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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.

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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:

  • Repair of hydraulic fuel and electrical systems
  • Repair of aluminum steel and fiberglass airframes and coverings
  • Precision measurement and equipment calibration
  • Engine disassembly inspection and repair
  • Soldering techniques

Helpful Attributes

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

Related Civilian Careers

  • Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers
  • Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • Avionics Technicians

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