Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

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What do they do?

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

Also known as:

Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Aircraft Maintenance Tech), Aircraft Mechanic, Aircraft Restorer, Aircraft Technician, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A and P Mechanic), Airframe and Powerplant Technician (A and P Tech), Airframe Mechanic, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), Aviation Mechanic, Helicopter Mechanic

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 3.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #49 in job growth rate
  • 210

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #28 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.4%)
  • Master's degree (1.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (7.9%)
  • Associate's degree (23.1%)
  • Some college, no degree (35.3%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (27.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (4.5%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper functioning.
  • Read technical information needed to perform maintenance or repairs.
  • Interpret blueprints, specifications, or diagrams to inform installation, development or operation activities.
  • Maintain repair or maintenance records.
  • Inspect structural components of vehicles to identify problems.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.0 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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