Aircraft mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Inspect structural and mechanical systems of aircraft and ensure that these systems meet Transport Canada and company standards of performance and safety
B. Inspect work of aircraft mechanics performing maintenance, repair and overhaul, or modification of aircraft and aircraft mechanical systems to ensure adherence to standards and procedures
C. Maintain detailed repair, inspection and certification records and reports.
D. Troubleshoot aircraft structural, mechanical or hydraulic systems to identify problems and adjust and repair systems according to specifications, technical drawings, manuals and established procedures
E. Repair and overhaul aircraft structural, mechanical or hydraulic systems
F. Install or modify aircraft engines and mechanical, hydraulic, flight control, fuel and pneumatic systems
G. Dismantle airframes, aircraft engines or other aircraft systems for repair, overhaul and cleaning, and reassemble
1. Transportation and warehousing - 56.0%
2. Aerospace product and parts manufacturing - 28.0%
3. Public administration - 8.0%
1. In general, you usually need a high school diploma.
2. You usually need a college program in aircraft maintenance or a four-year apprenticeship program.
3. To be an aircraft mechanic, you need several years' on-the-job training.
4. To be an aircraft mechanic or inspector, who signs maintenance releases and certifies airworthiness, you also need an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) licence issued by Transport Canada.
5. Trade certification for aircraft maintenance engineers is available, but voluntary, in the Northwest Territories.
6. Trade certification for aircraft structural technicians is available, but voluntary, in British Columbia.
4. Physical Education
The average hourly wages for Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Inspectors is $23.45/HR, which is above average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.