Job Family: Mechanic and Repair Technologists and Technicians Aircraft Mechanics
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps  | Coast Guard  | National Guard

Supplemental Information
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Photo 1: Aircraft mechanic works on repair.
Photo 2:
Aircraft mechanic inspects engine.

Brian Goelf
Occupation: Aircraft Mechanic

When I graduated from high school, I wanted to see different places, so I joined the Air Force. In my career, I have lived in Canada, England, the …

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Cory Lutzow
Occupation: Helicopter Mechanic

My Dad served 28 years in the US Air Force working on Jet fighters. I always thought that was so cool so I decided to follow in his f…

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Short Description
Military aircraft are used to fly hundreds of missions each day for transport, patrol, and flight training. They need frequent servicing to remain safe and ready to fly. Aircraft mechanics inspect, service, and repair helicopters and airplanes.


What They Do
Aircraft mechanics in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Service and repair helicopter, jet, and propeller aircraft engines
  • Inspect and repair aircraft wings, fuselages, and tail assemblies
  • Service and repair aircraft landing gear
  • Repair or replace starters, lights, wiring, and other electrical parts
  • Maintain fuel and lubrication systems as well as safety equipment and systems
  • Perform maintenance on Metallic, Non-Metallic Flight Control System Components
  • Keep detailed records

Helpful Attributes
Helpful school subjects include mathematics and shop mechanics. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to use hand and power tools
  • Interest in engine mechanics
  • Interest in work involving aircraft

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction, including inspection and repair of aircraft engines and equipment. Training length varies depending upon the specialty. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:
  • Engine disassembly and repair
  • Repair of hydraulic, fuel, and electrical systems
  • Repair of aluminum, steel, and fiberglass airframes and coverings
  • Precision measurement and equipment calibration

Work Environment
Aircraft mechanics work in aircraft hangars and machine shops located on air bases or aboard aircraft carriers.


Civilian Counterparts
Civilian aircraft mechanics work for aircraft manufacturers, commercial airlines, and government agencies. They perform duties similar to military aircraft mechanics. They may also be called airframe or power plant mechanics.

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