Become an Aircraft Maintenance and Technician
Most applicants attend a Part 147 FAA-approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School that gives them their required FAA certificate after passing the exam. Some enter this career field after military service and have passed the requirements of the FAA for a certificate to work.
Job Description of an Aircraft Maintenance and Technician
A aircraft and maintenance and technician keeps the aircraft in optimal operating condition by performing scheduled maintenance or repairs as dictated by the regulations of the FAA. They examine all parts for replacement, look for any problems and follow maintenance manuals for the repair procedures, to include, brakes, wings and electrical systems.
They use diagnostic equipment and gauges to test aircraft parts while keeping careful records of any work done. He or she inspects the work to be sure it functions correctly. There are various types of aircraft that a aircraft maintenance and technician can generally work on, such as, pitson-driven airplanes and helicopters or jets.
Some may choose to specialize in a particular area, like, hydraulics, the engine or other areas of interest. They must be able to balance, reach and bend on the exterior of the plane and lift heavy objects, handle dangerous chemicals and operate large power tools. They work on ladders or scaffolds and endure loud noise and vibrations and inclement weather. The risk of injury and illness is high for this occupation compared to other types of jobs.
They can be found working for private companies and some for the federal government. They work in hangers, repair stations or airfields that are usually located near a major airport, unless employed by the military, in which case, work at military installations. A aircraft maintenance and technician usually works full-time in 8 hour shifts with overtime and week-ends included.