Aircraft mechanics typically work closely with other aircraft staff to keep them informed of a given plane's status. They often perform repairs on aircraft that have been damaged during flight, as well as general maintenance depending on what a plane may need. They also keep an eye on parts which are known to break easily, and generally maintain the aircraft's electrical, mechanical and structural integrity.
Aircraft mechanics also use numerous devices which measure how well the aircraft can fly in its current state, as well as a large number of hand tools for physical repairs. The education requirements consist primarily of certification to work on aircraft from an FAA-certified aviation maintenance tech school, and the training generally lasts about two years. Such schools also offer degrees in Avionics, Aviation Technology and Aviation Maintenance. These degrees serve extremely well in order to pursue employment field, though they are not necessarily required. A Bachelor's degree in any of these fields would also be beneficial.
Aircraft mechanics must be able to climb on and under airplanes in order to fix wiring and other damage, and must not fear heights. They must have great attention to detail and be able to work on multiple tasks at the same time. They must also have extreme technical skills and exceptional memory to remember even the smallest details about particular planes. Their work hours are generally normal, and consist of eight to ten hours per shift.
Mechanic Aircraft Tasks
Maintain, repair, and rebuild aircraft structures, functional components, and parts.
Maintain repair logs, documenting all preventive and corrective aircraft maintenance.
Perform preflight, thru-flight, and post-flight maintenance inspections.
Examine and inspect aircraft components to locate problems.
Read and interpret maintenance manuals, service bulletins, technical data, engineering data, and other specifications.