Aircraft inspectors check all aspects of an airplane such as the engines landing gear instrumentation and systems on a routine basis to determine if any service or repair work is necessary. They also inspect the work of aircraft mechanics after a service or repair has been completed.
In many of todays newer and more sophisticated aircraft inspectors may gather diagnostic information from computer systems aboard the plane that monitor the aircrafts basic operations. In other airplanes inspection must be done manually through visual inspection and by taking precise measurements with specialized tools. Most aircraft inspectors begin as aircraft mechanics. Find your education as an aircraft inspector.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all maintenance work on aircraft be performed by certified mechanics. Therefore most airlines hire mechanics who hold an FAA certification. The FAA offers certification for airframe mechanics and power plant mechanics although most airlines hire mechanics who have a combined AP certificate. To receive an FAA certification an aspiring aircraft mechanic needs to complete coursework in an Aviation Maintenance Technician school that has been certified by the FAA.
The certification program can last from one to two years or 1900 class hours as set by the FAA. To become an aircraft inspector a mechanic needs an aircraft inspector's authorization. To obtain an inspector's authorization a mechanic must have held an AP certificate for at least three years with 24 months of hands-on experience. The average yearly salary for aircraft inspectors is about $50000.