Aircraft Mechanics

Aircraft mechanics examine, service, repair, and overhaul aircraft and aircraft engines. They also repair, replace, and assemble parts of the airframe (the structural parts of the plane other than the power plant or engine). There are about 115,410 aircraft mechanics working in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Examine, service, repair, and overhaul aircraft and aircraft engines; repair, replace, and assemble parts of the airframe
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas—especially in Chicago, New York, Dallas, and other airline hubs
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internships
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Head Mechanic, or Crew Chief, or Shop Supervisor
  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Journey-Worker Mechanic

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