Some Federal Aviation Administration inspectors assigned to check airplane maintenance and electrical systems have not been trained, the Transportation Department’s inspector general says in a report.
The inspector general found some employees took no training courses before they joined the agency or after they were hired.
And workers who had been trained may not have taken additional courses to learn about changes in the systems they were inspecting.
“With rapid changes in technology, inspectors’ effectiveness is diminished without current training in the aircraft they are assigned to inspect,” reported Lawrence H. Weintrob, assistant inspector general for auditing.
The inspector general said there should be specific training requirements for inspectors.
FAA spokeswoman Kathryn Creedy said Wednesday that the agency agreed with the recommendations and would have a new training program by the end of 1998. The FAA also created a course to teach inspectors about new systems and offered it in a number of places across the country, she said.
The inspector general looked at the training given to 39 inspectors at two FAA sites. Of the 39 inspectors, 15 had not taken a training course since joining the agency, and seven had never had any training at all on the systems they were examining. In addition, 16 of the 39 did not take any training courses in maintenance or electrical systems during the last three years.
The inspector general’s audit, completed this month, was the second recent report critical of the FAA.