5 Videos About Aircraft Maintenance That You Have to See
It is predicted that among all professions, avionics technicians and other aircraft maintenance personnel will have a smaller level of employment change than most other professions by a wide margin between 2012 and 2022. This means that the field is a highly competitive one, and you need to bring your A game if you want to get a chance with the best employers. The following are five videos that will give you an understanding of both how important it is to do your job correctly and an overview of what maintaining aircraft is really all about. Stick it out through all five of these videos, and then decide if this is really the vocation for you.
- Is My Aircraft Too Broken to Fly?
As a mechanic, you have a tremendous responsibility to ensure the safety of everyone on board the aircraft from the time it begins to taxi out onto the runway to the time it taxis back into the hangar. Because of this, you need to be able to diagnose quickly when the aircraft needs more maintenance than it is going to get before takeoff. If the aircraft is too broken to fly safely, you need to form and strongly voice your opinion before it is too late. Warning: the aforementioned link is of the Challenger mission and is a sobering warning of what can happen during a catastrophic equipment failure.
- Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Try it for 5
This is a great overall video discussing the profession of maintaining airplanes. The daily activities of an aircraft maintenance professional will deal with the same parts over and over again, but the job is almost never boring. If you like to work with your hands, this will show you some of the duties that are all part of being a mechanic.
- Just the Job Video – Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
This video covers most of the fundamental aspects of a fixed wing aircraft’s operation. Anything that operates within the aircraft is your responsibility to maintain as a mechanic, so you need a thorough understanding from the nose to the tail. This video also discusses some of the common diagnostic equipment that you will be using as a mechanic, and how this equipment will help you to find and fix any problems that may arise.
- Webinar – Is Your Mechanic a Minimalist or a Maximalist?
This video is directed at the owners of private aircraft, but it discusses an important topic in the field of aircraft maintenance — too much versus too little. In some cases, you as the mechanic will face aircraft that has not been maintained for an extended period of time. This is a discussion of how much maintenance is too much, but it will also give you a basis for understanding why some owners defer maintenance.
- Webinar – Deciding When to Overhaul
Much like in the field of medicine, being an aircraft mechanic involves the stress of dealing with aircraft parts that may be in need of maintenance but with too little time to repair everything. Thus, the concept of TBO or time between overhaul comes into play. As a mechanic you must often triage what urgently needs repair, what will likely soon need repair and what simply should be repaired if conditions were ideal. While this video is from the perspective of an owner, the same mindset can also apply to mechanics who have limited time and many potential issues to address.
Being an aircraft mechanic is serious business. The above videos should tell you both whether this is the profession for you and some of the correct mindset for the job.
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