DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
49-3011 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
Occupational Description:Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Includes helicopter and aircraft engine specialists. Excludes “Avionics Technician" (49-2091).
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|EDR 10 - Southeast||50||7||$21.57/hr||$2.28/hr||$8.93/hr||$15.63/hr||$18.02/hr||$26.38/hr||$42.10/hr|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Employment||Median Wage||% Change -|
|Industrial Machinery Mechanics||1,030||$20.80/hr||N/A|
|Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics||970||$18.14/hr||N/A|
|Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers||730||$17.77/hr||N/A|
|Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders||160||$15.72/hr||N/A|
|Mechanical Door Repairers||70||$17.91/hr||N/A|
|Farm Equipment Mechanics||60||$16.77/hr||N/A|
|Engine and Other Machine Assemblers||20||$15.35/hr||N/A|
|Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood||N/A||$11.32/hr||N/A|
Tasks for Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
- Adjusts, aligns, and calibrates aircraft systems, using hand tools, gauges, and test equipment.
- Examines and inspects engines or other components for cracks, breaks, or leaks.
- Disassembles and inspects parts for wear, warping, or other defects.
- Tests engine and system operations, using testing equipment, and listens to engine sounds to detect and diagnose malfunctions.
- Assembles and installs electrical, plumbing, mechanical, hydraulic, and structural components and accessories, using hand tools and power tools.
- Reads and interprets aircraft maintenance manuals and specifications to determine feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components.
- Modifies aircraft structures, space vehicles, systems, or components, following drawings, engineering orders and technical publications.
- Removes engine from aircraft or installs engine, using hoist or forklift truck.
- Services and maintains aircraft systems by performing tasks, such as flushing crankcase, cleaning screens, greasing moving parts, and checking brakes.
- Repairs, replaces, and rebuilds aircraft structures, functional components, and parts, such as wings and fuselage, rigging, and hydraulic units.
- Replaces or repairs worn, defective, or damaged components, using hand tools, gauges, and testing equipment.
- Disassembles and inspects engine parts, such as turbine blades and cylinders, for wear, warping, cracks, and leaks.
- Reassembles engine and installs engine in aircraft.
- Tests engine operation, using test equipment such as ignition analyzer, compression checker, distributor timer, and ammeter, to identify malfunction.
- Services and maintains aircraft and related apparatus by performing activities, such as flushing crankcase, cleaning screens, and lubricating moving parts.
- Adjusts, repairs, or replaces electrical wiring system and aircraft accessories.
- Services, repairs, and rebuilds aircraft structures, such as wings, fuselage, rigging, and surface and hydraulic controls, using hand or power tools and equipment.
- Reads and interprets manufacturers' maintenance manuals, service bulletins, and other specifications to determine feasibility and methods of repair.
- Removes engine from aircraft, using hoist or forklift truck.
- Listens to operating engine to detect and diagnose malfunctions, such as sticking or burned valves.
- Reinstalls repaired or replacement parts for subsequent riveting or welding, using clamps and wrenches.
- Trims and shapes replacement section to specified size and fits and secures section in place, using adhesives, hand tools, and power tools.
- Locates and marks dimension and reference lines on defective or replacement part, using templates, scribes, compass, and steel rule.
- Communicates with other workers to fit and align heavy parts or expedite processing of repair parts.
- Cures bonded structure, using portable or stationary curing equipment.
- Spreads plastic film over area to be repaired to prevent damage to surrounding area.
- Cleans, strips, primes, and sands structural surfaces and materials prior to bonding.
- Removes or cuts out defective part or drills holes to gain access to internal defect or damage, using drill and punch.
- Reads work orders, blueprints, and specifications or examines sample or damaged part or structure to determine repair or fabrication procedures and sequence of operations.
- Repairs or fabricates defective section or part, using metal fabricating machines, saws, brakes, shears, and grinders.