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Aircraft maintenance technicians keep aircraft of various sizes and types in excellent working order. According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, they complete inspections, perform scheduled maintenance, and make any necessary repairs. Many technicians specialize in preventive maintenance. As such, they inspect the various equipment and devices on aircrafts, including engines, landing gear, flight instruments, pressurized components, brakes, valves, pumps, and any other part of the plane that requires regular maintenance. Aircraft maintenance technicians are also required to keep records and write reports on their preventative maintenance work.

Other aircraft maintenance technicians specialize in repair work, finding and fixing problems that pilots describe, such as a faulty fuel gauge. In that example, technicians might troubleshoot the electrical system, using electrical test equipment to ensure that no wires are broken or shorted out. Once they determine the source of the problem, technicians replace any defective electrical or electronic components. Aircraft maintenance technicians must work quickly and safely so that the aircraft can be put back into service as soon as possible.

When you become an aircraft maintenance technician, you may work on one or many different types of aircraft, such as helicopters, jets, or propeller-driven airplanes. Or you might choose to specialize in one particular section of the aircraft, such as the electrical system, engine, or hydraulics.

What does an aircraft maintenance technician do?

As an airframe and power plant technician, it's your job to keep planes, jets, helicopters, and other crafts in optimum flying condition. Or, with a degree in avionics, you'll learn about, design, and implement the latest technologies to power an aircraft. Of course, no one knows how to handle the guts of a plane without being taught. That's where quality aviation training from top-notch aviation schools comes in. You can earn a hands-on degree in airframe and power plant maintenance, airline/travel, aviation maintenance, avionics, professional flying, quality control, and other hot aviation careers. Major areas of specialization are listed below:

  • Aviation
  • Airframe & Powerplant
  • Avionics
  • Aircraft Mechanics
  • Aviation Maintenance

Job opportunities for aviation careers are favorable for highly trained technicians. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the aerospace industry is expected to rise above recent levels in the next few years, which is not surprising in a country that's forever on the go. And, national defense keeps the industry booming, too.

There are several options to fund your aviation school education, including student loans, grants, payment plans, and in some cases, employer tuition reimbursement. Who wouldn't want that?

Start researching aviation schools today, and soar to new heights with an aviation career.

Links to specific aircraft maintenance jobs:

Job Description Aeronautical Mechanic

Job Description Avionics Technician

Job Description Aviation Maintenance Technician

Job Description Army Aircraft Structural Repairer 15G

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Courtesy: US Army, Navy and USAF,

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