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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.
Average Military Salary
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.
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
- Ability to use hand and power tools
- Interest in engine mechanics
- Interest in work involving aircraft
Related Civilian Careers
- Industrial Machinery Mechanics
- Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
- Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers
- Avionics Technicians
- Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists