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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $22.20/hr
Median: $27.27/hr
Experienced: $30.81/hr

Current Employment
632 (2018)

Projected Employment
682 (2029)

Growth for Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

2018 Jobs2029 JobsChange (2018-2029)% Change (2018-2029)

Industries Employing Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2018)% of Occupation in Industry (2018)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2018)
Federal Government, Military22335.3%3.10%
Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation10516.6%12.5%
Other Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing9414.8%7.6%
Aircraft Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturing7812.3%7.5%
Federal Government, Civilian, Excluding Postal Service6510.30%.4%

Occupational Tasks

  • 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.