing aircraft mechanic, electrical, structural maintenance, and directly responsible for returning aircraft to service under FAA regulations.

Preferred: Four years of diversified experience on Airbus Helicopter products either as a maintainer or quality inspector.

Licensure/Certifications: Required: Valid FAA Airframe & Power Plant Certificate.

Preferred: FAA Inspection Authorization (IA) FCC 2nd class license Non Destructive Inspection (NDI) certificate.

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities: Required: Ability to interpret technical and regulatory documentation.

Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with all levels of personnel.

Familiar with inspection tools, aids, and devices used in determining tolerances and specification limits.

Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Proficiency in Other Languages): Required: Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.

Preferred: Proficiency in Spanish, French, or German.

Technical Systems Proficiency: Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and SharePoint.

Adobe Acrobat Reader, Basic knowledge of SAP.

Travel Required: 15% or less Domestic and International Citizenship: US Person under ITAR definition (U.S.

Citizen, green card holder, or person covered under our existing ITAR license) Decision Making, Complexity: Quality inspectors must routinely judge the airworthiness of aircraft and serviceability of repairs, inspections, and maintenance to aircraft and safety of operation.

Included but is not limited to loss prevention of revenue, property, or life.

This judgment requires a high degree of independent decision making and integrity may include making command decisions regarding the safety of flight or operation of Aircraft.

Inspectors also routinely interface with managers, customers, suppliers, technicians, engineering, and other departments for inspection-related decisions.

Organizational information: Quality Inspector A reports to the Quality Manager who reports to the VP of Quality North America.

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success: Quality Inspectors have direct contact with customers during pre and post-completion of new aircraft, maintenance, and repair of customer-owned assets.

May be responsible for inspection and return to service of company-owned aircraft used for customer pilot training or lease.

This position requires a professional individual who is knowledgeable, trustworthy, and personable with a customer and company advocacy mindset.

Nature of Contacts: Internal: Technicians, Pilots, Engineers, Management, Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR).

External: Suppliers, Customers, and Federal Regulators.

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