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Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Includes helicopter and aircraft engine specialists.   (O'Net 49-3011.00)

 
Reported job titles:   A&P Mechanic, Aircraft Accessories Mechanic, Aircraft Air Conditioning Mechanic, Aircraft Body and Bonded Structure Repairer, Aircraft Cylinder Mechanic, Aircraft Engine Mechanic, Aircraft Engine Specialist, Aircraft Engine Technician, Aircraft Magneto Mechanic, Aircraft Maintenance Director, Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor, Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Aircraft Maintenance Tech), Aircraft Mechanic, Aircraft Motor Mechanic, Aircraft Restorer, Aircraft Rigging and Controls Mechanic, Aircraft Steel Fabricator, Aircraft Structure Mechanic, Aircraft Technician, Aircraft Worker, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A and P Mechanic), Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Apprentice, Airframe Technician, Airline Mechanic, Airplane Mechanic, Airplane Mechanic Apprentice, Airplane Rigger, Airplane Technician, Airplane Tester, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), Aviation Mechanic, Aviation Support Equipment Repairer, Burnisher and Bumper, Carburetor Expert, Carburetor Specialist, Dinkey Engine Mechanic, Engine Installer, Engineman, Experimental Aircraft Mechanic, Experimental Rocketsled Mechanic, FAA Certified Powerplant Mechanic, Flight Test Mechanic, Flight Test Shop Mechanic, Fuel System Maintenance Worker, Heat and Vent Aircraft Mechanic, Helicopter Mechanic, Hydraulic Mechanic, Ignition Mechanic, Jet Aircraft Servicer, Jet Engine Mechanic, Jet Mechanic, Landing Gear Mechanic, Launching Pad Mechanic, Magneto Electrician, Mechanical Developer Prover, Metal Fabricator, Missile Mechanic, Pneudraulic Systems Mechanic, Power Plant Installer, Preflight Mechanic, Propeller Mechanic, Propeller-Driven Airplane Mechanic, Rocket Engine Component Mechanic, Rocket Engine Mechanic, Rotor Blade Installer, Supercharger Mechanic, Trouble Shooter, Vacuum System Tester, X Ray Examiner of Aircraft
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 19.05   $ 22.76   $ 27.42   $ 31.39   $ 33.96   $ 26.97  
    Yearly $39,620   $47,340   $57,040   $65,280   $70,640   $56,110  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 19.17   $ 23.08   $ 28.03   $ 31.67   $ 34.38   $ 27.37  
    Yearly $39,880   $48,010   $58,310   $65,870   $71,510   $56,930  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 17.20   $ 19.99   $ 21.67   $ 23.35   $ 24.36   $ 21.08  
    Yearly $35,770   $41,580   $45,080   $48,570   $50,670   $43,850  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 190 197 0.4% 5
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Support activities for transportation 28.5%
    Air transportation 26.4%
    Transportation equipment manufacturing 15.3%
    Federal government, all industries 14.5%
    Administrative and support services 3.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
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  • Examine and inspect aircraft components, including landing gear, hydraulic systems, and deicers to locate cracks, breaks, leaks, or other problems.
     
  • Conduct routine and special inspections as required by regulations.
     
  • Inspect completed work to certify that maintenance meets standards and that aircraft are ready for operation.
     
  • Read and interpret maintenance manuals, service bulletins, and other specifications to determine the feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components.
     
  • Maintain repair logs, documenting all preventive and corrective aircraft maintenance.
     
  • Modify aircraft structures, space vehicles, systems, or components, following drawings, schematics, charts, engineering orders, and technical publications.
     
  • Inspect airframes for wear or other defects.
     
  • Measure parts for wear, using precision instruments.
     
  • Obtain fuel and oil samples and check them for contamination.
     
  • Maintain, repair, and rebuild aircraft structures, functional components, and parts such as wings and fuselage, rigging, hydraulic units, oxygen systems, fuel systems, electrical systems, gaskets, and seals.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians  updated July 2013
     


    Knowledge
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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians  updated July 2013
     


    Skills
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  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
     
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians  updated July 2013
     


    Abilities
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  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians  updated July 2013
     


    Work Activities
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment - Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians  updated July 2013
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians  updated July 2013
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians  updated July 2013
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology.
     
    • Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician.
     
    • Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 
     

     
     
     
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