The Aviation Mechanic- A Unique and Crucial Role

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To keep an aircraft in peak operating condition, an aviation mechanic performs scheduled maintenance, makes repairs, and completes inspections required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Most people employed in the field learn their jobs in a trade school certified by the FAA.

The Job of the Aviation Mechanic

Many aviation mechanics specialize in preventive maintenance. As such, the aviation mechanic must inspect and repair, or replace aircraft engines, landing gear, instruments, pressurized sections, accessories and other parts of the aircraft. They also keep FAA-required maintenance records. Mechanics and technicians conduct inspections following a schedule based on one, or a combination of, time or usage factors.

After taking an engine apart, an aviation mechanic must use precision instruments to measure parts for wear, and use x-ray and magnetic inspection equipment to check for invisible cracks. Mechanics also may be required to repair the metal surfaces that cover the aircraft. Once all of the necessary repairs and maintenance are finalized, an aviation mechanic must then test all of the relevant equipment to ensure that it works properly.

An aviation mechanic usually works in airplane hangars or in other large indoor areas. However, there are instances that would require someone with an aviation mechanic job to perform outside, especially when urgent maintenance is needed on the tarmac. Because flights must adhere to strict time schedules in order to keep customers happy and packages delivered on time, there can be a great deal of pressure to perform necessary tasks quickly.

Frequently, the aviation mechanic is called upon to lift or pull very heavy objects, so significant physical fitness is often required. The work environment is typically very noisy in aviation mechanic jobs, so it often necessary to wear proper ear protection.

Training to Become an Aviation Mechanic

Although a relative few people become aviation mechanics through on-the-job training, most learn their jobs in FAA-certified technical schools, which may also award two-and-4-four-year degrees. FAA standards established by federal law require that certified mechanic schools offer students a minimum of 1,900 class hours including coursework and training with the tools and equipment used on the job.

Employers almost always require aviation mechanics to possess FAA licenses. The FAA requires applicants to be at least 18 years of age. Other requirements include at least 18 months of work experience for an airframe or power plant certificate, and at least 30 months of experience for a combined A&P certificate, in addition to a certification exam and at least 16 hours of training every 24 months to keep their certifications current.

People who wish to pursue an aviation mechanic career, working for an airline, must have at least a high school diploma and an A&P certificate. Acquisition of the necessary certificates usually involves written and oral tests that demonstrate sufficient knowledge of aircraft repair and maintenance.

As an aircraft mechanic gains experience, he or she may advance to lead mechanic (or crew chief), inspector, lead inspector, or shop supervisor positions. When working for large airlines, it is even possible for aviation mechanics to eventually work their way up to executive jobs within the company.
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