Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
SOC: 49-3011.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
119,900 employed

Projected (2024):
121,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

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


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    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.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Read and interpret maintenance manuals, service bulletins, and other specifications to determine the feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components.
  • Inspect completed work to certify that maintenance meets standards and that aircraft are ready for operation.
  • Maintain repair logs, documenting all preventive and corrective aircraft maintenance.
  • Conduct routine and special inspections as required by regulations.
  • Examine and inspect aircraft components, including landing gear, hydraulic systems, and deicers to locate cracks, breaks, leaks, or other problems.
  • Inspect airframes for wear or other defects.
  • 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, and seals.
  • Measure the tension of control cables.
  • Replace or repair worn, defective, or damaged components, using hand tools, gauges, and testing equipment.
  • Measure parts for wear, using precision instruments.
  • Assemble and install electrical, plumbing, mechanical, hydraulic, and structural components and accessories, using hand or power tools.
  • Test operation of engines and other systems, using test equipment such as ignition analyzers, compression checkers, distributor timers, and ammeters.
  • Obtain fuel and oil samples and check them for contamination.
  • Reassemble engines following repair or inspection and reinstall engines in aircraft.
  • Read and interpret pilots' descriptions of problems to diagnose causes.
  • Modify aircraft structures, space vehicles, systems, or components, following drawings, schematics, charts, engineering orders, and technical publications.
  • Install and align repaired or replacement parts for subsequent riveting or welding, using clamps and wrenches.
  • Locate and mark dimensions and reference lines on defective or replacement parts, using templates, scribes, compasses, and steel rules.
  • Clean, strip, prime, and sand structural surfaces and materials to prepare them for bonding.
  • Service and maintain aircraft and related apparatus by performing activities such as flushing crankcases, cleaning screens, and lubricating moving parts.
  • 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.
  • Remove or install aircraft engines, using hoists or forklift trucks.
  • Inventory and requisition or order supplies, parts, materials, and equipment.
  • Fabricate defective sections or parts, using metal fabricating machines, saws, brakes, shears, and grinders.
  • Remove or cut out defective parts or drill holes to gain access to internal defects or damage, using drills and punches.
  • Clean, refuel, and change oil in line service aircraft.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate fitting and alignment of heavy parts, or to facilitate processing of repair parts.
  • Trim and shape replacement body sections to specified sizes and fits and secure sections in place, using adhesives, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Clean engines, sediment bulk and screens, and carburetors, adjusting carburetor float levels.
  • Prepare and paint aircraft surfaces.
  • Spread plastic film over areas to be repaired to prevent damage to surrounding areas.
  • Check for corrosion, distortion, and invisible cracks in the fuselage, wings, and tail, using x-ray and magnetic inspection equipment.
  • 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.
  • Determine repair limits for engine hot section parts.
  • Cure bonded structures, using portable or stationary curing equipment.
  • Listen to operating engines to detect and diagnose malfunctions such as sticking or burned valves.
  • Accompany aircraft on flights to make in-flight adjustments and corrections.
  • Remove, inspect, repair, and install in-flight refueling stores and external fuel tanks.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Acetylene welding equipment
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Air drills
  • Aircraft lifting jacks
  • Aircraft maintenance management systems
  • Aircraft test stands
  • Aligning jigs
  • Allen wrenches
  • Ammeters
  • Aviation spark plug sockets
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Bastard files
  • Borescopes
  • Brakes
  • Brass punches
  • Brazing equipment
  • Bucking bars
  • Cable splicing knives
  • Calipers
  • Center punches
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Cleco pliers
  • Cold chisels
  • Combination squares
  • Combination wrenches
  • Compasses
  • Compound leverage snips
  • Continuity meters
  • Cordless drills
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Dial indicators
  • Digital diagnostic equipment
  • Dividers
  • Drill bit sets
  • Drill presses
  • Duck bill pliers
  • Electric drills
  • Electrical current meters
  • End cutters
  • End wrenches
  • External power units
  • Feeler gauges
  • Flat blade screwdrivers
  • Flat chisels
  • Forklifts
  • Go/no-go gauges
  • Hacksaws
  • Hammers
  • Hand clamps
  • Hand drills
  • Hand nibblers
  • Hand trucks
  • Handheld computers
  • Hearing protectors
  • Heat guns
  • Hoists
  • Ignition analyzers
  • Ignition wrench sets
  • Inspection mirrors
  • Integrated maintenance and inventory systems
  • Internal power units
  • Ladders
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser printers
  • Lathes
  • LTB/400 maintenance management system
  • Machinists' double point scribers
  • Magnetic inspection equipment
  • Magnetic pickup tools
  • Maintenance and engineering information systems
  • Maintenance planning systems
  • Mallets
  • Manlifts
  • Measuring tapes
  • Mechanical lifts
  • Micrometers
  • Multimeters
  • MxManager
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Offset left aviation snips
  • Offset right aviation snips
  • Ohmmeters
  • Open end wrenches
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Paint sprayers
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pin punches
  • Plastic tip hammers
  • Pneumatic riveters
  • Pneumatic wrenches
  • Portable maintenance access terminals
  • Portable maintenance aids mobile computing devices
  • Portable rectifiers
  • Power grinders
  • Power lifts
  • Power shears
  • Pressure gauges
  • Putty knives
  • Pyrometers
  • Ratcheting screwdrivers
  • Ratchets
  • Resistance meters
  • Respirators
  • Reversible safety wire pliers
  • Rivet guns
  • Rulers
  • S.M.A.R.T aircraft maintenance tracking
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety wire pliers
  • Scaffolding
  • Scales
  • Screw extractor sets
  • Scribers
  • Sheet metal breakers
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Soldering equipment
  • Speed wrenches
  • Spring balance scales
  • Squares
  • Straight chisels
  • Straight cut aviation snips
  • Tablet computers
  • Taper punches
  • Templates
  • Timing lights
  • Torque wrenches
  • Touch screens
  • Tow vehicles
  • Ultrasonic inspection equipment
  • Utility knives
  • Vernier calipers
  • Vibration analyzers
  • Vise grip pliers
  • Voltmeters
  • Wearable computers
  • Wearable data input systems
  • Wearable point and click devices
  • Welding goggles
  • Wire crimpers
  • Wire cutting tools
  • Wire strippers
  • X ray inspection equipment
  • Access Software AIRPAX
  • CaseBank SpotLight
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Computerized aircraft log manager CALM software
  • CynapSys Virtual DER
  • DatcoMedia Ebis
  • Engine analysis software
  • Maintenance information databases
  • Maintenance planning software
  • Maintenance record software
  • Metis Systems MainTrack
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Mxi Technologies Maintenix
  • Pentagon 2000SQL
  • Sacramento Sky Ranch Mechanic's Toolbox
  • Supply system software
  • Technical manual database software
  • Tracware AeroTrac


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990