Lead Aircraft Maintenance Technician


General Characteristics:
A Lead Aircraft Mechanic is responsible for planning and leading the work of aircraft mechanics; responsible for assuring the airworthiness of aircraft owned by the College and for compliance with applicable federal regulations and guidelines; performs necessary repairs and scheduled preventive maintenance on aircraft; does related work as required. Physical strength and agility are required to lift heavy parts and equipment and to access all portions of the planes for inspection and repair purposes. Inspection and repair of aircraft requires good visual acuity and eye-hand coordination. Positions require weekend work.

Examples of Work:
Leads the work of other aircraft mechanics by planning, a signing, prioritizing, setting work schedules, providing quality control surveillance and/or on-the-job training; develops in-house procedures to assure impeccably maintained and properly inspected aircraft for the enrolled flight students and professional flight staff at the times required by the Master Flight Schedule.

Supervises and/or conducts federally mandated airworthiness inspections of aircraft; supervises and/or repairs or replaces a wide variety of aircraft components, parts and accessories, in keeping with applicable federal requirements for airframe, powerplants and propellers, including complete raw data weight-and-balance measurements and calculations.

Researches and interprets applicable federal Airworthiness Directives plus manufacturer's service letters and service bulletins; reviews department work orders, maintenance records and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required aircraft documents for completeness, currency and accuracy; assures that all aircraft released for return to service have all required documents on board, including FCC licenses and State Registration Certificates.

Completes in-flight evaluations with a pilot or instructor on board following maintenance or repair work; develops an itemized parts/labor breakdown of all maintenance accomplished on each aircraft during the preceding calendar month.

Assures that a departmental Inspection-Status Report (ISR) for each aircraft is accurately completed and delivered to the department chair; assures that an Aircraft Maintenance Status Board based on the ISR is displayed and updated on a daily basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to operate the following aircraft inspection and repair equipment: hydraulic and/or mechanical jacks, aircraft scales, electrical and/or pneumatic drill-motors and rivet-guns, electrical multi-meters, spray paint, solvent, anti-corrosion or other liquid-chemical air pressure-activated guns, wands, nozzles, oxygen/acetylene equipment, powered sanders, saws, grinding wheels, magneto timing lights, differential pressure gauges, spark-plug cleaning and gapping equipment, aircraft tugs, engine hoists and battery carts; ability to operate a wide variety of normal and specialized hand-tools appropriate to the trade; ability to conduct engine-start, run-up and taxi the aircraft, without a pilot or instructor on board; skill in planning work, assigning tasks, prioritizing work, setting work schedules, providing quality controls and conducting on-the-job training, as needed; knowledge of federal air regulations, Cessna 100, Cessna 200 and Piper PA 28 series service manuals and bulletins; knowledge of all systems in small aircraft, especially Cessna 100, Cessna 200 and Piper PA 28 series; knowledge of repair procedures for all mechanical, electrical and structural systems in these aircraft; ability to climb on and around aircraft and perform required lifting, bending and manipulation of mechanisms as required to inspect and repair aircraft; ability to lift parts and components weighing up to 60 pounds; ability to occasionally lift up to 400 pounds with assistance; ability to work weekends; ability to work safely.

Reports to and works under the general supervision of the Lane Aviation Academy chair. Work is performed independently according to industry standards and federal regulations.

This position leads the work of one or more aircraft mechanic positions This position plans work, assigns tasks, trains, provides priorities and is available to answer questions or troubleshoot problems on a daily basis.

Minimum Qualifications:
High school graduation or equivalent is required. Three years of documented industry employment as a full-time general aviation aircraft mechanic which includes substantial experience involving the inspection and repair of all-metal Cessna 100, Cessna 200 and Piper PA 28 series aircraft and one year of documented work as an authorized inspector or shop foreman in a FAA repair station or as a FAA Maintenance Inspector is required. FAA certificates as Airframe Mechanic, Powerplant Mechanic and Inspector are required.

There is no acceptable substitution for this certification and experience.

Revised 12/99