Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Aircraft maintenance engineers also known as aviation maintenance technicians or aviation mechanics inspect all aspects of an airplane such as the engines landing gear instrumentation and systems on a routine basis to determine if any service or repair work is necessary. They then perform the maintenance andor repair work on the aircraft.

They examine engines by working through specially designed openings in the aircraft. After taking an engine apart aircraft maintenance engineers use precision instruments to measure parts for wear or to check for invisible cracks. They repair or replace worn or defective parts throughout the aircraft and check for corrosion distortion and cracks in the fuselage wings and tail. After completing all repairs they test the equipment to ensure that it works properly.  If you are interested in additional free career resources please follow this link.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all maintenance work on aircraft be performed by certified maintenance engineers or mechanics. Therefore most airlines hire maintenance engineers who hold an FAA certification. The FAA offers certification for airframe mechanics and power plant mechanics although most airlines hire maintenance engineers who have a combined AP certificate.

To receive an FAA certification an aspiring aircraft mechanic needs to complete coursework in an Aviation Maintenance Technician school that has been certified by the FAA. The certification program can last from one to two years or 1900 class hours as set by the FAA. The average yearly salary for aircraft inspectors is about $53000.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $52480
High Salary: $71600
Low Salary: $33360
Tasks: Examines aircraft components.
Maintains, repairs, and rebuilds aircraft structures and parts.
Replaces worn, defective, or damaged components.
Keeps repair logs.
Also Called: Aircraft Mechanic
Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Aviation Maintenance Technician
Aircraft Technician
Additional Resources: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes493011.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_Maintenance_Engineer
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