Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME) Update

In May 2018, the FAA issued FAA Order 8000.95 CHG 4 Designee Management Policy.  This order is a comprehensive publication establishing policy and procedures for managing all aspects of certain representatives of the Administrator including selection, appointment, orientation, training, oversight, suspension, and termination.


This order establishes policy for integrated designee management and the use of the Designee Management System (DMS), which is a web-based tool designed to standardize the management of designees.  All FAA designees have been integrated into the new DMS web-based program.


DMS web-based program that collects, store and process data and information associated with designees and the designee management processes in accordance with FAA recordkeeping requirements. DMS may utilize information from other FAA systems where appropriate and other FAA systems may utilize information from DMS where appropriate.


What the DMS program does is add addition man hours to each DME certification of mechanics to upload all of the applicant’s data and FAA documents to receive an approval number to begin testing.  Without the FAA approval number DMEs cannot test A&P applicants.  The DMS program has two parts one to upload the applicant initial information before testing and again after testing is completed to close on the certification package before sending the package to the local FSDO.


All designees will be required to use the DMEs program not only DMEs but DER, DAR/DARTs, DPEs and so forth.  DMS is part of the new program for the FAA to go paperless for airman testing such as what pilot are currently doing.


In the near future the mechanic FAA form 8610-2 will be paperless as well and all applicants will have to apply online for an individual certification number like pilots do now.  However, airman records database is not set up for mechanic to use this program yet so we will continue to use the same procedures and paperwork until the changeover happens.


Order 8000.95 CHG 4 Volume 5 covers all DME, DPRE, AND DAR-T designee policy.  For DAR-T their function codes are listed in this chapter.  The DME will be issued with at least one of the following privileges:

(1)    Airframe (A). Authorized to conduct aviation mechanic airframe rating oral and practical tests and the general oral and practical test, when required.

(2)    Powerplant (P). Authorized to conduct aviation mechanic powerplant rating oral and practical tests and the general oral and practical test, when required.

(3)    Airframe and Powerplant (A&P). Authorized to conduct aviation mechanic A&P ratings oral and practical tests and the general oral and practical test, when required.


If you are an A&P applicant you should ask to see your DMEs Certificate Letter of Authority (CLOA) that will list their privileges as indicated above.


General Responsibilities.

(1)    Provide FAA testing and certification activities without prejudice or discrimination in a fair and unbiased manner.

(2)    Maintain a high level of knowledge, skill, and expertise commensurate with authorizations.

(3)    Charge no more than a reasonable fee for services.

(4)    Keep abreast of current aviation trends and technologies.

(5)    Serve as a willing resource to the aviation community on matters of FAA airman certification regulations and policy.

(6)    Set a high standard of airmanship and safety through personal example.

(7)    Exercise diligence and care in the preparation of airman certification documentation and files.

(8)    Always represent the FAA and its workforce to the public in a positive manner.


DME Limitations

·         Conduct tests at locations not listed on the current CLOA held by the designee, unless authorized by the managing office.  This means on the DME CLOA it will list the address where the DME must provide the tests.


·         If a designee wants to administer tests outside the geographical area of the managing Flight Standards office or International Field Office (IFO), the designee must receive authorization from the managing Flight Standards office or IFO, as well as from the receiving office.


Note: This does not apply to aviation mechanic applicants authorized to test in accordance with 14 CFR § 65.80 or master parachute rigger applicants that hold a senior certificate.


·         Conduct oral and practical tests at the base of operation that appears on the designee’s CLOA unless the location is adequately equipped with available equipment and material necessary for conducting the tests, and permission is granted by the managing office through DMS. (Order 8900.95 does have a minimum list of tools and equipment the DME must have to test.


·         Conduct oral and practical tests to applicants who have been authorized to test by an office other than the designee’s managing office, unless:

(a) The designee reports the request for testing to his/her managing FSDO or IFO; and

(b) The designee receives written permission, via DMS, before conducting the test. The designee may be issued continuing authorization to perform these tests.


One of the major changes is the DME submits the request to test in the DMS system and the FAA has up to 7-days to approve this request.  So the days of contacting a DME and testing the following day are all but gone under the new DMS program.


Also DMEs can only test one applicant at time and must download an individual planning sheet for each applicant.  The FAA will pick the oral questions and practical projects for each applicant the DME will administer.

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