Aircraft Mechanics 

Aircraft mechanics install, maintain, repair, and overhaul aircraft structures and mechanical/hydraulic systems. They may specialize in specific aircraft systems such as engines, airframes or hydraulic systems, particularly in large organizations.

Work: Install, maintain, repair and overhaul aircraft structures and mechanical hydraulic systems. , Inspectors inspect aircraft systems following manufacture, modification, maintenance, repair or overhaul.

Title Examples: Aircraft Electrical Technician, Aircraft Electrician, Aircraft Instrument Mechanic, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Avionics Inspector, Instrument Overhaul and Repair Mechanic

Useful Secondary School subjects: Mechanics, Physics, Physical Education, Math, English

Degrees associated with this career: Diploma

Requirements: In general, you usually need a high school diploma. , You usually need a college program in aircraft maintenance or a four-year apprenticeship program. , To be an aircraft mechanic, you need several years' on-the-job training. , To be an aircraft mechanic or inspector, who signs maintenance releases and certifies airworthiness, you also need an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) licence issued by Transport Canada. , Trade certification for aircraft maintenance engineers is available, but voluntary, in the Northwest Territories. , Trade certification for aircraft structural technicians is available, but voluntary, in British Columbia. , Voluntary industry certification is available from the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council. , With experience, you may move up the ranks to become foreman or forewoman, shop supervisor or aircraft inspector.

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