Aviation Maintenance Technician

By Reese, Susan | Techniques, November-December 2013 | Go to article overview

Aviation Maintenance Technician


Reese, Susan, Techniques


AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS INSPECT, REPAIR and perform regular maintenance on airplanes and helicopters. Their duties may include examining the aircraft's frame and checking parts for detects and wear, as well as diagnosing and repairing mechanical or electrical problems. Some will specialize in specific aircraft, while others may specialize in the airframe or on the engine. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) offers certificates in each of these specialties; however, the regular inspections of airplanes and helicopters that are required by the FAA must be done by a technician with an FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certificate.

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The Workplace

Aviation maintenance technicians work in hangars, in repair stations or on "flight lines" where aircraft park. They work at both large and small airports--although most work near major airports. The Armed Forces of the United States also employ aviation technicians for work on military installations.

Educational Requirements

Since aviation maintenance technicians are required to be certified by the FAA, most get their education and training at FAA-approved aviation maintenance technician schools. …

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