Saab - Lead Airworthiness Inspector

POSTED: November 22, 2021
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Job Description:

At Saab in West Lafayette, Indiana, you have the opportunity to join a team that will manufacture the rear section of the T-7A Red Hawk military trainer aircraft for the United States Air Force. When at full capacity by 2027, Saab will employ over 300 employees in the West Lafayette facility in management, administration, and manufacturing. The new flagship facility will utilize advanced manufacturing techniques and leverage research and development to support Saab’s broad product portfolio.

In the U.S., Saab also offers job opportunities in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C. and our headquarters in Syracuse, New York. Saab provides an excellent working environment, offering advancement and professional growth opportunities, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package.

As Saab is building a new advanced manufacturing facility in West Lafayette, IN, we are seeking a Lead Airworthiness Inspector to conduct internal quality inspections to ensure established quality procedures and norms are followed. Responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct routine quality analysis and tests/inspections of a quality control program, where duties and tasks are standardized.

  • Understand the design requirements and verify that the product meets the right level of quality according the requirements.

  • Perform the Statement of Compliance (SoC) and Airworthiness Inspections to verify that the product meets requirements in standards and specifications.

  • Dimensionally and visually inspect surfaces, fasteners, sealant, paintings, steps, gaps and test requirements.

  • Ensure harnesses, tubes and equipment are installed according to requirements.

  • Inspect product for foreign objects debris and damage (FOD).

  • Give quality feedback to the build team on inspection results.

  • Issue Non Conformance reports when deviations are found.

  • Analyze and evaluate the build process and the operators’ performance to ensure quality levels meet specifications.

  • Participate as a member of the Material Review Board team.

  • Train new and future Quality Inspectors in quality principles and systems.

  • Perform internal quality systems audits.

  • Serve as subject matter expert for inspection.

Skills and Experience:

  • High school degree required. Technical degree or certification in the field of aviation is preferred.

  • FAA A&P certified with a minimum 5 years of experience as an aircraft A&P Mechanic.

  • Prior experience in an aeronautical manufacturing organization is desirable.

  • High level of Airworthiness workmanship in inspection processes for structural assembly and/or system installation.

  • Experience working with standards and quality requirements.

  • Excellent communication and team working skills.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to pass standard FAA vision test.

  • Must be self-mobile and able to stand for extended periods.

  • Ability to perform physical tasks such as sitting, bending, stooping, walking, climbing, reaching during a normal workday.

  • Ability to perform repetitive motions (such as lifting or assembly of parts) including the use of hand held power tools.

  • Ability to lift up to fifty (50) pounds.

  • Hearing within normal ranges is important for conversations, and to receive ordinary information and directives from Production Supervisors and management as required.

  • Ability to work extended hours when required. 

Must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green card holder), or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to participate in a drug screen and background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, education and employment verification.


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