Career Spotlight

Aircraft Mechanic & Technician

This is one of the top 10 in-demand jobs in aviation!

Do you like to work with your hands, but not sure automotive work is for you? Consider working on airplanes and other aircraft instead!

Aircraft & Avionic Equipment Mechanic & Technician

Quick Facts

2017 Median Pay: $61,260/year

Typical Entry-Level Education: Varies

On-the-job Training: None

Number of Jobs, 2016: 149,500

Job Outlook 2016-26: 5% (as fast as average)

Employment Change 2016-26: 7,500

What They Do

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft.

They typically work in hangars, in repair stations, or on airfields. The environment can be loud because of aircraft engines and equipment.

How To Become One

Most aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians learn their trade at an Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved aviation maintenance technician school or on the job. Some learn through training received in the military.

In other words, you must become a certified mechanic/technician to work in this field, and you can do that at a college, or through another training program. Or, if you’re also interested in the military, this is one of many careers that can carry over into the civilian world after you’re discharged.

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>>>If you’re interested in this, Mrs. Mendez has some interesting articles about aviation careers in her office.

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, US Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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