Aircraft Mechanics & Service Technicians

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

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; Airborne Mission Systems Specialist Craftsman, C-37; Aircraft Electrical And Environmental Systems Craftsman; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman, C-5; Bomber/Special Integrated Communication/Navigation/Mission Systems Apprentice, E-3; Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics Journeyman, F-15 Avionics; Flight Engineer Superintendent; Mobility Air Forces Integrated Communication/Navigation/Mission Systems Apprentice, C-12, C-20, C-21, C-26, C-32, C-37, C-40; Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance; Special Mission Aviator Journeyman, AC-130J
AH-64 Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer; Aircraft Components Repair Supervisor; Aircraft Powerplant Repairer; Armament/Electrical/Avionics Repair Supervisor; Aviation Officer; Avionic and Survivability Equipment Repairer; Cannon Crewmember; Combat Medic Specialist; MQ-1 Repairer; UH-60 Helicopter Repairer
Airman; Aviation Engineering Specialty; Aviation Maintenance Technician; Aviation Survival Technician; Avionics Electrical Technician
Additive Manufacturing Officer; Aircraft Electrical Systems Technician, EA-6; Aircraft Maintenance (Rotary-Wing); Aviation Electronic Micro/miniature Component and Cable Repair Technician, IMA; Enlisted Aircrew/Aerial Observer/Gunner; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight Engineer, KC-130; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Power Plants Mechanic, F-402; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Safety Equipment Mechanic, KC-130/V-22; Helicopter Mechanic, CH-53; Mobile Facility Technician
Advanced Composite Structural Repair IMA Technician; Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance/Material Control Officer; Aviation Electronics Technician; Aviation Structural Mechanic Intermediate Level; C-40A Crew Chief; E-2C Group II Systems Organizational Initial Maintenance Technician; F/A-18 A/B/C/D Systems Organizational Initial Maintenance Technician; MH-53E Systems Organizational Maintenance Technlcian; MQ-8C Organizational Maintenance Mechanic; P-8A Aircraft Systems Organizational Initial Maintenance Technician
; Aerospace Propulsion Helper, TF33, CF6, F103, F108, F117, TFE-731, TF39, PW 2040, F138 Jet Engines (Airlift, Special Mission, and B-52 aircraft); Aircraft Fuel Systems Helper; Aircrew Egress Systems Apprentice; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Helper, C-17; Helicopter/Tiltrotor Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, MHU-139; Low Observable Aircraft Structural Maintenance Journeyman; Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance Helper, B-52; Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, RQ-4; Tactical Aircraft Maintenance (5th Generation) Helper, F-22
What they do:
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
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:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software

  • SAP software Hot Technology
  • Tracware AeroTrac

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint

Facilities management software

  • Maintenance planning software
  • Maintenance record software


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

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