Aviation Inspector

Job Description:

Aviation inspectors check aircrafts, maintenance procedures, air navigational aids, air traffic controls, and communications equipment for safety.

Job Category:
Automotive & Aviation

What you will do:

Your day-to-day will include tasks such as:

  • Start aircraft and observe gauges, meters, and other instruments to detect evidence of malfunctions.
  • Recommend replacement, repair, or modification of 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.
  • Conduct flight test programs to test equipment, instruments, and systems under a variety of conditions, using both manual and automatic controls.
  • Analyze training programs and conduct oral and written examinations to ensure the competency of persons operating, installing, and repairing aircraft equipment.
  • 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.
  • Observe flight activities of pilots to assess flying skills and to ensure conformance to flight and safety regulations.
  • Examine aircraft access plates and doors for security.


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations (leadership skills)
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • analytical & critical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • persistence and determination (drive)
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Entry Requirements:

The specific GCSE subjects required to become an Aviation Inspector may vary depending on the country and the specific qualifications and requirements of the aviation authority or organisation where you seek employment. However, there are some general subjects that are often considered relevant for a career in aviation inspection:

  1. Mathematics: A strong foundation in mathematics is crucial for aviation inspectors, as they often need to perform calculations related to aircraft maintenance, safety standards, and regulatory compliance.
  2. Science: Physics and chemistry are relevant subjects as they can help you understand the principles of flight, aircraft systems, and materials used in aviation.
  3. English: Good communication skills, including reading, writing, and speaking in English, are important for aviation inspectors. They need to write reports, communicate with colleagues, and ensure compliance with regulations.
  4. Information Technology (IT): Aviation inspectors may need to use various software tools and databases to access and analyze information related to aircraft maintenance and safety.
  5. Engineering or Technology: While not always a requirement, studying subjects related to engineering or technology can provide you with a deeper understanding of aircraft systems and maintenance procedures, which can be beneficial for this career.
  6. Geography: An understanding of geography and navigation principles can be useful when dealing with airspace regulations and safety considerations.

Post School

An aircraft maintenance engineer must have extensive knowledge of aircraft maintenance procedures and inspection systems, as well as aircraft materials/parts and regulations governing their compatibility with registered aircraft.

They must be able to select and/or record data for aircraft and be knowledgeable of measuring instruments and test equipment. Knowledge of safety precautions and fire prevention is also necessary.

An aircraft maintenance engineer must have an aircraft maintenance engineer’s license, as well as several years of training on the job as an air mechanic or trades helper. A combination of technical school and on-the-job training totalling three years may also be accepted.

Working Hours and Environment:

Working hours vary depending where you work.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could progress to managing a team.