Details Report for:
49-3011.00 - Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Includes helicopter and aircraft engine specialists.
Sample of reported job titles: Aircraft Maintenance Director, Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor, Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Aircraft Maintenance Tech), Aircraft Mechanic, Aircraft Restorer, Aircraft Technician, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A and P Mechanic), Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), Aviation Mechanic, Helicopter Mechanic
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Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable wrenches
- Air compressors
- Aircraft pushback or tow tractors — Tow vehicles
- Alignment jig — Aligning jigs
- Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers
- Bastard cut file — Bastard files
- Borescope inspection equipment — Borescopes
- Box end wrenches — End wrenches
- Cable splicing kits — Cable splicing knives
- Calibrated resistance measuring equipment — Resistance meters
- Calipers — Vernier calipers
- Circuit tester — Continuity meters
- Cold chisels — Flat chisels; Straight chisels
- Combination wrenches
- Compasses — Dividers
- Desktop computers
- Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers; Reversible safety wire pliers
- Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial indicators
- Digital testers — Digital diagnostic equipment
- Drill bit set — Drill bit sets
- Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses
- Ear muffs — Hearing protectors
- End cut pliers — End cutters
- Feeler gauges
- Flat nose pliers — Duck bill pliers
- Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Acetylene welding equipment
- Go or no go gauge — Go/no-go gauges
- Goggles — Welding goggles
- Ground power units for aircraft — External power units; Internal power units
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Hammers — Plastic tip hammers
- Hand clamps
- Hand trucks or accessories — Hand trucks
- Heat guns
- Hex keys — Allen wrenches
- Hold down clamps — Cleco pliers
- Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors
- Integrated maintenance information systems — Aircraft maintenance management systems; LTB/400 maintenance management system; MxManager; S.M.A.R.T aircraft maintenance tracking (see all 8 examples)
- Jacks — Aircraft lifting jacks
- Laser printers
- Lifts — Aircraft test stands; Mechanical lifts; Power lifts
- Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Vise grip pliers
- Magnetic particle examination equipment — Magnetic inspection equipment
- Magnetic tools — Magnetic pickup tools
- Manlift or personnel lift — Manlifts
- Manual press brake — Brakes
- Metal cutters — Offset left aviation snips; Offset right aviation snips; Sheet metal breakers; Straight cut aviation snips
- Microprocessors — Ignition analyzers
- Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files
- Needlenose pliers
- Nibblers — Hand nibblers
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Open end wrenches
- Paint sprayers
- Personal computers
- Pneumatic drill — Air drills
- Pneumatic impact wrenches — Pneumatic wrenches
- Portable data input terminals — Handheld computers; Wearable data input systems
- Power drills — Cordless drills; Electric drills; Hand drills
- Power grinders
- Power riveter — Rivet guns
- Pressure indicators — Pressure gauges
- Pull spring balances — Spring balance scales
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Brass punches; Center punches; Pin punches; Taper punches
- Putty knives
- Rectifiers — Portable rectifiers
- Rivet tools — Bucking bars; Pneumatic riveters
- Safety glasses
- Screw extractors — Screw extractor sets
- Screwdrivers — Flat blade screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers; Ratcheting screwdrivers
- Scribers — Machinists' double point scribers
- Shears — Power shears
- Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools
- Slip or groove joint pliers — Slip joint pliers
- Socket sets — Socket wrench sets
- Sockets — Aviation spark plug sockets
- Soldering iron — Soldering equipment
- Specialty wrenches — Ignition wrench sets; Speed wrenches
- Speed sensors — Timing lights
- Squares — Combination squares
- Stripping tools — Wire strippers
- Tablet computers
- Tape measures — Measuring tapes
- Tinners snips — Compound leverage snips
- Torque wrenches
- Touch pads — Touch screens
- Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes
- Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasonic inspection equipment
- Utility knives
- Vibration testers — Vibration analyzers
- Voltage or current meters — Electrical current meters; Voltmeters
- Wearable computing devices — Portable maintenance aids mobile computing devices; Wearable computers; Wearable point and click devices
- Welder torch — Brazing equipment
- Wire cutters — Wire cutting tools
- Wire lug crimping tool — Wire crimpers
- Wire twister — Safety wire pliers
- X ray radiography examination equipment — X ray inspection equipment
Technology used in this occupation:
- Accounting software — DatcoMedia Ebis
- Analytical or scientific software — CaseBank SpotLight; CynapSys Virtual DER; Engine analysis software
- Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
- Data base user interface and query software — Metis Systems MainTrack; Mxi Technologies Maintenix; Pentagon 2000SQL; Sacramento Sky Ranch Mechanic's Toolbox
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Tracware AeroTrac
- Facilities management software — Access Software AIRPAX; Maintenance information databases; Maintenance planning software; Maintenance record software
- Information retrieval or search software — Computerized aircraft log manager CALM software; Technical manual database software
- Inventory management software — Supply system software
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Paint surfaces or equipment.
- Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
- Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
- Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
- Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
- Align equipment or machinery.
- Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
- Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Communicate with coworkers to coordinate installations or repairs.
- Fabricate parts or components.
- Disassemble equipment to inspect for deficiencies.
- Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
- Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems.
- Reassemble equipment after repair.
- Troubleshoot equipment or systems operation problems.
- Service vehicles to maintain functionality.
- Observe equipment in operation to detect potential problems.
- Inspect completed work to ensure proper functioning.
- Install electrical components, equipment, or systems.
- Maintain repair or maintenance records.
- Interpret blueprints, specifications, or diagrams to inform installation, development or operation activities.
- Read technical information needed to perform maintenance or repairs.
- Inspect structural components of vehicles to identify problems.
- Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
- Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
- Install machine or equipment replacement parts.
- Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed.
- Apply protective coverings to objects or surfaces near work areas.
- Test fluids to identify contamination or other problems.
- Lay out work according to specifications.
- Move large objects using heavy equipment.
- Assemble electrical components, subsystems, or systems.
- Install piping for installation or maintenance activities.
- Remove parts or components from equipment.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|12||High school diploma or equivalent|
This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|17-3027.00||Mechanical Engineering Technicians|
|17-3029.09||Manufacturing Production Technicians Bright Outlook Green|
|49-2094.00||Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment|
|49-3023.01||Automotive Master Mechanics|
|49-9041.00||Industrial Machinery Mechanics|
|49-9062.00||Medical Equipment Repairers|
|49-9071.00||Maintenance and Repair Workers, General|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$28.06 hourly, $58,370 annual|
|Employment (2014)||120,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Little or no change (-1% to 1%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||30,100|
|Top industries (2014)||
Transportation and Warehousing (58% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.