FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Become An Aircraft Mechanic

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As An Aircraft Mechanic

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $60,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Aircraft Mechanic Do

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They also perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Duties

Aircraft mechanics typically do the following:

  • Diagnose mechanical or electrical problems
  • Repair wings, brakes, electrical systems, and other aircraft components
  • Replace defective parts, using hand tools or power tools
  • Examine replacement aircraft parts for defects
  • Read maintenance manuals to identify repair procedures
  • Test aircraft parts with gauges and other diagnostic equipment
  • Inspect completed work to ensure that it meets performance standards
  • Keep records of maintenance and repair work

Avionics technicians typically do the following:

  • Test electronic instruments, using circuit testers, oscilloscopes, and voltmeters
  • Interpret flight test data to diagnose malfunctions and performance problems
  • Assemble components, such as electrical controls and junction boxes, and install software
  • Install instrument panels, using hand tools, power tools, and soldering irons
  • Repair or replace malfunctioning components
  • Keep records of maintenance and repair work

Airplanes are highly complex machines that require reliable parts and service to fly safely. To keep an airplane in operating condition, aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians perform scheduled maintenance, make repairs, and complete inspections. They must follow detailed federal regulations set by the FAA that dictate maintenance schedules for different operations.

Many mechanics are generalists and work on many different types of aircraft, such as jets, piston-driven airplanes, and helicopters. Others specialize in one section, such as the engine, hydraulic system, or electrical system, of a particular type of aircraft. In independent repair shops, mechanics usually inspect and repair many types of aircraft.

Most mechanics who work on civilian aircraft have either one or both of the FAA’s Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificates. Mechanics who have these certificates are authorized to work on most parts of the aircraft, excluding flight instruments and major work on propellers. Maintaining a plane’s electronic flight instruments is typically the job of specialized avionics technicians.

The following are examples of types of aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians:

Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics are certified generalist mechanics who can independently perform many maintenance and alteration tasks on aircraft. A&P mechanics repair and maintain most parts of an aircraft, including the engines, landing gear, brakes, and air-conditioning system. Some specialized activities require additional experience and certification.

Maintenance schedules for aircraft may be based on hours flown, days since the last inspection, trips flown, or a combination of these factors. Maintenance also may need to be done at other times to address specific issues recognized by mechanics or manufacturers.

Mechanics use precision instruments to measure wear and identify defects. They may use x rays or magnetic or ultrasonic inspection equipment to discover cracks that cannot be seen on a plane’s exterior. They check for corrosion, distortion, and cracks in the aircraft’s main body, wings, and tail. They then repair the metal, fabric, wood, or composite materials that make up the airframe and skin.

After completing all repairs, mechanics must test the equipment to ensure that it works properly. Aircraft equipped with digital monitoring systems can provide mechanics with valuable diagnostic information from electronic consoles. Mechanics also must keep records of all maintenance that they do on an aircraft.

The A&P ratings generally are considered the initial and most basic ratings needed for a worker to be a professional mechanic. Many additional certifications and specializations can be gained to enable mechanics to perform additional duties. Some of these specializations are as follows:

Avionics technicians are specialists who repair and maintain a plane’s electronic instruments, such as radio communication devices and equipment, radar systems, and navigation aids. As the use of digital technology increases, more time is spent maintaining computer systems. The ability to repair and maintain many avionics and flight instrument systems is granted through the Airframe rating, but other licenses or certifications may be needed.

Designated airworthiness representatives (DARs) examine, inspect, and test aircraft for airworthiness. They issue airworthiness certificates, which aircraft must have to fly. There are two types of DARs: manufacturing DARs and maintenance DARs.

Inspection authorized (IA) mechanics are mechanics who have both Airframe and Powerplant certification and may perform inspections on aircraft and return them to service. IA mechanics are able to do a wider variety of maintenance and alterations than any other type of maintenance personnel. They can do comprehensive annual inspections or return aircraft to service after a major repair.

Repairmen certificate holders may or may not have the A&P certificate or other certificates. Repairmen certificates are issued by certified repair stations to aviation maintenance personnel, and the certificates allow them to do specific duties. Repairmen certificates are valid only while the mechanic works at the issuing repair center and are not transferable to other employers.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become An Aircraft Mechanic

Many aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians learn their trade at an FAA-approved aviation maintenance technician school. Others enter with a high school education or equivalent and are trained on the job. Some workers enter the occupation after getting training in the military. Aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians typically are certified by the FAA. See Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 65, subparts D and E, for the most current requirements for becoming a certified mechanic.

Education and Training

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians often enter the occupation after attending a Part 147 FAA-approved aviation maintenance technician school. These schools award a certificate of completion that the FAA recognizes as an alternative to the experience requirements stated in regulations. The schools also grant holders the right to take the relevant FAA exams.

Some aircraft mechanics and service technicians enter the occupation with a high school diploma or equivalent and receive on-the-job training to learn their skills and to be able to pass the FAA exams. Other workers enter the occupation after getting training in the military. Aviation maintenance personnel who are not certified by the FAA work under supervision until they have enough experience and knowledge and become certified.

Avionics technicians typically earn an associate’s degree before entering the occupation. Aircraft controls, systems, and flight instruments have become increasingly digital and computerized. Maintenance workers who have the proper background in aviation flight instruments or computer repair are needed to maintain these complex systems.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians are not required to get licenses or certifications, most do, because these credentials often improve a mechanic’s wages and chances for employment. The FAA requires that aircraft maintenance be done either by a certified mechanic with the appropriate ratings or authorizations or under the supervision of such a mechanic.

The FAA offers separate certifications for bodywork (Airframe mechanics, or “A”) and engine work (Powerplant mechanics, or “P”), but employers may prefer to hire mechanics who have both Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) ratings. The A&P ratings generally certify that aviation mechanics meet basic knowledge and ability standards.

Mechanics must be at least 18 years of age, be fluent in English, and have 30 months of experience to qualify for either the A or the P rating or both (the A&P rating). If only one rating is sought by the mechanic, 18 months’ experience is required to take either the Airframe or the Powerplant exam. However, completion of a program at a Part 147 FAA-approved aviation maintenance technician school can substitute for the experience requirement and shorten the time requirements for becoming eligible to take the FAA exams.

Applicants must pass written, oral, and practical exams that demonstrate the required skills. Candidates must pass all the tests within a timeframe of 2 years.

To keep their certification, mechanics must have completed relevant repair or maintenance work within the previous 24 months. To fulfill this requirement, mechanics may take classes from their employer, a school, or an aircraft manufacturer.

Avionics technicians typically are certified through a repair station for the specific work being done, or else they hold the Airframe rating to work on an aircraft’s electronic and flight instrument systems. An Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification is available through the National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT). It certifies that aviation mechanics have a basic level of knowledge in the subject area, but it is not required by the FAA for any specific tasks. Avionics technicians who work on communications equipment may need to have the proper radiotelephone operator certification issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Other licenses and certifications are available to mechanics who wish to increase their skill set or advance their careers. The Inspection Authorization (IA) is available to mechanics who have had their A&P ratings for at least 3 years and meet other requirements. These mechanics are able to sign off on many major repairs and alterations. Mechanics can get numerous other certifications, such as Repairmen of light-sport aircraft and Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR).

Important Qualities

Strength and agility. Mechanics and technicians may need to carry or move heavy equipment or aircraft parts. They may need to climb on airplanes, balance, and reach without falling.

Detail oriented. Mechanics and technicians need to adjust airplane parts to exact specifications. For example, they often use precision tools to tighten wheel bolts to an exact tension.

Dexterity. Mechanics and technicians must possess dexterity to coordinate the movement of their fingers and hands in order to grasp, manipulate, or assemble parts.

Observational skills. Mechanics and technicians must recognize engine noises, read gauges, and collect other information to determine whether an aircraft’s systems are working properly.

Troubleshooting skills. Mechanics and technicians diagnose complex problems, and they need to evaluate options to correct those problems.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Avionics technicians may begin their careers as aircraft mechanics and service technicians. As aircraft mechanics and service technicians gain experience, they may study independently, attend formal classes, or otherwise choose to pursue additional certifications that grant privileges to work on specialized flight instruments. Eventually, they may become dedicated avionics technicians who work exclusively on flight instruments.

Advancement

As aircraft mechanics gain experience, they may advance to lead mechanic, lead inspector, or shop supervisor. Opportunities are best for those who have an inspection authorization (IA). Many specialist certifications are available that allow mechanics to do a wider variety of repairs and alterations.

Mechanics with broad experience in maintenance and repair might become inspectors or examiners for the FAA.

Additional business and management training may help aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians open their own maintenance facility.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as an Aircraft Mechanic?

Send To A Friend

Aircraft Mechanic Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Do you work as an Aircraft Mechanic?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Average Length of Employment
Systems Mechanic 5.4 years
Aircraft Mechanic 5.0 years
Jet Mechanic 4.9 years
Plant Mechanic 4.9 years
Aviation Mechanic 4.4 years
Airframe Mechanic 4.2 years
Aircraft Inspector 4.2 years
Hydraulic Mechanic 4.0 years
Line Mechanic 4.0 years
Engine Mechanic 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Aircraft Mechanic
Mechanic 18.2%
Crew Chief 9.7%
Technician 4.3%
Supervisor 3.1%
Cashier 3.0%
Top Careers After Aircraft Mechanic
Mechanic 20.0%
Technician 5.8%
Crew Chief 3.9%
Supervisor 3.5%

Do you work as an Aircraft Mechanic?

Aircraft Mechanic Demographics

Gender

Male

85.7%

Female

7.4%

Unknown

6.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

4.0%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.2%

French

6.6%

German

4.4%

Cherokee

3.8%

Russian

2.7%

Tagalog

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%

Korean

2.2%

Navajo

2.2%

Polish

2.2%

Hindi

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Italian

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Croatian

1.1%

Comanche

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%
Show More

Aircraft Mechanic Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

24.2%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

12.7%

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

8.2%

The Academy

6.4%

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

4.2%

Central Texas College

3.7%

National Aviation Academy A & P School

3.2%

Hallmark University-College of Aeronautics

2.7%

Ashford University

2.7%

Redstone College

2.6%

Alabama Aviation College

2.5%

North Central Institute

2.5%

Teterboro School of Aeronautics

2.2%

Park University

2.2%

Columbia Southern University

1.8%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

1.8%

Trident Technical College

1.7%

American University

1.6%

Eastern New Mexico University

1.6%
Show More
Majors

Aviation

28.5%

Automotive Technology

15.5%

Business

14.5%

Aerospace Engineering

6.3%

Management

3.5%

Electrical Engineering

3.5%

General Studies

3.3%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Accounting

2.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Education

2.1%

Information Technology

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

1.9%

Computer Science

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Engineering

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Psychology

1.2%
Show More
Degrees

Other

33.1%

Bachelors

25.1%

Associate

21.7%

Certificate

9.4%

Masters

5.9%

License

2.3%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

0.4%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary
Average Yearly Salary
$60,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$37,000
Min 10%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$98,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
IAP Worldwide Services
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
5.4 years
How much does an Aircraft Mechanic make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Aircraft Mechanic in the United States is $60,756 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $98,000.

Real Aircraft Mechanic Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
International Aircraft Mechanic and Inspector Aviation Dynamix, LLC Wichita, KS Mar 25, 2016 $100,000
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians KLM Royal Dutch Airlines San Francisco, CA Aug 13, 2014 $92,809
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians Shasta Aviation Corp. DBA Crescent Helicopters Pompano Beach, FL Jan 21, 2014 $72,800
Aircraft Mechanic and Maintenance Analyst JFK Professional Aviation Marketing, Inc. NY Oct 01, 2011 $69,638
Aircraft Mechanic and Maintenance Analyst Professional Aviation Marketing, Inc. NY Jun 25, 2013 $69,638
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Techs. Professional Aviation Marketing, Inc. NY Jul 01, 2011 $67,000
Aircraft Mechanic Thrust-Tech Aviation, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Jan 11, 2016 $66,269 -
$66,275
Aircraft Mechanic CR Aviation, Inc. Miami, FL Mar 29, 2016 $66,040
Aircraft Mechanic Thrust-Tech Aviation, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Sep 27, 2015 $63,294 -
$63,300
Forgein Aircraft Mechanic and Instructor Skyworld Aviation, Inc. Midland, VA Nov 01, 2013 $60,523 -
$77,219
Aircraft Mechanic Kolob Canyons Air Services, LLC Smyrna, TN Jun 01, 2016 $60,237
Aircraft Mechanic and Service Technician Draken International, Inc. FL Sep 15, 2013 $60,189
Aircraft Mechanics Millennium Air Xpress Los Angeles, CA May 19, 2011 $60,000
Aircraft Mechanic Thrust-Tech Aviation, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Sep 27, 2014 $59,738
Aircraft Mechanic Corporate Air Billings, MT Mar 10, 2016 $47,187
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians Sky Limo Corp Fort Lauderdale, FL Jul 23, 2012 $45,240
Aircraft Mechanics and Service The MEC Group, LLC San Antonio, TX May 24, 2012 $43,971
Aircraft Mechanics and Service The MEC Group, LLC San Antonio, TX Aug 09, 2012 $43,971
Aircraft Mechanics and Service The MEC Group, LLC San Antonio, TX Jun 08, 2012 $43,971
Aircraft Mechanics and Service The MEC Group, LLC San Antonio, TX Jun 14, 2012 $43,971
Aircraft Mechanics and Service The MEC Group, LLC San Antonio, TX Jun 05, 2012 $43,971
Aircraft Mechanics and Service The MEC Group, LLC San Antonio, TX Jun 06, 2012 $43,971
Aircraft Mechanics and Service The MEC Group, LLC San Antonio, TX Jun 01, 2012 $43,971
Aircraft Mechanics and Service The MEC Group, LLC San Antonio, TX Jun 07, 2012 $43,971
Aircraft Mechanics and Service The MEC Group, LLC San Antonio, TX May 31, 2012 $43,971
Aircraft Mechanics and Service The MEC Group, LLC San Antonio, TX Apr 05, 2012 $43,971
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians The MEC Group, LLC San Antonio, TX Nov 16, 2012 $43,971

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

See More Salaries

How Would You Rate The Salary Of an Aircraft Mechanic?

Have you worked as an Aircraft Mechanic? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as an Aircraft Mechanic.

Top Skills for An Aircraft Mechanic

  1. Service Aircraft
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Airframe
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated all ground support equipment required to supply or service aircraft electrically, hydraulically, or pneumatically.
  • Performed preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairs on aircraft
  • General mechanic responsibilities on power plant, airframe, and electrical systems
  • Maintained aircraft hydraulic systems and subsystems.
  • Operated rigging and flight control systems to determine functional performance and reworked or adjusted system components to proper specifications.

How Would You Rate Working As an Aircraft Mechanic?

Are you working as an Aircraft Mechanic? Help us rate Aircraft Mechanic as a Career.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Aircraft Mechanics

  1. Nevada
  2. Florida
  3. Georgia
  4. Alaska
  5. Kentucky
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. South Carolina
  9. Louisiana
  10. Maryland
  • (47 jobs)
  • (268 jobs)
  • (159 jobs)
  • (36 jobs)
  • (58 jobs)
  • (100 jobs)
  • (21 jobs)
  • (99 jobs)
  • (70 jobs)
  • (57 jobs)

Top Aircraft Mechanic Employers

Jobs From Top Aircraft Mechanic Employers

Aircraft Mechanic Videos

Aircraft Mechanic

What is an Aircraft Mechanic?

Cheryl Meehan: Aircraft Mechanic

Related to your recently viewed content