Aircraft Maintenance Engineer: 8 Ground realitiesEditorial Team501|2Last Updated:09:36 am, July 31, 2012
A career as an aircraft maintenance engineer is physically demanding. An aircraft maintenance engineer carries out maintenance and repairs to aircraft.
Students aspiring to become aircraft maintenance engineers should be aware the following factors:
Working in adverse conditions
Most of the work will be outdoors and one will have to work in all sorts of weather – from extreme heat to the bitter cold. The work can be in a hangar or on the airstrip.
Lifting weights may be required as part of the job so engineers need to be in good health. There is very little desk work in this sector.
Adhering to strict deadlines
As air travel increases, these engineers have to adhere to strict deadlines to make sure that flights leave on time.
No fixed hours
There are no fixed working hours. Most aircraft maintenance engineers work in shifts – the length of these shifts will depend upon the employer. Engineers working in airports can be on night shifts as airports operate 24 hours a day.
Accuracy and speed
Aircraft maintenance engineers need to have an eye for detail yet finish the job as fast possible. Passenger safety is critical.
Engineers will need to inspect aircraft, complete engine changes, test and sometimes dismantle aircraft.
There is a lot of learning on the job as not all solutions to a problem will work. Aircraft maintenance engineers will have to refer to their manuals.
Most days start with a meeting with the team to figure out which aircraft require maintenance and repairs. Excellent communication skills are essential as the lives of passengers depend on the work of an aircraft maintenance engineer.
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