Projected Growth: Slower than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Includes helicopter and aircraft engine specialists.
Common job titles of Aircraft Mechanics include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
60.33% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
24.8% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
Read and interpret maintenance manuals, service bulletins, and other specifications to determine the feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components.
Replace or repair worn, defective, or damaged components, using hand tools, gauges, and testing equipment.
Inspect airframes for wear or other defects.
Inspect completed work to certify that maintenance meets standards and that aircraft are ready for operation.
Inventory and requisition or order supplies, parts, materials, and equipment.
Communicate with other workers to coordinate fitting and alignment of heavy parts, or to facilitate processing of repair parts.
Check for corrosion, distortion, and invisible cracks in the fuselage, wings, and tail, using x-ray and magnetic inspection equipment.
Spread plastic film over areas to be repaired to prevent damage to surrounding areas.
Clean engines, sediment bulk and screens, and carburetors, adjusting carburetor float levels.
Clean, refuel, and change oil in line service aircraft.
Examine engines through specially designed openings while working from ladders or scaffolds, or use hoists or lifts to remove the entire engine from an aircraft.
Service and maintain aircraft and related apparatus by performing activities such as flushing crankcases, cleaning screens, and or moving parts.
Install and align repaired or replacement parts for subsequent riveting or welding, using clamps and wrenches.
Read and interpret pilots' descriptions of problems to diagnose causes.
Obtain fuel and oil samples and check them for contamination.
Test operation of engines and other systems, using test equipment, such as ignition analyzers, compression checkers, distributor timers, or ammeters.
Measure parts for wear, using precision instruments.
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.
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.
Maintain repair logs, documenting all preventive and corrective aircraft maintenance.
Listen to operating engines to detect and diagnose malfunctions, such as sticking or burned valves.
Cure bonded structures, using portable or stationary curing equipment.
Disassemble engines and inspect parts, such as turbine blades or cylinders, for corrosion, wear, warping, cracks, and leaks, using precision measuring instruments, x-rays, and magnetic inspection equipment.
Prepare and paint aircraft surfaces.
Trim and shape replacement body sections to specified sizes and fits and secure sections in place, using adhesives, hand tools, and power tools.
Remove or cut out defective parts or drill holes to gain access to internal defects or damage, using drills and punches.
Fabricate defective sections or parts, using metal fabricating machines, saws, brakes, shears, and grinders.
Clean, strip, prime, and sand structural surfaces and materials to prepare them for bonding.
Locate and mark dimensions and reference lines on defective or replacement parts, using templates, scribes, compasses, and steel rules.
Modify aircraft structures, space vehicles, systems, or components, following drawings, schematics, charts, engineering orders, and technical publications.
Assemble and install electrical, plumbing, mechanical, hydraulic, and structural components and accessories, using hand or power tools.
Measure the tension of control cables.
Remove, inspect, repair, and install in-flight refueling stores and external fuel tanks.
Accompany aircraft on flights to make in-flight adjustments and corrections.
Remove or install aircraft engines, using hoists or forklift trucks.
Reassemble engines following repair or inspection and reinstall engines in aircraft.
Determine repair limits for engine hot section parts.
X ray inspection equipment
Wire cutting tools
Wearable point and click devices
Wearable data input systemsAll Tools
Vise grip pliers
Unmanned aerial vehicles UAV
Ultrasonic inspection equipment
Straight cut aviation snips
Spring balance scales
Socket wrench sets
Slip joint pliers
Single-cut mill saw files
Shielded arc welding tools
Sheet metal breakers
Screw extractor sets
Safety wire pliers
S.M.A.R.T aircraft maintenance tracking
Reversible safety wire pliers
Portable maintenance aids mobile computing devices
Portable maintenance access terminals
Plastic tip hammers
Phillips head screwdrivers
Open end wrenches
Offset right aviation snips
Offset left aviation snips
Maintenance planning systems
Maintenance and engineering information systems
Magnetic pickup tools
Magnetic inspection equipment
Machinists’ double point scribers
LTB/400 maintenance management system
Internal power units
Integrated maintenance and inventory systems
Ignition wrench sets
Global positioning system GPS devices
Flat blade screwdrivers
External power units
Electrical current meters
Duck bill pliers
Drill bit sets
Digital diagnostic equipment
Diagonal cutting pliers
Compound leverage snips
Channel lock pliers
Cable splicing knives
Ball peen hammers
Aviation spark plug sockets
Aircraft test stands
Aircraft maintenance management systems
Aircraft lifting jacks
Acetylene welding equipment
Access Software AIRPAX
Computerized aircraft log manager CALM
Engine analysis software
Maintenance information databasesAll Technologies
Maintenance planning software
Maintenance record software
Mxi Technologies Maintenix
Supply system software
Technical manual database software
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Teaching others how to do something.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
Precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Finger Dexterity
Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Control Movement Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Control Precision
Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Manual Dexterity
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.