Manufacture / Repair

Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), also known as tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, is an arc welding process that uses a nonconsumable tungsten electrode to produce the weld.

Within the framework of the production process, manufacturing converts raw materials, components, or parts into finished goods that meet our customers' expectations or specifications in compliance with security norms and rules. It will be accountable for meeting deadlines and quality assurance. 

In specific cases of customer / production returns, supervise the products' reconditioning  as requested in the technical documentation concerning the product, while respecting the requirements of  the contractual deadline constraints. Ensure the repaired product's quality and their operational use. Transfer technical informations to the development section to analyse. 

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André Hans
Endoscopeur / Snecma 

"It's a fascinating job, with something new every day. Each inspection is different from the last one."


What is your job?
I'm a "test quality" technician, and mainly work on development engines. But as an expert in my field I may also be called on to support my colleagues on production engines. I inspect the inside of the engines, in inaccessible areas, using a rigid optical probe, or a flex-probe fitted with a camera.


What do you like most about your job?
It's a fascinating job, with something new every day. Each inspection is different from the last one, and you have to regularly find pathways – sometimes very complex – to be able to check out the condition of an inaccessible part, deep in the engine, and identify a problem. I really like the diversity. It's a sort of inquest, where both intuition and experience are very important, because you wind up by sensing where you have to go to find the problem, based on certain clues or symptoms.

I also like working in a team and the variety of contacts with all the people who call on us, whether design offices that want to assess wear on a part over time, the Safran technicians who are sent on-site to support customers, or the customers themselves.


Does your job entail a lot of travel?
I work on all types of engines, both commercial and military: the CFM56, the SaM146, for which I regularly travel to Rybinsk, in Russia, and also the TP400 for the Airbus A400M and the M88 that powers the Rafale… I also work on the M53 for the Mirage 2000; I even traveled very recently to the United Arab Emirates to train maintenance technicians working for the air force. When you like to see different countries and not get stuck in a routine, this is an ideal job!

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