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Aircraft Maintenance Technician

POSITION SUMMARY

An Aircraft or Aviation Maintenance Technician’s primary responsibility is to repair and maintain aircraft and their systems, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. An Aircraft Maintenance Technician may work on several different types of aircraft, while some may specialize in working on a specific part within the aircraft. Day to day duties will involve replacing, repairing, diagnosing, and testing aircraft parts to make sure they meet performance standards.

An Aircraft Maintenance Technician must be able to manage stress well. When a plane or helicopter arrives at an airport, it is the duty of the Technician to thoroughly review and perform any needed maintenance on the aircraft before it takes off. As an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, you will need to possess expertise within your line of work and carry out your duties regularly and reliably.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Aircraft Maintenance Technician responsibilities may include:

  • Diagnose and resolve mechanical or electrical problems.
  • Keep records of maintenance work.
  • Replace worn parts with hand or power tools.
  • Submit work for inspection.
  • Inspect aircraft frames in addition to aircraft parts.
  • Climb ladders and reach from scaffoldings in fast paced environments.

 

SKILLS

Aircraft Maintenance Technicians are expected to possess proficiency within their field of work, whether that is general or specialized aircraft maintenance. In order to effectively inspect aircraft on a regular schedule, a skilled Aircraft Maintenance Technician will:

  • Be able to perform physically demanding work on a regular basis.
  • Work outside on an airfield in inclement weather.
  • Be able to work in high stress environments.
  • Complete repair and maintenance tasks on a strict schedule.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Even general aircraft maintenance requires specialized skills, so Aircraft Maintenance Technicians need to go through rigorous training. Entry level jobs require a mechanic’s certificate, which means you will need to have 18 months of practical experience with power plants or airframes, or 30 months of experience working on both at the same time. In addition, you must pass a written, oral, and practical exam through the FAA.

For a senior level position, Aircraft Maintenance Technicians will need to go through specialized training under a certified mechanic or at a mechanic school.

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AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  • In what situation would you would work on an airplane without a proper engineer's authorization?

  • What kind of aircrafts have you worked on in the past?

  • What part of your maintenance training did you excel in?

  • To measure current flow, you connect an AM/PSN-37 multimeter in what?

  • What kind of system do you have in place to maintain records of service work?

  • Describe what procedure you use to inspect different parts of an aircraft?

  • How well do you know your ATA codes?

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