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Aircraft Mechanics

Overview

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 137,300 aircraft mechanics working in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Conventional

Hands On

Problem-Solving

Career Ladder
Head Mechanic, or Crew Chief, or Shop Supervisor

Aircraft Mechanic

Journey-Worker Mechanic