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Aircraft Mechanics & Service Technicians

Also called: Aircraft Mechanic, Aircraft Technician, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A and P Mechanic), Aviation Mechanic

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Advanced Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics; Aerospace Propulsion Journeyman, TF33, CF6, F103, F108, F117, TFE-731, TF34, TF39, PW 2040, F138 Jet Engines; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance; Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Craftsman; Bomber/Special Integrated Communication/Navigation/Mission Systems Helper, E-8; Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics Apprentice, A-10/U-2 Avionics; Missile And Space Systems Electronic Maintenance Helper, ALCM; Mobility Air Forces Integrated Instrument and Flight Control Systems Apprentice, C-12/21/27/32/37/38/39/40; Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, KC-46; Special Operations Forces/Personnel Recovery (SOF/PR) Integrated Communication/Navigation/Mission Systems Journeyman

What they do:
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Includes helicopter and aircraft engine specialists.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment
  • repairing machines or systems using the right tools


Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Persistence
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Facilities management software
  • Access Software AIRPAX
  • Maintenance information databases
Data base user interface and query software
  • Metis Systems MainTrack
  • Mxi Technologies Maintenix
Analytical or scientific software
  • CaseBank SpotLight
  • CynapSys Virtual DER


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
associate's degree
usually needed

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