Inside Aircraft Mechanic Careers

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Biggest Surprises

"Little Experience...
its really surprised on ho hard is to find a job with so little experience" (Aircraft Mechanic; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, male
School: Studied Airframe And Power Plant at Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Georgia; completed Associate degree in 2010

"Hard Work Pays Off...
I was surprised on how physically demanding the job really is. The job training is very demanding for the safety of the passengers." (Aircraft Mechanic; 2013)

Career: 12 years of experience, currently based in Tennessee, male
School: Studied Aerodynamic Engineer at Embery Riddle in Tennessee; completed Associate degree in 2012

"Doesn't Take A Genius, But Does Take Tact...
I was extremely surprised at how many unintelligent individuals there were working on aircraft. It taught me that you don't have to be a genius to do this job. Also surprising is the need for good social skills, as you never know when you may be explaining a job you're doing to a representative of a major airline." (Aircraft Mechanic; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied A&P Mechanic at MVCC School Of Aviation in New York; completed Certificate degree in 2009

"Very Competitive Field...
With the growth in air transportation for both cargo and passengers, I was extremely surprised at how small the field of aviation maintenance really is. It's very competitive because the potential pool of employees is typically much larger than the job availability. Employers can afford to select and hire only the best." (Aircraft Maintenance Quality Assurance Specialist; 2014)

Career: 21 years of experience, currently based in Florida, male
School: Studied Aviation Airframe And Powerplant Repair at National Aviation Academy in Florida; completed Certificate degree in 2002

"With The Appropriate Knowledge Of Electrical Components, The Capabilities Of Electricity Are Literally Limited Only By Your Imagination...
I was surprised at how incredible, powerful, and versatile something as simple as an electrical current can be, and how the same electrical current that powers a light bulb, when harnessed correctly--with the assistance of gyroscopes, transformers, and transistors--can control something as complex as the auto-pilot of an airplane." (Aircraft Mechanic, Electrical; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in North Carolina, male
School: Studied I Level Electrical Maintenance Of Military Aircraft at Marine Corps School "C" Of Aviation Maintenance in North Carolina; completed Certificate degree in 2007

"Importance Of Communication...
I was surprised at how much you have to work as a team in the industry. I was also surprised by how much communication is important." (Aircraft Engine Mechanic; 2013)

Career: 10 years of experience, currently based in Tennessee, male
School: Studied Aviation at Embry Riddle in Florida; completed Bachelor degree in 1998

"Age Of Equipment...
I was surprised at the age of the airplanes that I maintained. It always amazes me that we have some planes that are nearly 50 years old still flying and they are normally the least hard broken." (Aircraft Mechanic; 2013)

Career: 15 years of experience, currently based in Arkansas, male
School: Studied Aircraft Avionics Systems at Community College Of The Air Force in Colorado; completed Associate degree in 2004

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Career Tips

"Seek Diverse Experience Early...
Try to find work at a company that services multiple types of aircraft. This will increase your diversity and open up more possibilities for employment, movement, and advancement. Definitely avoid getting locked into a facility that only services one type of aircraft early in your career." (Aircraft Maintenance Quality Assurance Specialist; 2014)

"Get Out Of Aviation While You Can...
Before deciding to enter a career in aviation, seriously consider whether you want to do it or not. There are much better paying jobs with much less headache out there. If you love aircraft, you will learn to hate them." (Aircraft Engine Mechanic; 2013)

"Career Decisions...
When becoming a mechanic for aviation. It is very mentally stressful for a good reason to keep your mind on focus." (Aircraft Mechanic; 2013)

"Take Your Education Seriously Or Don't Expect A Job...
Don't expect that just because you are awarded your Airframe and Power plant certificate, that you will get a job in the field. Make sure you take your education serious, even the extremely mundane tasks." (Aircraft Mechanic; 2013)

"Experience Equals Knowledge...
You become an expert aircraft mechanic by experience. The most capable technicians are those that have seen an aircraft break in every way possible and that is where the stem of their knowledge comes from." (Aircraft Mechanic; 2013)

"Learn How To Read Schematics And Identify Electrical Components...
To become an aircraft electrical mechanic, learn how to read schematics and identify all relevant electrical components proficiently and with ease, as it is one of the most important parts of the job." (Aircraft Mechanic, Electrical; 2013)

"Read The Manual...
be ready to never stop gaining knowledge, you will never know everything, read the manual" (Aircraft Mechanic; 2013)