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General Electric Quality Specialist & Inspector – Flight Test Operation in Victorville, California

Job Description Summary

The Lead Quality Specialist will support quality control (and quality assurance as necessary) activities for GE Aviation Flight Test Operation under guidance of the Quality Manager. Ensure correct alignment with quality requirements. Ensure that manufactured, repaired, or procured products meet specified standards before they progress to next phase of production or customer delivery.

Responsible for inspection of aircraft, aircraft components/sub-assemblies, engines, engine components/sub-assemblies, manufactured hardware/test systems/instrumentation to support flight test. This position will require comprehensive knowledge of applicable FAA framework, GE Quality, Boeing 747 aircraft systems and turbofan engines. Inspectors’ duties include but are not limited to the following: Preliminary Inspections, In-Process Inspections, Hidden Damage Inspections, Final Inspections, Approval for Return-to-Service, Receiving Inspections.

In this role you will be responsible for complex assignments with business implications, manage complex issues within functional area(s) of expertise, and contribute to business deliverables. High levels of evaluative judgment are required to achieve outcomes required.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Ensures that work performed is properly documented and complies with written policies, procedures, industry standards, and FAA regulations as applicable.

  • Act as quality interface with GE Aviation Flight Test Operation and Customers. Work across functions to assure proper Quality issues management to minimize impact on safety, quality, and training

  • Coordinate activities to guarantee correct non-conforming material management. Conduct the preliminary review and work with Material Review Board to disposition nonconforming material and devise remediation actions

  • Be thoroughly familiar with the scope and limitations of the review methods and should have the ability to apply detailed Inspection techniques to products or parts within his/her limit of qualification.

  • Ensure that all inspections are properly performed on all completed work before it is approved for return to service and that the proper inspection and maintenance records and forms required for such release are properly executed.

  • Ensure all materials, equipment and parts being used are appropriate and meet the standards and requirements set by the applicable Manuals and/or approved technical documentation.

  • Verifies that tools and gages utilized in the maintenance, inspection, repair and manufacturing areas are maintained within calibration cycles and are adequate for the required measurements.

  • Conduct internal audits and support FAA, GE, and customer audits and assure implementation of corrective actions

  • Prepare, communicate, and oversee quality plans. Assure that adequate inspection / test plans are defined and supervise on their correct application

  • Assist in drafting and reviewing quality policies, procedures, practices, and instructions

  • Oversee evaluation of test equipment and measurements instruments

  • Analyze data to identify areas for improvement in the quality system and processes; develop, recommend, and monitor corrective and preventive actions

  • Investigate and conduct Root Cause Analysis following customer complaints, quality escapes, non-conformance issues or other quality issues and implement corrective actions

  • Monitor and discuss with team members quality metrics (KPIs), trends, procedure changes, corrective action status, Lesson Learned etc. on a regular basis

  • Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience. May lead small projects with low risks and resource requirements. Explains information; developing skills to bring team members to consensus around topics within field. Conveys performance expectations and may handle sensitive issues.

  • Oversee fulfillment of contractual and regulatory requirements to maximize profitability and customer satisfaction. Capture lessons learned to continually improve execution processes.

  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college in aviation sciences, quality systems, engineering, or related technical discipline (or a high school diploma / GED with at least 4 years of related quality experience in manufacturing, assembly, or test)

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in manufacturing, assembly or test


  • Ability and willingness to work off-shift hours when business needs dictate.

  • Ability and willingness to travel to and support operations at offsite locations as business needs dictate.

  • Ability and willingness to fly aboard an experimental aircraft including participate in development flight tests.

  • FAA Airframe and Powerplant License

Desired Characteristics:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead programs / projects.

  • Ability to document, plan, market, and execute programs.

  • Established project management skills.

  • Ability to guide, coach and influence others.

  • Experience with maintenance, repair and overhaul of Boeing commercial aircraft and GE/EA/CFM commercial turbofan engines

  • Experience with maintenance planning and maintaining technical records for an in-service commercial type-certificated Part 25 aircraft.

  • Five years of wide body aircraft maintenance experience as part of a Part 145 repair station or 121 operators.

  • Three years of experience as aircraft maintenance licensed (A&P) mechanic or inspector.

  • Three years of experience in the capacity of approving aircraft for return to service.

  • At least one year of experience as a supervisor or lead of aircraft maintenance.

  • Five years of diversified maintenance experience with large transport category aircraft. This experience may be with an air carrier, commercial operator, certified repair station, or other government agency.

  • Familiarity with aerospace test environment; prior flight test experience preferred.

  • Prior experience interfacing with FAA and knowledgeable about 14 CFR Part 91 Operations, 14 CFR Part 145 Repair Stations.

This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

Additional Information

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

As a federal government contractor, GE may in the future be required to have U.S. employees fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Some GE customers currently have vaccination mandates that may apply to GE employees.

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes