State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $65,204.00-$104,687.00 Yearly






An Aviation Mechanic, Chief Inspector is the full performance level of work developing, implementing and monitoring an inspection program to ensure that the maintenance of aircraft conforms to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and manufacturers’ specifications. Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from the safety officer of an aviation division or other administrator. Employees in this classification are subject to 24-hour on-call duty. Work is performed in a hangar or an office. Employees are exposed to hazardous conditions and substances, such as engine noise, jet fuel, synthetic lubricants, paint, bonding materials and cleaning solvents.

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of a class specification.

The Aviation Mechanic Chief Inspector is differentiated from the Aviation Maintenance Quality Assurance Inspector in that the Aviation Mechanic Chief Inspector is responsible for an aircraft inspection program while the Aviation Maintenance Quality Assurance Inspector has full and final authority for the inspection of all aircraft prior to their return to service.



Develops written procedures and requirements for the inspection of aircraft;

Examines all maintenance reports, aircraft log books, component and historical records, service bulletins and FAA airworthiness directives to insure that all required maintenance has been completed, documented, approved and signed by a licensed FAA Inspector;

Reports all major repairs and alterations on aircraft to the FAA:

Reports all aircraft malfunctions and defects to the FAA within 72 hours of detection;

Maintains files documenting repairs, maintenance, inspections, and other information related to the history of the aircraft as required by FAA and standard operating procedures;

Tracks time-life components to make sure they are not overflown;

Maintains files of FAA regulations and directives;

Maintains inventory of all tools, test instruments and equipment;

Develops calibration schedule and oversees calibration procedures;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of the diagnosis of problems and the repair of components associated within twin turbine powered rotary-wing aircraft and fixed-wing aircraft;

Knowledge of aircraft systems including powerplant, drive train, main and tail rotor, retractable landing gear, electrical, fuel system, electronics, mechanical, hydraulic, avionics, hoists and medical equipment;

Knowledge of the policies and procedures related to the repair of aircraft including FAA rules and regulations;

Knowledge of the inspections necessary to determine the airworthiness of aircraft;

Knowledge of the calibration of specialized tools, test instruments and equipment including micrometers, verniers, pressure gauges, torque wrenches, borescopes, electronic track and balance equipment, engine test equipment and hydraulic test equipment;

Ability to understand airframe, component and engine maintenance, repair and overhaul manuals;

Ability to understand and comply with manufacturer’s bulletins and service letters;

Ability to understand and comply with FAA airworthiness directives, advisory circulars, regulations and the authorized repair station manual;

Ability to complete necessary records, reports, and forms documenting repairs and maintenance in accordance with FAA standard operating procedures.


Education:   Determined by Federal Aviation Administration regulations under the licensing requirements for aviation mechanics with inspection authorization.

Experience: Five years of experience repairing twin turbine powered rotary-wing aircraft.

Note:  Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in the Aviation Machinist Mate classifications or Aviation, Maintenance Management, or Aircraft Maintenance specialty codes in the Aviation Maintenance field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.  


Pursuant to Federal Aviation Administration regulations candidates appointed to positions in this classification will be required to possess a FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics License with current FAA Inspection Authorization and must list their license number and date of issue on the application.


1. Applicants are subject to a background investigation and polygraph examination by the Maryland State Police before a permanent appointment can be made. A criminal conviction record could be grounds for rejection of the applicant by the hiring agency.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to 24-hour on-call duty.  Employees in this classification are required to provide the facility with a telephone number at which they can be reached.

3. Employees in this classification are subject to Substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal use of Drugs.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.  

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit A, Labor and Trades classes.  As provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.  

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation. An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime, as provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.

Date Established

Oct 1 1996 12:00AM

Date Revised

October 20, 2017


Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 003651; EST: 10/1/1996; REV: 7/1/2020;

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