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Occupation Profile for Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

 
 
 

 
 
Overview
$47,740.00 Median Annual Wage 3,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
2.6 Average Unemployment Percentage 32.9 Percentage That Completed High School
122,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 56.6 Percentage That Had Some College
135,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 10.5 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Aircraft Engine Technician
Aircraft Maintenance Director
Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor
Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Aircraft Mechanic
Aircraft Restorer
Aircraft Technician
Aircraft Worker
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A and P Mechanic)
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Apprentice
Airline Mechanic
Airplane Rigger
Airplane Technician
Airplane Tester
Apprentice, Airplane Mechanic
Aviation Maintenance Technician
Aviation Mechanic
Burnisher and Bumper
Carburetor Expert
Carburetor Specialist
Developer Prover, Mechanical
Engine Installer
Engineman
Experimental Aircraft Mechanic
Experimental Rocketsled Mechanic
Fuel System Maintenance Worker
Helicopter Mechanic
Jet Aircraft Servicer
Jet Engine Mechanic
Magneto Electrician
Mechanic, Air Conditioning, Aircraft
Mechanic, Aircraft Accessories
Mechanic, Aircraft Cylinder
Mechanic, Aircraft Engine
Mechanic, Aircraft Magneto
Mechanic, Aircraft Rigging and Controls
Mechanic, Aircraft Structure
Mechanic, Aircraft, Heat and Vent
Mechanic, Airframe
Mechanic, Airplane
Mechanic, Dinkey Engine
Mechanic, Engine, Aircraft
Mechanic, Flight Test
Mechanic, Flight Test Shop
Mechanic, Hydraulic
Mechanic, Ignition
Mechanic, Jet
Mechanic, Landing Gear
Mechanic, Launching Pad
Mechanic, Missile
Mechanic, Motor, Aircraft
Mechanic, Pre Flight
Mechanic, Propeller
Mechanic, Rocket Engine
Mechanic, Structure, Aircraft
Mechanic, Supercharger
Metal Fabricator
Pneudraulic Systems Mechanic
Power Plant Installer
Repairer, Aviation Support Equipment
Rocket Engine Component Mechanic
Rotor Blade Installer
Steel Fabricator, Aircraft
Technician, Airframe
Trouble Shooter
Vacuum System Tester
X Ray Examiner of Aircraft

Related Occupations

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Knowledge
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • 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.
Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Abilities
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Tasks
  • Supplemental — Check for corrosion, distortion, and invisible cracks in the fuselage, wings, and tail, using x-ray and magnetic inspection equipment.
  • Core — 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.
  • Core — Measure parts for wear, using precision instruments.
  • Supplemental — Disassemble engines and inspect parts, such as turbine blades and cylinders, for corrosion, wear, warping, cracks, and leaks, using precision measuring instruments, x-rays, and magnetic inspection equipment.
  • Core — Remove or install aircraft engines, using hoists or forklift trucks.
Activities
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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