Aviation Safety Inspector (Manufacturing)


Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI’s) for Manufacturing are responsible for enforcing compliance by air carriers and general aviation aircraft to FAA safety rules and regulations. Manufacturing Aviation Safety Inspectors monitor, inspect, evaluate, and sometimes perform surveillance of manufacturing facilities. Part of the Manufacturing Inspectors’ duties include making airworthiness determinations of military surplus, amateur-built aircraft, and all civil aircraft before issuing certifications. This includes aircraft that are new, modified, imported, or exported.


An Aviation Safety Inspector may have to deal with frustrated or angry individuals. The job can entail long hours of boredom punctuated by moments of high stress or frustration. Because Inspectors often have to travel as part of their job, they may be away from home for days at a time.


Applicants should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR’s) as well as FAA procedures and policies. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a fluency in English is necessary.


Applicants must be United States citizens. Applicants must have good distant vision in both eyes and be able to read printed materials without strain, though using contact lenses or glasses is acceptable. A hearing aid is permissible, but the applicant must have good hearing. Inspectors must not have any physical impediment that would minimize or eliminate their ability to fly as passengers. Applicants must have a valid and current state driver’s license, and not have any chemical or drug dependence that would interfere with the performance of their duties. A high school degree or equivalent is necessary. Experience in aircraft manufacturing quality control systems, methods, and techniques is essential for applicants. Knowledge of carburizing, plating, CAD-CAM, robotics, software quality control, and welding is also preferable.


The FAA will provide some training on the job.


Inspectors must travel often and will sometimes be required to work irregular hours.

Salary and Benefits

Benefits include health and life insurance, personal leave days, ten paid holidays per year, flexible spending accounts, a uniform allowance, family medical leave plan, retirement plan, transportation subsidies, and paid training.

$38,175.00 – $71,965.00

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