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US Navy - Aviation Structural Mechanic

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Career Overview

An aviation structural mechanic serves as a mechanic on airplanes who deals with various systems including the landing system, brakes, hydraulics, wheels, and various controls (among many other things).

Education

A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to be admitted into the US Navy. Applicants must also be US citizens, at least 17 years old, and able to pass a drug test. In addition, they may not have been convicted of a felony and be able to pass a background investigation. There are other physical requirements that must be met including attending an eight-week boot camp.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$19,000 /yr
$40,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • Electronics
  • Computer Science
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
  • Automotive Repair
Future Outlook

The job outlook for jobs in the military (in general) looks good over the next 10 years.

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Work Environment

Members of the US Navy will be stationed at various locations around the world. Any military position can potentially be dangerous, and will likely involve being transferred to many different locations throughout a career. An aviation structural mechanic may work on a base or a ship, and they will likely work in a very noisy environment.

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References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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