Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+4.6% (slower than the average)


What Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians Do

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

Other Job Titles Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians May Have

Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Aircraft Maintenance Tech), Aircraft Mechanic, Aircraft Restorer, Aircraft Technician, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A and P Mechanic), Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), Aviation Mechanic, Helicopter Mechanic

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Technician ,

GE Aviation

I come in and check my emails. Update the materials board in my team room so other technicians know where they will be working for the day due to material on site and job status. Head out to the shop floor and do my task(s) for the day. There are multiple possibilities but the main three categories are tear down, inspect, and rebuild. We have a materials meeting to go over issues, update on job status, incoming work, parts, etc. Then go to a council meeting on some days.

Aviation Mechanic ,

Rowland Dusters

I start the day by pulling all of the airplanes up to get them loaded and ready to go. My brother and I will get the maps ready for the pilots and make sure everything is organized. I'll proceed through the day making sure everything is in order. If something goes wrong with one of the planes, I work on it. For example, the air conditioning went out in one of the planes. I'm able to fix that so the pilot can be comfortable. At the end of the day, we prepare maps and schedules for the next day.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Examine and inspect aircraft components, including landing gear, hydraulic systems, and deicers to locate cracks, breaks, leaks, or other problems.
  • Conduct routine and special inspections as required by regulations.
  • Inspect completed work to certify that maintenance meets standards and that aircraft are ready for operation.
  • Read and interpret maintenance manuals, service bulletins, and other specifications to determine the feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components.
  • Maintain repair logs, documenting all preventive and corrective aircraft maintenance.

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