Aircraft Teardown Lead

West Star Aviation
 East Alton, IL


This hourly, non-exempt position is for leading an aircraft teardown process. The duties include the responsibility to supervise a team and direct project flow. In addition this position requires extensive leadership and technical knowledge of engine and aircraft systems, including the ability to troubleshoot, in the areas of hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical systems. This position also oversees the inspection of aircraft and mechanical systems. Evaluate the components and determine if they are acceptable to be tagged, need sent out for repair, or placed in inventory for later use depending on quantity in stock. Also, be required to determine the market pricing on these components. Interface with customers on pricing and interchangeability of components. Job duties will vary each day and will encompass projects as coordinated with the Director. Will be required to work independently.


· Customarily and regularly direct the work of at least two other employees in daily work and project management for completion of projects. This responsibility includes the requirement to give suggestions and recommendations about the hiring, termination, advancement, promotion or any other change of status regarding employees that this position supervises.

· Supervise a team and direct projects on teardown aircraft and related systems. This shall include but not be limited to the responsibility to supervise a team in removing components.

· Troubleshooting and evaluation of systems on the aircraft as needed.

· Oversee inspection and evaluation of the aircraft and components as needed.

· Oversee the movement of aircraft, performance runs and taxiing.

· Supervise the maintenance and repair of shop facility, equipment and tooling.

· Work independently on projects and lead multiple projects.

· Work with customers in project management, pricing and customer support roles.

· Develop and assist with sales and quotes for assigned aircraft.

· Any other job-related duties as assigned by supervisor or management.



High school diploma or equivalent.

Airframe and Power plant License.

Aircraft specific factory training preferred.


Airframe and Power plant license minimum.

12 - 15 years prior experience on aircraft maintenance.

12 - 15 years turbine aircraft experience.

Experience with contacting FSDO to obtain ferry permit.

Experience with records research of airframe, engine and APU logbooks, 8130-3,etc.

Experience with accessing and utilizing all airframe and engine OEM manuals

Experience in supervision of four or more team members.

FAA paperwork, work order and billing process experience.

Customer contact experience preferred.


Self-motivated and able to maintain a rapid pace.

Process work with minimum supervision.

Lead and provide incentive to other team members.

Deal directly with customers, including with areas of conflict.


Attend work every day as scheduled to include overtime and weekend assignments.

Notify supervisor in advance of shift starting if unable to work.

Must have reliable transportation to get to work each and every day.

Perform all work in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.

Follow all company and safety rules during performance of duties.

Maintain customer-oriented work habits.

Direct the work and flow of multiple projects.

Supervise team members in daily operations and duties.

Completion of work orders, FAA paperwork and billing items.

Develop, supervise and grow maintenance program on particular models.

Understand and implement regulations and guidelines.

Troubleshoot and evaluate system operations.

Work with others in a professional manner.

Coordinate projects through strong team management skills.


Other technicians in turbine service or other departments.

Team Leader of other teams assigned to project.