Aircraft Mechanics

Aircraft Mechanics

Military aircraft are used to fly hundreds of missions each day for transport, patrol, and flight training. They need frequent servicing to remain safe and ready to fly.

What They Do:

Aircraft mechanics in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Service and repair helicopter, jet, and propeller aircraft engines
  • Inspect and repair aircraft wings, fuselages, and tail assemblies
  • Service and repair aircraft landing gear
  • Repair or replace starters, lights, wiring, and other electrical parts

Training Provided:

Job training consists of classroom instruction, including inspection and repair of aircraft engines and equipment. Training length varies depending upon the specialty. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:
  • Engine disassembly and repair
  • Repair of hydraulic, fuel, and electrical systems
  • Repair of aluminum, steel, and fiberglass airframes and coverings

Work Environment:

Aircraft mechanics work in aircraft hangars and machine shops located on air bases or aboard aircraft carriers.