The mission of the Flight Test Facility is to support research and development programs at Lincoln Laboratory by providing unique airborne test bed platforms, state-of-the-art test facilities and expert integration and flight-test risk management solutions. The Flight Test Facility provides a method of validation with actual field collected data. Flight Test Facility Research aircraft are flown, maintained, and managed by a professional staff of pilots, certified maintenance mechanics and technicians, and administrative personnel. The Flight Test Facility's first priority is safety of flight. All flight operations are conducted by using procedures and equipment that meet or exceed all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements. As a result of various past airborne testing programs, mission-specific integration procedures have been developed. These procedures and the Federal Aviation Regulations provide for safe and successful operations.
The Flight Test Facility was created to support early air-to-air collision avoidance research programs sponsored by the FAA. As the need for more extensive airborne testing increased, the Flight Test Facility has expanded to support a variety of Department of Defense, Homeland Security and FAA programs. The Flight Test Facility currently operates seven aircraft. The aircraft are experimentally certificated flying test beds ranging in size from a small general aviation Cessna to regional transport turboprops to large corporate jets. All aircraft maintenance, modifications and alterations are performed in accordance with the approved standards of a Part 145 Repair Station.
The Chief Inspector is responsible for all aircraft and avionics inspection activities of the Part 145 repair station. The Chief Inspector leads a staff of highly qualified A&P mechanics and avionics technicians performing inspections on MIT Lincoln Laboratory Flight Test Facility aircraft and avionics. The Chief Inspector reports directly to the Flight Test Facility manager for all quality assurance and inspection activities and acts as the Deputy Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor reporting to the Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor for normal maintenance and integration activities.
Duties & Responsibilities
Coordinates all aircraft and avionics inspection activities on the MIT Flight Test Facility aircraft, ensuring all inspection activities are conducted in a safe and orderly manner.
Responsible for directing and laying out the details of inspection standards, methods, and procedures used by the Repair Station in complying with all applicable FARs, manufacturer's specifications, and recommendations.
Supervise, assist and direct all personnel assigned to the inspection department.
Responsible for the proper quality assurance and inspector training of all mechanics and technicians.
Ensure that the repair station has the proper calibrated tooling and technical data to perform the work assigned in accordance with the FAA Certified Repair Station manual and current FAA regulations.
Responsible for maintaining the Repair Station Quality Manual and documenting any revisions.
Duties & Responsibilities con't
Determine that all technical data on all articles overhauled or repaired by the Repair Station are secured and kept current with the latest revisions. This data will include manufacturer's overhaul manuals, service bulletins, approved data, and other technical data used by the Repair Station. In addition, the Chief Inspector will ensure that any military technical orders used in the overhaul and repair of components, for which civilian manuals are not published, have been evaluated and approved by the FAA.
Ensure that all maintenance and integration processes and practices are performed in accordance with current OSHA safety standards, MIT EHS safety standards environmental protection regulations, MIT Lincoln Laboratory DoD security regulations, the approved FAA Certified Repair Station Manual and Flight Test Facility Operating Manual.
Work with the Aircraft Part Manager to ensure that all incoming material and assure that all parts are FAA quality with approved documentation.
Conduct the preliminary, hidden damage, in-process, and final inspection of all articles processed by the Repair Station and record results as outlined in this Manual.
Interact with the FAA on behalf of MIT Lincoln Laboratory Flight Test Facility for all maintenance and modification activities on a routine basis and to all activities related to the Repair Station inspection procedures including for the purpose of filing an application for an airworthiness certificate in experimental or standard category on FAA form 8130-6.
Act as the Deputy Maintenance Supervisor and assist the Maintenance Supervisor and act on their behalf when absent
Assign work orders to the proper aircraft mechanic for action.
Ten years direct aircraft maintenance experience performing maintenance, preventative maintenance, inspection and alteration on large and small aircraft including helicopters.
Minimum of ve years' experience in a maintenance supervisory position is preferred.
Candidate must meet the qualication as a FAA Certified Repair Station Chief Inspector supervisor as described in FAA FAR 145.153, 145.155 and 145.157
Possess a FAA A&P certicate and FAA Inspection Authorization (IA) rating
Experience with Gulfstream GII, GIV, Falcon HU-25, Viking DHC6-300, Cessna 206 and SAAB 340 preferred.
Extensive experience with FAA certification processes and procedures with an emphasis on Special Airworthiness certication. Familiarity with DCMA 8210 Contractor's Flight and Ground Operations preferred.
Interpersonal skills necessary to work eectively with a variety of individuals, departments and organizations
Ability and willingness to work with irregular hours and work days
Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.