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Flight Operations Inspector

Palmdale, California

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Flight Operations Inspector

Palmdale, California

Job ID: 604995BR Date posted: Aug. 08, 2022 Locations: Palmdale, California COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, and as a federal contractor, Lockheed Martin is taking action to address the increased risk and uncertainty COVID-19 variants pose in the workplace and ensuring we meet our commitments to national security.

To uphold safety for all employees, we will continue to request vaccination status for all Lockheed Martin employees including new hires. All current and newly hired employees are required to follow onsite safety measures based upon the COVID-19 Community Level at the specific work location.
Description:Inspects all types of products, including experimental, prototype and production parts, assemblies and air vehicles, during various stages of production, assembly, teardown, reassembly, flight, flight test, and delivery; certifies workmanship, functional systems and test apparatus operation, and airworthiness, including all stages of preflight, power runs, engineering flight tests, production acceptance and verification flights; exercises a knowledge of engineering, inspection, and airworthiness requirements for experimental and production aircraft, and production methods and practices for aircraft structure, electrical, hydraulic and mechanical functional systems, accessories, power plants, instruments, and aircraft performance under simulated or actual flight conditions; inspects completed aircraft area by area, including cabin and flight stations, wing and wing tank sealing, etc., inspects disassembly, alteration, modification, reassembly and testing of standard or developmental installations, instruments, structure, rigging, flight safety and survival equipment, aircraft coatings, to include LO stack-up and bonding materials, functional units and test gear; inspects structure and components, accessories, instruments, and functional installations for completeness, workmanship, safety, foreign objects and conformance to Company, customer, and F.A.A. requirements; inspects and approves installation of parts, components, assemblies and functional systems on aircraft or aircraft assemblies, and makes operational checks under simulated flight conditions; inspects systems installations, fuel operations, including final fuel checks of tanks after fluid soak, and pressure tests.

Must be able to thoroughly and efficiently
document findings, determine acceptable
corrections according to Company and/or
Customer policies, specifications, manuals,
Technical Orders, or any other governing
documents, and provide such recommendations
in physical or electronic format to multiple
organizations, including but not limited to
Planning, Engineering and Customers.

Must obtain certifications required by Company,
customer or law, and have a minimum of four
years’ experience as an assembly or production
flight line inspector or flight line mechanic, or
possess a valid A & P License with two years of
practical experience.

Must be able to demonstrate a knowledge of or
have completed training in inspection principles,
Blueprint II, basic computer operations,
operation and troubleshooting or aircraft
systems, repair technology, and operation of
ground support equipment and aircraft
functional systems.


Inspects preflight, post-flight, flight test and
flight servicing of aircraft for workmanship,
operations and airworthiness modifications.

Signs off aircraft for flight and prepares
certification documents evidencing compliance
with Company, customer, and F.A.A. regulations;
accepts or rejects conditional flight releases and
certifies release documents as required.

Inspects sighting, adjusting and firing of guns,
cannon or other armament or weapons systems
per functional test procedures.

Verifies transit leveling of aircraft and correct
zero or normal reading of instruments such as
compass, bank and turn indicator, artificial
horizon, etc.

Witnesses operational checkout of aircraft
electronic systems prior to, during or subsequent
to flights.

Inspects fuel, oil and hydraulic tanks, lines and
systems for freedom from foreign material, for
proper functioning under test equipment
actuation, and for workmanship and
conformance to specification.

Operates control surfaces, checks instrument
readings, powerplant or other operations during
power runs

Must be willing to work Swing shift/3rd Shift
schedule to support projects
Basic Qualifications:
Applicants must have a minimum of four years aircraft maintenance OR inspection and flight line operations experience.

- Experience with one or more of the following: blueprint / schematic verification, aircraft troubleshooting, maintenance, and fabrication
Desired Skills:
A&P (Airframe and Powerplant) license.

- Prior Military Flight line Assembly/Inspection experience.

- MROU Experience

- Depot Level Experience

- Nose to tail familiarization

-Knowledge of Electrical and Composite Inspection Methods Security Clearance Statement: This position requires a government security clearance, you must be a US Citizen for consideration.Clearance Level: Secret Other Important Information You Should Know Expression of Interest: By applying to this job, you are expressing interest in this position and could be considered for other career opportunities where similar skills and requirements have been identified as a match. Should this match be identified you may be contacted for this and future openings.Ability to Work Remotely: Onsite Full-time: The work associated with this position will be performed onsite at a designated Lockheed Martin facility.Work Schedules: Lockheed Martin supports a variety of alternate work schedules that provide additional flexibility to our employees. Schedules range from standard 40 hours over a five day work week while others may be condensed. These condensed schedules provide employees with additional time away from the office and are in addition to our Paid Time off benefits.Schedule for this Position: 9x80 every other Friday off Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. Join us at Lockheed Martin, where your mission is ours. Our customers tackle the hardest missions. Those that demand extraordinary amounts of courage, resilience and precision. They’re dangerous. Critical. Sometimes they even provide an opportunity to change the world and save lives. Those are the missions we care about.

As a leading technology innovation company, Lockheed Martin’s vast team works with partners around the world to bring proven performance to our customers’ toughest challenges. Lockheed Martin has employees based in many states throughout the U.S., and Internationally, with business locations in many nations and territories.
Experience Level: Hourly/Non-ExemptBusiness Unit: AERONAUTICS COMPANYRelocation Available: PossibleCareer Area: QA/Test and Inspection Type: Full-Time Shift: Multiple shifts available
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