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Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Includes helicopter and aircraft engine specialists.

Work Activities
  • 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.
  • Inspect airframes for wear or other defects.
  • Modify aircraft structures, space vehicles, systems, or components, following drawings, schematics, charts, engineering orders, and technical publications.
  • Measure parts for wear, using precision instruments.
  • Examine engines through specially designed openings while working from ladders or scaffolds, or use hoists or lifts to remove the entire engine from an aircraft.
  • Check for corrosion, distortion, and invisible cracks in the fuselage, wings, and tail, using x-ray and magnetic inspection equipment.
  • 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.
  • Disassemble engines and inspect parts, such as turbine blades and cylinders, for corrosion, wear, warping, cracks, and leaks, using precision measuring instruments, x-rays, and magnetic inspection equipment.
  • Replace or repair worn, defective, or damaged components, using hand tools, gauges, and testing equipment.
  • Read and interpret pilots' descriptions of problems to diagnose causes.
  • Test operation of engines and other systems, using test equipment such as ignition analyzers, compression checkers, distributor timers, and ammeters.
  • Spread plastic film over areas to be repaired to prevent damage to surrounding areas.
  • Measure the tension of control cables.
  • Remove or install aircraft engines, using hoists or forklift trucks.
  • Assemble and install electrical, plumbing, mechanical, hydraulic, and structural components and accessories, using hand or power tools.
  • Locate and mark dimensions and reference lines on defective or replacement parts, using templates, scribes, compasses, and steel rules.
  • Fabricate defective sections or parts, using metal fabricating machines, saws, brakes, shears, and grinders.
  • Reassemble engines following repair or inspection and reinstall engines in aircraft.
  • Clean, refuel, and change oil in line service aircraft.
  • Service and maintain aircraft and related apparatus by performing activities such as flushing crankcases, cleaning screens, and lubricating moving parts.
  • Cure bonded structures, using portable or stationary curing equipment.
  • Trim and shape replacement body sections to specified sizes and fits and secure sections in place, using adhesives, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Listen to operating engines to detect and diagnose malfunctions such as sticking or burned valves.
  • Install and align repaired or replacement parts for subsequent riveting or welding, using clamps and wrenches.
  • Remove or cut out defective parts or drill holes to gain access to internal defects or damage, using drills and punches.
  • Accompany aircraft on flights to make in-flight adjustments and corrections.
  • Inventory and requisition or order supplies, parts, materials, and equipment.
  • Clean engines, sediment bulk and screens, and carburetors, adjusting carburetor float levels.
  • Determine repair limits for engine hot section parts.
  • Clean, strip, prime, and sand structural surfaces and materials to prepare them for bonding.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate fitting and alignment of heavy parts, or to facilitate processing of repair parts.
  • Remove, inspect, repair, and install in-flight refueling stores and external fuel tanks.
  • Prepare and paint aircraft surfaces.
Skills
  • 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.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
4
Reading for Information
5
Locating Information
4
Abilities
  • 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).

Knowledge
  • 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.

  • 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.

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Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $54,750/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $26.32/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 3,210
  • Yearly Projected Openings 100
Typical Education
Personality
Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Persistence
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
Tools
  • Screwdrivers
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts
  • Metal cutters
  • Lifts
  • Integrated maintenance information systems
Technology
  • Information retrieval or search software
  • Facilities management software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Analytical or scientific software
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