Career Details

Aviation Mechanic

Career Overview

Aircraft mechanics diagnose and repair problems in an aircraft. They may also be involved in the refurbishing of older planes.


An Airframe and Powerplant (A & P) degree or certificate or something similar is necessary to work in this field; this allows someone to be an aircraft maintenance technician.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$35,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Electronics
  • Computer Science
  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
  • Automotive Repair
Future Outlook

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

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Work Environment

Airplane mechanics work on airfields and in hangars and are generally employed in the aerospace and air transportation industries. This job may be physically demanding because of the lifting and use of heavy power tools. These environments may also be very loud.


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

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