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

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.

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