What does an Aircraft Mechanic do?

Aircraft mechanics maintain aircraft by performing tasks including inspecting mechanical equipment, repairs, parts replacement, and assessing part deterioration. They perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft by diagnosing mechanical and electrical problems, repairing components including wings, brakes, and electrical systems. They replace defective parts using hand or power tools and make sure they examine replacement aircraft parts for any possible defects. They read maintenance manuals to identify repair procedures and test aircraft parts with gauges and other diagnostic equipment.

Aircraft mechanics inspect completed work to ensure it meets performance standards and record all maintenance and repair work. They are responsible for repairing metal, fabric, wood, or composite materials that make up a plane's airframe and skin. Aircraft mechanics must attend a part 147 FAA-approved aviation maintenance technical school and have a certificate of completion recognized by the FAA or relevant experience.

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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Aircraft Mechanic Salaries

Average Base Pay

£32,110 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £32K
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US Air ForceUS Air Force
F-22 Avionics Specialist (NCOIC)
2 Nov 2020

“> Job experience is second to none for many AFSC career fields with many training opportunities.”

General AtomicsGeneral Atomics
Aircraft Mechanic
2 Sep 2020

“i truly enjoyed my time working for General Atomics it offered good career opportunities and ability to advance in your career.”

Northrop GrummanNorthrop Grumman
Aircraft Structures Mechanic
1 Apr 2021

“Northrop Grumman pays very well and is honesty a great career to have.”

Pakistan Air ForcePakistan Air Force
Aircraft Mechanic
15 Jul 2020

“It is one of the best department of Pakistan with respect to aviations/airlines/defence and other qualities.”

US Air ForceUS Air Force
Aircraft Mechanic, A&P
11 Aug 2021

“I am saying you pay an insane amount of money in taxes and you get nothing back.”

ATI Physical TherapyATI Physical Therapy
Aircraft Maintenance Technician
29 Oct 2020

“low pay good yes no great”

Aircraft Maintenance Technician
12 Jul 2021

“Good work/life balance 4 days off is really good”

The British ArmyThe British Army
Aircraft Maintenance Technician
23 Jul 2021

“good traning and career profression”

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