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Flight Engineering Technicians

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Work Environment

Flight engineering technicians live and work on air bases or aboard ships in all areas of the world. They fly in hot and cold climates and in all types of weather.

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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 - $242,609


Flight engineering technicians perform aircraft inspections, including aircrew visual inspection, aircraft maintenance, and preflight, through-flight, and postflight inspections. They perform aircrew administration, flight/ground training, internal/external cargo movement, medical evacuations, and passenger transport. They also serve as crew members aboard military aircraft.

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. Flight engineering technicians develop skills through classroom instruction and on-the-job experience in aircraft inspection and flight operations. Training content may include:

  • Operation of aircraft systems
  • Pre-flight in-flight and post-flight inspection of aircraft engines structures and systems
  • Preparation of records and logs
  • In-flight refueling
  • Basic weight and balance
  • Emergency procedures including evacuation

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Interest in working with mechanical systems and equipment
  • Skill in using wiring diagrams and maintenance manuals
  • Strong desire to fly

Related Civilian Careers

  • Airline Pilots, Copilots and Flight Engineers
  • Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • Avionics Technicians
  • Airfield Operations Specialists