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Aircraft Engine Mechanics

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Work Environment

Aircraft engine mechanics work in aircraft hangars and machine shops located on air bases or aboard aircraft carriers. They may work outside on the airfield, or in climate-controlled shops and hangars.

  • Military Status

    Officer, Enlisted

  • Average Military Salary

    $61,036

Overview

Some aircraft mechanics in the Military work solely on the engines, or powerplants, of the aircraft. These mechanics troubleshoot and perform organizational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance on the engines and related components of the Military?s airplanes and helicopters. Aircraft engine mechanics must have specialized knowledge of the mechanical, electrical, and hydraulics principles applying to jet and turboprop engines.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Aircraft engine mechanics are offered advanced technical training that prepares them to maintain specific aircraft engines. Training content may include:

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to use hand and power tools
  • Interest in engine mechanics
  • Interest in work involving aircraft

Related Civilian Careers

  • Helpers--Installation, Maintenance and Repair Workers, Maintenance Workers, Machinery, Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians, First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers, Non-Destructive Testing Specialists, Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians, General and Operations Managers