Ascent Aviation Services is one of the largest aviation maintenance, repair, overhaul, storage and reclamation operations in the world. Our strength comes from our talented and professional employees who excel through teamwork and enthusiasm. Ascent Aviation Services continues to grow and are conti

QC Lead Inspector

Ascent Aviation Services • 
Marana, Arizona, United States
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:

Ascent Aviation Services is one of the largest aviation maintenance, repair, overhaul, storage and reclamation operations in the world. Our strength comes from our talented and professional employees who excel through teamwork and enthusiasm. Ascent Aviation Services continues to grow and are continually looking for motivated and career minded aviation professionals who will support our vision and goals.


To lead functions assigned in the performance of aircraft quality control inspection to ensure airworthiness of aircraft.


Physical Demands: Requires sitting or standing for extended periods of time.  Requires frequent walking, bending, stooping, squatting, climbing, and reaching above shoulder level. Requires occasional crawling, crouching, kneeling, and balancing. Requires frequent lifting, carrying pushing or pulling weight up to 10 pounds. Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity.  Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.

Equipment Operated:  Ladders, stands, hi-lifts, flashlights, borescopes, magnifying glasses, standard office equipment.

Work Location:  Aircraft maintenance hangar, office, flightline.

Potential Hazards:   Exposure to high intensity noise levels, changes in temperature, materials identified on Safety Data Sheets, working on unprotected heights or around moving machinery.

Protective Equipment Required:  Goggles, safety glasses, face shields, ear protection, aprons, gloves, safety harnesses, breathing equipment.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Ensures that all work performed complies with applicable technical data, FAA regulations and Ascent Aviation policies and procedures.
  • Reviews non-preplanned documents to identify methods of repair and/or replacement identifying necessary parts, materials and tooling requirements.  Provides timely estimate for all maintenance on non-preplanned documents within scope of responsibility.
  • Ensures that all aircraft parts/components removed from an aircraft in work, that are to be routed to Technical Services, are documented by a valid job number and that the work scope is properly identified.
  • Responsible for the proper execution of parts tags attached to repairable, serviceable, or condemned parts.
  • Performs aircraft inspection, flightline operations and shop work necessary to maintain aircraft in safe and airworthy condition.
  • Inspects parts and materials purchased for use in maintaining, modifying and configuration of aircraft and equipment to see that quality, allowable tolerances, etc. meet the specifications and standards set by the company and the applicable manufacturer.
  • Responsible for recording all inspection data on forms, reports and inspection tags and bringing to the attention of the Chief Inspector any irregularities in the standard practice used that would cause injury to personnel or make the aircraft unsafe.
  • Ensures that corrective actions used on all types of work cards have proper references documented as to work performed.
  • Ensure that RIIs are properly identified on all work cards used in accordance with customer procedures manuals.
  • Ensures that all Work-In-Progress Conformity Records are properly documented as to work performed for that shift assigned.
  • Performs the function of receiving inspector for those parts or materials routed for checking.
  • Tests tightness of airframe connections with hand tools and utilizes flashlight and mirror to inspect fit of parts.
  • Examines assembly, installation, and adjustment of ailerons and rudders to ensure that workmanship and materials conform with Civil Air Regulations, company specifications, and manual procedures. 
  • Determines accuracy of installation of components in power plant and hydraulic system using protractor, micrometer, calipers, and gauges to ensure that specified tolerances are met.
  • Signs inspection tag to approve unit, or records reasons for rejecting unit.
  • Logs inspections performed on aircraft.
  • Performs orientation and on-the-job training for employees.  Ensures that training is documented in employee training records.
  • Enforces company policies and safety regulations and the proper use of equipment and ensures that quality standards are met.
  • Coordinates activities of workers including assigning work duties for maximum utilization of manpower and analyzing and resolving work problems.
  • Maintains communications within area of responsibility, informing employees as to plans and progress and promoting teamwork and cooperation.

Marginal Job Functions:

  • Performs facility audits for safety and policy compliance.
  • Coordinates with customers to obtain data or information relating to a project in work.
  • Makes recommendations to management to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, or cut costs.
  • Performs duties of Chief Inspector in his/her absence.
  • Performs maintenance duties away from base on temporary duty.
  • Ensure that all work performed is done in a safe manner. Directs activities to protect employees from harm and maintain safe working conditions.


  • Will monitor and ensure SMS compliance, safe workplace initiatives/practices are followed, and to eliminate health hazards. 
  • Will enforce safety rules, FAA regulations, PPE compliance, equipment operation requirements, safety reporting and provide resources to eliminate hazardous conditions.
  • Will implement approved safety suggestions and solutions for achieving a safer, healthier workplace.

Duties not listed within the position description may be required of the employee at the discretion of the department management.  Job functions may vary due to irregular working conditions or multiple shift positions.

Job Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Ability to organize and plan work adhering to deadlines; attention to detail and mathematical skills; ability to read, write, and understand the English language and to follow and administer verbal and written instruction; ability to interpret and apply technical data relating to position; ability to safely drive and operate a standard shift automotive vehicle and other applicable equipment; ability to work with or without supervision.

Education/Training: High School diploma or equivalent required. Post-secondary education or training in aircraft maintenance or equivalent combination of education, training or experience required.

Experience: Five years’ experience in aircraft inspection preferred.

Certificates/Licenses:A&P License and valid driver’s license required.

Other:May be required to work at both Marana, AZ and Tucson, AZ locations as business needs dictate.

Ascent Aviation Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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