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
Duties Examine, service, repair, and overhaul aircraft and aircraft engines; repair, replace, and assemble parts of the airframe
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
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
Education and Training
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Obtain as much experience in the field as possible by participating in summer internships and part-time jobs
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Head Mechanic, or Crew Chief, or Shop Supervisor
  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Journey-Worker Mechanic

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