Airplane mechanics must have extensive knowledge of airplanes, how they operate, and how to keep them functioning properly and safely for staff and passengers. The importance of this position cannot be overstated, as thousands of people ride airplanes every day and it is crucial that these planes are in optimal condition at all times.
Airplane mechanics are tasked with inspecting, maintaining, and repairing aircraft carriers and their structural, mechanical, and electrical elements. These mechanics may work with pilots and co-pilots, but mostly work with other mechanics in groups, and they may use tools such as computers, diagnostic devices, and hand and mechanical tools to keep aircraft working in proper order.
Aspiring airplane mechanics should have at least a two-year degree in mechanics and avionics and certification by the FAA. Hours in this position can vary greatly, as airplanes are flying at all hours of the day and night, and mechanics may be needed early in the morning or late at night. Most airplane mechanics work less than forty hours per week to prevent fatigue, and the job expectancy outlook is expected to increase 5% in upcoming years.
Airplane Mechanic Tasks
Perform preventative, regularly scheduled, and unexpected maintenance on aircraft.
Service aircraft according to all FAA regulations.
Document inspection and test results and maintain a repair log.
Inspect aircraft integrity and perform post-maintenance tests.