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Maintenance Instructor – Cessna Series Aircraft

Spartan Air Academy Iraq, LLC Published: March 24, 2020
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Maintenance Instructor (Cessna Series Aircraft and Undergraduate Maintenance Training Program)

Location: Balad, Iraq
Department: Training
Reports to: Director, Maintenance Training FLSA
Status: Exempt

 Spartan Air Academy Iraq, LLC (“Spartan”) has been designated the sole source provider for and has been awarded the prime contract for a U.S.-Iraq Foreign Military Sale program. In this program, Spartan will establish, operate and sustain the Iraq Air Force (“IqAF”) Air Academy (the “Academy”) at a military site in Iraq. Spartan intends to develop and offer undergraduate maintenance and pilot and maintenance and pilot instructor courses, among other training activities. The Academy will train Iraqi Air Force student technicians and pilots in Phase 1 in Cessna 172 and 208 aircraft, with expansion in Phase 2 to include Beechcraft T-6A aircraft. The aim of the program is to develop the Academy to be self-sustaining under IqAF management.

The Cessna Series Aircraft Maintenance Instructor reports to the Director of Maintenance Training. This position provides instruction in the campus/base-level Cessna C172 and C208B aircraft maintenance training program, develops Cessna C172/C208B aircraft and undergraduate maintenance technician training curriculum, and conducts technical training classes within the assigned program, which enable Spartan Air Academy Iraq, LLC (“Company”) to meet United States Government (USG) contractual requirements, the current standards of accreditation (if applicable), applicable federal and state licensing as well as all national, state and local regulations.

The individual will also assist the Director of Maintenance Training with practical maintenance training, on-the-job (“OJT”) and quality assurance (“QA”) activities related to the Customer’s line maintenance unit and their daily maintenance operations.

Further, the individual will help lead the Academy’s undergraduate maintenance technician training program aka “pipeline training”. The instructor will assist with selection of appropriate curricula for each of five (5) courses, and help coordinate the planning for and procurement of associated maintenance training equipment. In addition, the position includes initial maintenance training activities to include but not be limited to coordinating maintenance training facilities layout and outfitting, training program final design and implementation, maintenance instructor cadre management; and all maintenance instructional activities.

In both roles, the individual will also assist the Site Manager with Phase 2 Contractor Logisitics Support (“CLS”) maintenance program planning and transition. These activities may include, but not be limited to, organizational design, personnel selection and training, equipment selection and integration, OJT curriculum design and development, and OJT implementation roadmap.

Maintenance instructors must be FAA, EASA or equivalent certified as an Airframe and Powerplant (“A&P”) or equivalent, or possess equivalent military certification and experience levels. Maintenance instructors must maintain high standards of training, maintenance practice discipline and personal conduct as they train IqAF student technicians in various courses offered by Spartan. In addition, Spartan personnel must have previous overseas military or civilian deployment experience, or demonstrate the ability to work in distant, challenging work and living conditions.

Maintenance instructors conduct technical training classes in both classroom (academic) and lab (hands-on) settings for students in assigned, approved curricula and programs. The instruction will be accomplished by performing duties and responsibilities listed below. Maintenance instructors will be required to hold FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P), National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT), or equivalent certification. In addition, Maintenance instructors are managers of student training portfolios with essential duties and responsibilities also listed below.

Primary Essential Duties and Responsibilities
 Develops, adapts and/or tailors Academy maintenance training curriculum, instructor guides, lesson plans and other courseware, as appropriate.

  • Conducts student record-keeping, testing and test records, utilizes student management system functions (e.g. attendance), inputs training data and performs limited training effectiveness analysis.
  • Lectures classes on various aviation academic, mechanics, electronics/avionics, regulatory, safety and other foundational aviation technician course topics.
  • Lecture classes on assigned Academy aircraft systems, normal operations and troubleshooting and repair procedures.
  • Lectures and provides training on all applicable safety aspects of the training program and Academy operations.
  • Directs and instructs curriculum-directed lab (hands-on) projects.
  • Conducts Technical English instruction that complements and integrates with the concurrent maintenance instruction, using classroom, lab, and on-aircraft and related aviation and other technical venues.
  • Assigns projects, observes students, grades projects and answers students' questions.
  • Administers written and practical examinations, accurately, maintains and completed grade and attendance reports.
  • Integrates assigned training equipment, maintenance or dual-use aircraft-related training devices, and other information technology as tailored for respective courses.
  • Addresses student academic and behavior issues at lowest level practical, applies applicable Academy policies, and coordinates, as necessary, with Site Manager and/or IqAF Air Academy staff and senior management to address more serious student issues.
  • Participates in assigned meetings, seminars, and training sessions to obtain information useful to the department and then integrates relevant information into lessons.

Other Duties
Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This position does may exercise any supervisory duties over one (1) maintenance instructor (QA), and may also be required to act as Subject Matter Expert and direct one or more other instructors on one or more areas of instruction. This position may be required to supervise IqAF instructors and/or train IqAF maintenance. The Instructor will ultimately supervise assigned IqAF maintenance technician students.

Knowledge and Skills 

  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: One or more of the following, as a minimum:
    • Aviation Maintenance Technician Instructor:
      • Current FAA, EASA or equivalent national civil aviation authority certification, or
      • Former US military equivalent, or
      • Other former military equivalent, and
      • FAA Inspection Authority (highly desired)
    • Aviation Electronics Technician Instructor
  • Current US National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies, EASA or equivalent national civil aviation authority certification, or
  • Former US military equivalent, or
  • Other military maintenance skilled specialty equivalent
  • Medical
    • Deployments:
      • No physical impairments preventing medium duration (normally 3 months, but up to 6 continuous months) deployments, nor any impairments preventing four 90-day rotations over a 15-month continuous period or longer, and
      • Must be able to sustain all prescription medications during deployments (normally 3 consecutive month periods, but up to 6 consecutive months), and
      • All scheduled medical inspections and procedures must occur during regularly schedule periods of leave, to include planned and scheduled full recuperation period(s) and any physical or other recovery therapy
    • Instructor Duties:
      • Must generally be able to sit, stand, kneel, bend over, twist to reach difficult to access aircraft or equipment locations, grab and effectively manipulate parts, tools, assemblies, switches, connections, so as to perform all maintenance manual hands-on tasks, and
      • Be able to stand for up to 50 minute durations up to 6 times per day during hands-on (lab) training
      • Must possess vision (natural or augmented) acuity sufficient to read 12 font written material, work with small aircraft parts, tools and equipment, and to visually inspect to maintenance manual standards in well-lit conditions (or with added illumination), and
      • Must be able to hear (naturally or augmented) sufficient to interact with students and staff, and assess aircraft operational sounds, aural signals or alarms
    • Workplace
      • Must possess skills to effectively work with and, as applicable, instruct, individuals and groups, whether co-workers or students, of varying cultural and religious backgrounds.
    • Language
      • Must be native English speaker (highly desired), or conversant in general and technical English language (minimum).
      • Speaks, reads and writes in Arabic language (desired).

Education and Work Experience 

  • Maintenance Instructor (Cessna 170/208 Series Aircraft)
    • Education:
      • Associate degree or equivalent in applicable curricula/specialty (desired), or
      • Professional military education (senior non-commissioned officer course (preferred) or non-commissioned officer course (desired), or
      • Experiential equivalent (assessed by scope and level of responsibility and extent of non-core work-related experiences), and
    • Experience:
      • Five years combined field maintenance management and institutional or field maintenance instructor experience (including Field Service Representative duties) with
        • Two years field maintenance experience (Cessna 172 or equivalent) (highly desired), and
        • One year field maintenance experience (Cessna 208 or equivalent) (highly desired), and
      • Two years institutional maintenance instructor experience (highly desired), or
      • Equivalent combination of education and experience, and,
      • Minimum one year experience as:
        • Curriculum Developer, or
        • International maintenance instructor (civilian or military)


  • International travel is required
  • Minimum 90 days continuous deployed travel is required at a rate of up to four occurrences per year
  • Approximately 21-30 days leave accrue and must be taken between deployed periods, unless otherwise agreed in writing
  • Up to 180 days/nights deployed may be required if mutually agreed with Spartan in certain circumstances
  • Job location is located at remote military base in Iraq with sufficient but limited life support functions. These include, as a general rule with minimal exceptions, single occupancy, air- conditioned lodging (except in rare or emergency cases), private bathroom facilities, 3 meals and refreshments per day in Academy dining facility, highspeed internet access, laundry services, on-site transportation, limited recreation facilities and services, and multiple layers of base and site security
  • Periodic (monthly, as a goal) rest and recuperation (“R&R”) off-site (generally outside of Iraq) trips (except at end of rotation) will be scheduled and offered by Spartan, as approved by the US Government. R&R travel is not compulsory.
  • Duties may require air travel to off-site Iraq governmental facilities for Academy meetings.
  • Air travel conveyance within Iraq may be by IqAF-piloted IqAF transport aircraft.
  • Ground travel in Iraq outside of military bases or Baghdad “Green Zone” for rotational, R&R, official business or leisure travel will not be permitted except in emergency situations.
  • Iraq holidays, IqAF operating schedules and other Academy schedule requirements may require weekend and/or early/late shift training hours.

Physical Demands

    • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
    • The deployed location has extended (4-5 months) of daily extreme high ambient temperatures (120+ degrees F), and requires very good physical condition and stamina
  • Assistant Director Duties:
    • This position requires a person to stand or sit for a prolonged period, lift and carry up to 50 pounds as well as have manual dexterity and vision sufficient to type class materials/curriculum, student assessments, and other correspondence.
  • Maintenance Instructor Duties:
    • This position, in addition to all above Physical demands, requires sufficient reasoning, hand and finger dexterity and vision to conduct hands-on troubleshooting, repairing and operating general aviation category aircraft systems, subsystems and components in a ground-only environment. The work environment will be a mix of indoor classroom and covered/uncovered, outdoor maintenance hangar activities. In addition, this position requires long periods of standing during laboratory and classroom instruction. Further, this position requires full physical mobility to work on a wide array of mechanical and electrical equipment, and requires heavy lifting, turning wrenches, aligning and twisting components, tools and fasteners, using 5-20# tools, reading electrical measurements, and identifying certain noise and vibration anomalies in engines and airframes.
  • This position, in general, also requires a person to listen, speak, write and understand the English language, and be able to convey theory and practical application to non-native English speaking students in the English language.

AAP/EEO Statement

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