AIRCRAFT MECHANIC

Joshua Hatfield

Daily Activities

They assemble and install electrical, plumbing, mechanical, hydraulic, and structural components and accessories, using hand tools and power tools. Check for corrosion, distortion, and invisible cracks in the fuselage, wings, and tail, using x-ray and magnetic inspection equipment. Clean, refuel, and change oil in line service aircraft.

Working conditions

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians work in hangars, in repair stations, or on airfields. They often must meet strict deadlines to maintain flight schedules. The environment can be loud because of aircraft engines and equipment. Workers frequently bend, stoop, and reach from ladders and scaffolds. Most mechanics and technicians work full time overtime and weekend work is common.

Salary

$56,980

Preparation and / or training

We use tried and proven methods of instruction that work . . . every time. You will pass your entire computer examinations in as little as five days, start to finish. We do not put a time limit on your study or actual time in class. US applicants may be eligible for veterans' benefits under the GI Bill.

5 important skills and abilities

  1. Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  2. Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  3. Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  4. Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  5. Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Recommended core classes and electives

1. 9th Core Academic Courses

2. 9th Career Path Courses

3. 11th Core Academic Courses

4. 11th Career Path Courses

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