Airframe & Powerplant Technician
An aircraft and powerplant (A&P) mechanic maintains the airframe and engines of aircraft to meet aviation authority standards. This job involves tasks such as diagnosing mechanical or electrical problems, repairing wings, brakes, electrical systems, and other aircraft components, replacing defective parts, using hand tools or power tools, examining replacement aircraft parts for defects, reading maintenance manuals to identify repair procedures, test aircraft parts with gauges and other diagnostic equipment, inspecting completed work to ensure that it meets performance standards, keeping records of maintenance and repair work.
Traits of an A&P Technician:
- Love for hands-on work
- Drive to take on a challenge and solve problems
- Attention to detail
- The median annual wage for aircraft mechanics and service technicians was $65,380 in May 2021. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $38,270, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $98,590.
- High school diploma required.
- Additional certificates or degrees are also required.