Aircraft maintenance technicians install, maintain, repair and overhaul aeronautical products including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and computerized equipment. They must rigorously check and inspect equipment to make sure hazards are identified and corrected, and that they meet Transport Canada standards of safety and performance. Their work typically consists of assembling and disassembling equipment, inspecting it or performing routine maintenance, such as cleaning/lubricating or adjusting components and systems. An aircraft maintenance technician may specialize in specific aircraft systems as part of an AMO (Aircraft Maintenance Organization) shop such as engines, airframes, avionics or hydraulics.
With experience, aircraft maintenance technicians may progress to becoming a licensed AME. From this base, an AME can career path to many different areas within the Aviation Industry including but not limited to Aircraft Maintenance Supervisors, Inspectors etc.
Traits, Talents and Training
Aircraft maintenance technicians need manual dexterity and good hand-eye coordination. Further, they must be in good physical condition, since heavy lifting and climbing may be required. They must be able to interpret and follow written instructions, technical drawings and computer based information. Good mechanical aptitude, color vision, spatial perception and hearing are required.
As the required skill level has increased due to the aircraft mechanical and control systems becoming more complex and increasingly computerized, an understanding of automated machinery as well as good communication and analysis skills are very important.
Training is an integral part of upgrading and staying abreast of technological improvements. Therefore, AME's are always increasing their knowledge base and financial gains.
People in this group are employed by aircraft manufacturers, maintenance and overhaul organizations, airlines and other aircraft operators. Outdoor maintenance and inspection is also part of an AME's duties whether at an Airfield or in the middle of the bush. An aircraft maintenance technician can not be afraid of heights, as they may work on the top of jet wings, fuselages (main body) or on top of helicopters.
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