Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors (NOC 7315)

About this job

Aircraft mechanics:

  • maintain, repair, overhaul, modify and test aircraft structural and mechanical and hydraulic systems

Aircraft inspectors:

  • inspect aircraft and aircraft systems following manufacture, modification, maintenance, repair or overhaul

Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors:

  • work for aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul establishments
  • also work for airlines, the armed forces and other aircraft operators
Common job titles
  • aircraft mechanical systems maintenance technician
  • engineer, aircraft maintenance (AME)
  • mechanic, experimental aircraft
  • technician, aircraft maintenance
  • technician, aircraft propulsion
  • technician, aircraft sheet metal
  • aircraft mechanical systems maintenance technician
  • engineer, aircraft maintenance (AME)
  • mechanic, experimental aircraft
  • mechanic, flight line
  • mechanic, helicopter
  • shop inspector, aircraft mechanical system

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$75,082

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Aircraft mechanics:

  • troubleshoot aircraft structural, mechanical or hydraulic systems to identify problems and adjust and repair systems according to specifications, technical drawings, manuals and established procedures
  • repair and overhaul aircraft structural, mechanical or hydraulic systems
  • install or modify aircraft engines and mechanical, hydraulic, flight control, fuel and pneumatic systems
  • dismantle airframes, aircraft engines or other aircraft systems for repair, overhaul and cleaning, and reassemble
  • perform and document routine maintenance
  • order and maintain inventory of parts and supplies

Aircraft inspectors:

  • inspect structural and mechanical systems of aircraft and make sure they meet Transport Canada and company standards of performance and safety
  • inspect work of aircraft mechanics performing maintenance, repair and overhaul, or modification of aircraft and aircraft mechanical systems to make sure standards and procedures are met
  • maintain detailed repair, inspection and certification records and reports

Special duties

Aircraft mechanics usually specialize in working on:

  • specific aircraft systems such as engines, engine accessories, airframes, propellers, mechanical components or hydraulic systems
  • specific kinds of aircraft, such as light aircraft, jet transports and helicopters

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a controlled indoor environment.
  • Working with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • Work may produce enough noise to cause marked distraction or possible loss of hearing.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • A college diploma in aircraft maintenance or Completion of a four-year apprenticeship program is usually required.
  • Several years of on-the-job training are required for aircraft mechanics.
  • Aircraft mechanics and inspectors who sign maintenance releases and certify airworthiness require an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer's (AME) licence issued by Transport Canada.
  • Trade certification for aircraft maintenance engineers is available, but voluntary, in Ontario, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Trade certification for aircraft structural technicians is available, but voluntary, in British Columbia.
  • Industry certification from the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council for some occupations in this unit group is available, but voluntary.
  • Aircraft inspectors require several years of experience as an aircraft mechanic.

For more information please see the Industry Training Authority website at www.itabc.ca.

Skills

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Spatial Perception
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Object-Oriented
  • Motor Coordination
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Aircraft Mechanic/Maintenance

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Trades training resources

Visit our trades training page at www.workbc.ca/trades to learn about apprenticeship and trades training in B.C.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
50
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
2,380
Average annual employment growth:
0.7%
Expected number of job openings:
920
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
10
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
610
Average annual employment growth:
2.9%
Expected number of job openings:
420
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
450
Average annual employment growth:
-0.2%
Expected number of job openings:
100

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With experience, aircraft inspectors may progress to shop inspector or supervisor.

AME licences are issued in the following categories:

  • M Small and Large Aircraft
  • E Electronic Systems
  • S Aircraft Structures

Aircraft mechanics may progress to foreman/woman, shop supervisor or aircraft inspector.

Aircraft mechanics and inspectors may acquire further endorsements to their AME licence allowing them to inspect and certify a broader range of aircraft and aircraft systems.

Additional resources

  • Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC)
    www.aiac.ca
  • Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) Pacific
    aiacpacific.ca
  • Aerospace Industry Association of British Columbia (AIABC)
    www.aiabc.com
  • Pacific Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Association
    www.pamea.com
  • Transportation Career Development Association (transCDA)
    tcda.ca