Aircraft Mechanics & Service Technicians

Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians repair and maintain aircraft, aircraft engines, and aircraft components
Aircraft Maintenance
Have you always had a knack for fixing things? How would you like to learn how to work on the most sophisticated machines in the world?
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Learn a recession-proof skill, Work with the most sophisticated equipment in the world, Work in public or private sectors

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Aircraft Maintenance Tech), Aircraft Mechanic, Aircraft Restorer, Aircraft Technician, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A and P Mechanic), Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), Aviation Mechanic, Helicopter Mechanic
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Aircraft Maintenance Tech), Aircraft Mechanic, Aircraft Restorer, Aircraft Technician, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A and P Mechanic), Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), Aviation Mechanic, Helicopter Mechanic
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Your Typical Day:

  • Examine and inspect aircraft components, including landing gear, hydraulic systems, and deicers to locate cracks, breaks, leaks, or other problems.
  • Conduct routine and special inspections as required by regulations.
  • Inspect completed work to certify that maintenance meets standards and that aircraft are ready for operation.
  • Read and interpret maintenance manuals, service bulletins, and other specifications to determine the feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components.
  • Maintain repair logs, documenting all preventive and corrective aircraft maintenance.
  • Modify aircraft structures, space vehicles, systems, or components, following drawings, schematics, charts, engineering orders, and technical publications.
  • Inspect airframes for wear or other defects.
  • Measure parts for wear, using precision instruments.
  • Obtain fuel and oil samples and check them for contamination.
  • Maintain, repair, and rebuild aircraft structures, functional components, and parts, such as wings and fuselage, rigging, hydraulic units, oxygen systems, fuel systems, electrical systems, gaskets, or seals.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems.
  • Interpret blueprints, specifications, or diagrams to inform installation, development or operation activities.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper functioning.
  • Maintain repair or maintenance records.
  • Read technical information needed to perform maintenance or repairs.
  • Inspect structural components of vehicles to identify problems.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Test fluids to identify contamination or other problems.
  • Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 93/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 68/100

  • Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 60/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 57/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 55/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 53/100

  • Transportation

Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. 49/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 48/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 48/100

  • Physics

Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes. 48/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Integrated maintenance information systems
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts
  • Metal cutters
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wearable computing devices
  • Power drills
  • Lifts
  • Ground power units for aircraft
  • Cold chisels
  • Rivet tools
  • Diagonal cut pliers
  • Specialty wrenches
  • Locking pliers
  • Portable data input terminals
  • Voltage or current meters
  • Stripping tools
  • Hex keys
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge
  • Mill saw file
  • Wire twister
  • Pneumatic impact wrenches
  • Rectifiers
  • Manlift or personnel lift
  • Tape measures
  • Drill press or radial drill
  • Wire cutters
  • Nibblers
  • Calipers
  • Welder torch
  • Speed sensors
  • Manual press brake
  • Hammers
  • Acoustic ear muffs or defenders
  • Jacks
  • Hold down clamps
  • Circuit tester
  • Scribers
  • Pressure indicators
  • Notebook computers
  • Soldering iron
  • Socket sets
  • Magnetic particle examination equipment
  • Compasses
  • Squares
  • Slip or groove joint pliers
  • Touch pads
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe
  • Hand trucks or accessories
  • Pull spring balances
  • Sockets
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment
  • Goggles
  • Inspection mirror
  • Vibration testers
  • Pneumatic drill
  • Box end wrenches
  • Target or reconnaissance drones
  • Power riveter
  • Calibrated resistance measuring equipment
  • Drill bit set
  • Shears
  • Ball peen hammer
  • Borescope inspection equipment
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Microprocessors
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
  • Alignment jig
  • End cut pliers
  • Digital testers
  • X ray radiography examination equipment
  • Wire lug crimping tool
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver
  • Cable splicing kits
  • Magnetic tools
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine
  • Aircraft pushback or tow tractors
  • Screw extractors
  • Tinners snips
  • Go or no go gauge
  • Bastard cut file
  • Hacksaw
  • Multimeters
  • Ladders
  • Micrometers
  • Mallets
  • Air compressors
  • Putty knives
  • Ammeters
  • Ratchets
  • Ohmmeters
  • Respirators
  • Scaffolding
  • Hoists
  • Safety glasses
  • Hand clamps
  • Utility knives
  • Forklifts
  • Combination wrenches
  • Pyrometers
  • Rulers
  • Power grinders
  • Laser printers
  • Torque wrenches
  • Open end wrenches
  • Desktop computers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Scales
  • Feeler gauges
  • Heat guns
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Personal computers
  • Paint sprayers
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Tablet computers
  • Templates
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