Aviation Inspectors
SOC: 53-6051.01


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
26,400 employed

Projected (2024):
26,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Aeronautical Inspector
  • Air Carrier Inspector
  • Aircraft Inspector
  • Aircraft Landing Gear Inspector
  • Aircraft Quality Control Inspector
  • Airplane Inspector
  • Airworthiness Inspector
  • Airworthiness Safety Inspector
  • Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Aviation Safety Inspector, Manufacturing
  • Avionics Safety Inspector
  • Flight Inspector
  • Flight Operations Inspector
  • Inspector
  • Jet Inspector
  • Maintenance Inspector
  • Operations Inspector
  • Pilot Safety Inspector
  • Pit Inspector
  • Preflight Inspector
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Quality Inspector
  • Return to Service Inspector
  • Supervising Airplane Pilot
  • Technical Inspector

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aircraft Technical Publishers ATP Maintenance Planner
  • Angled feeler gauges
  • Borescopes
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Desktop computers
  • Dial gauges
  • Eddy current inspection equipment
  • Eddy current pencil probes
  • Fluorescent penetrant testers
  • Hand held magnifiers
  • Handheld computers
  • Inspection mirrors
  • Ladders
  • Laptop computers
  • Magnetic particle inspection equipment
  • Maintenance tracking software
  • Micrometers
  • Non-destructive inspection NDI robots
  • Ohmmeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Output meters
  • Personal computers
  • Precision rulers
  • Pressure gauges
  • Protractors
  • Scaffolding
  • Shearographic equipment
  • Tachometers
  • Thermographic equipment
  • Thread gauges
  • Torque wrenches
  • Ultrasonic inspection devices
  • Vernier calipers
  • Wearable computers
  • X ray inspection equipment
  • Aircraft regulation databases
  • CAD/CAM software
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Robotic workstation software

  • transportation and material moving

    industry stats

    SOC: 53-0000

    Total Employed: 9,536,610

    Average Annual Salary: $35,160