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Aircraft Mechanics

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Work Environment

Aircraft 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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  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $22,641 - $229,900


Aircraft mechanics inspect, service, and repair the Military’s fleet of helicopters and airplanes. These mechanics troubleshoot and maintain the aircraft’s structure, engines, and other components, including mission-critical features such as weapons and electronic warfare, and coatings for stealth purposes.

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 mechanics are offered advanced technical training that prepares them to maintain specific aircraft types and systems. 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

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