Career outlook for aircraft maintenance engineer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
Aircraft maintenance engineers or mechanics are responsible for checking the systems on aeroplanes and helicopters in between flights to ensure the aircraft is safe to fly. To work in aircraft maintenance, you will need specific qualifications and certification.
Just as pilots are trained and then licensed to fly, aircraft maintenance engineers are trained and licensed to maintain the aircraft to industry standard.
There are two types of maintenance:
- Line duties such as pre-flight checks, refuelling and minor avionics, electrical and mechanical tasks.
- Base maintenance in an aircraft hangar, when you’d do more stringent checks, fault diagnosis and repairs.
If you work in mechanics, you’d service the fuselage, engines, landing gear and airframe systems including any electrics associated with those systems.
If you focus on avionics, you’d check the electrical and electronic systems used for navigation, communications and flight control.
You would need to check the parts and systems, find any faults and decide if they can be fixed. You’d then organise or carry out the repairs.
It’s a responsible job; you’d need to check the aircraft carefully and be meticulous with your repairs.
You could work on commercial or private aircraft or work on military aircraft for the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy or the Army.
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