Kobe to host first aircraft parts inspectors license exam in Japan
Late December last year in Kobe, the Ministry of Industry conducted the first licensing examination for non-destructive inspections of aircraft engineers in Japan according to knowledgeable sources.
The ministry aims to make it simpler for engineers in small companies to learn specialized skills to help the aircraft components industry grow further, the sources said.
Non-destructive testing is a research procedure for assessing a part’s structure and inside conditions without removing it and using non-invasive techniques, such as magnetism.
The proposed review for the U.S. based aircraft parts industry in Japanese, in collaboration with a third party agency, will be performed by the Hyogo Prefectural Institute of Technology according to the reports.
The Department wants a couple hundred people to take the exam with plans to do the study once or twice a year in the future.
Big aircraft manufacturers like Boeing Co. also involve non-destructive testing in the purchasing of parts and components. But no qualification examination was conducted by a third party organisation in Japan for aircraft parts manufacturers, so small business engineers needed to take English tests in English, in England, or the United States, or take internal examinations at major Japanese heavy machine manufacturers.
The Ministry of Industry expects the Japanese-language review would relieve the pressure on local companies to develop human resources and to raise order receipts for large U.S. and European aircraft manufacturers.
In the aircraft industry throughout Japan, total sales contributed to about ¥1.8 trillion in 2018. The Ministry is working towards mediating agreements between Japanese companies and Boeing with a view to raising the figure to ¥3 trillion by 2030.