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