Becoming an aircraft mechanic is a rewarding career field for anyone seeking a job with long term growth potential and plenty of opportunities for advancement.
What Is An Aircraft MechanicAn aircraft mechanic is an individual who inspects, diagnoses, and repairs the various systems on an airplane for any potential problems. Unlike a traditional automobile mechanic, an aircraft mechanic is highly specialized and must meet stringent certification guidelines set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Generally, aircraft mechanics will specialize in either powerplant, which focuses primarily on the engine moving parts of the plane; airframe, which is primarily responsible for the fuselage, skin, and body of the aircraft; or avionics, which specializes on the electrical and computer systems on board the plane.
Minimum RequirementsFAA Regulations state that in order to apply for certification as an aircraft mechanic, you must meet the following three requirements:
- You must be a U.S. citizen who is 18 years of age or older and has the ability to read and write English proficiently. If you do not meet the citizenship requirements and do not reside in the United States, you may still be eligible for certification if you are required to maintain U.S. certification because of your job and can show you have a good standing in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
- You must have graduated from an FAA Approved Maintenance Technical School. This requirement can be substituted for either 18 months practical work experience with airframes or powerplants, or 30 months practical work experience with both systems simultaneously.
- You must pass three comprehensive exams
- An oral exam
- A written exam
- And a practical exam