FAA Approved Heat Treating

Aluminum Heat Treating Mar 30, 2020

To maintain the highest standards of safety for the aerospace industry, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) require drug and alcohol testing for all personnel involved in aircraft maintenance, preventative maintenance, rebuilding and alteration. This presents a challenge for air carriers and air repair stations that contract out safety-sensitive responsibilities like heat treatment of commercial and military aircraft parts. All contractors and subcontractors in the aerospace industry must actively participate in an FAA-approved drug and alcohol testing program to meet FAA standards.

Meeting Standards: 49 CFR Part 40 & 14 CFR Part 120

The DOT and FAA regulations (49 CFR § 40 and 14 CFR § 120) require structured and federally-certified drug and alcohol testing programs for all safety-sensitive transportation personnel in aviation, including subcontractors at any tier who perform maintenance and preventative maintenance. According to §1.1 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, this includes all personnel who perform “inspection, overhaul, repair, preservation and the replacement of parts.”

In following these guidelines, employees, contractors and subcontractors at every tier who handle aircraft parts must

undergo a pre-employment drug test;
receive information and training on the effects and consequences of drug abuse and alcohol misuse from trained supervisors throughout employment; and,
participate in annual random drug and alcohol testing.

This program is crucial to maintaining the safety of our skies, but air carriers and FAA-certified repair stations often find it difficult to find qualified contractors that sustain a certified testing program. Adding contractors to their existing prevention program can be expensive, or even impossible due to distance, not to mention the highly specialized nature of aerospace manufacturing and repair.

Exceeding FAA Standards at Jones Metal Products

There are more than 4,000 air repair stations in the United States that rely on suppliers of metal replacement parts to meet these standards, but very few of them have the heat treating and hydroforming capabilities that are essential for quality aerospace parts. That’s where Jones Metal Products comes in.

Our state of the art in-house heat treating department has been a go-to source for heat treating in the aerospace industry because we meet and exceed the expectations set by the FAA and DOT for aircraft maintenance and safety. We are registered with an FAA-approved drug and alcohol testing program and our heat treating services are certified with both 14 CFR 120 and 49 CFR 40 compliance. We have both heat treatment and metal hydroforming processes in-house to help air repair stations save on costs, development and delivery times.

In the process of serving our customers, we’ve earned additional certifications and registrations and gained aluminum heating approvals from Goodrich, Gentz, Lockheed Martin and Honeywell Grimes. Our vacuum heat treating operations, meanwhile, have earned approvals from Rolls Royce (certification), Arde, Berkshire, Barnes, Goodrich, Honeywell Grimes and Doncaster (Meco and GCE).

Aerospace Heat Treating Services

To learn more about our services, explore our aluminum heat treating and vacuum heat treating capabilities.

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