Aviation maintenance technicians work primarily for airlines and aircraft repair companies and work with a variety of mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and electrical components. Careful preventive and predictive maintenance must be carried out periodically, and it's important to ensure that calibration and other test equipment is working properly. Potential hazards should also be identified and resolved, and flight conditions are occasionally simulated when testing equipment.
Aircraft must only be released in airworthy condition, so attention to detail and a strong regard for safety are essential for this position. Aviation maintenance technicians also set up various electrical and mechanical items within an aircraft and must keep clear and detailed records so that other technicians and personnel are properly informed. Strong teamwork skills are important in order to work in a collaborative manner, and good manual dexterity is necessary to crawl, stoop, crouch, and kneel. They must also be able to read blueprints and other drawings and contribute to updates on these documents whenever necessary.
Aviation maintenance technicians usually complete FAA-approved training and obtain an associate's degree or higher, and an airframe and powerplant certification may also be required, which can be obtained through testing and internships. This work may be done in a hangar that is noisy and not temperature-controlled or in the outdoors, so it's also important to be able to tolerate these uncomfortable work conditions.
Aviation Maintenance Technician Tasks
Document maintenance, repairs, and status changes as directed by the FAA.
Assess all aspects of aircraft and equipment for airworthiness and FAA compliance.
Inspect, maintain, repair, and replace equipment and technical apparatus of aircraft.
Perform general cleaning and upkeep of hangar, equipment, and tools.