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In Summary - Aircraft Mechanic

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The Work - Aircraft Mechanic

  • Learning and developing new practical craft related skill, knowledge and competence
  • Working with and learning from experienced craftspersons
  • Seeing a job through from start to finish
  • Comply with Health and Safety requirements
  • Working with technical drawings and diagrams
  • Using mathematics to solve technical or scientific problems
  • Understanding the scientific uses and properties of materials
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Being well organised and careful with practical tasks
  • Keeping accurate records or reports
  • Being responsible for controlling or adjusting equipment
  • Working with Electricity or Electronics
  • Taking responsibility for own learning, including the allocation of study time
  • Installing and repairing aircraft components
  • Being physically active
  • Passing all your phase exams (theory, practicals skills demonstration)
  • Earning as you learn

Interests - Aircraft Mechanic

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Qualities

As an Aircraft Mechanic you will need to be physically active and to be able to work with your hands.

An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail and an eye for the aesthetic.

The Aircraft Mechanic must have the ability to:

  • Plan and organise
  • Communicate effectively
  • Solve problems
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Recognise the need for good customer relations
  • Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness

Skills

Aircraft Mechanics require many skills including: 

  • Understanding and application of physics
  • Understanding the scientific uses and properties of materials
  • Interpreting technical drawings and diagrams
  • Using mathematics to solve technical or scientific problems
  • Knowledge of electricity and electronics
  • Controlling or adjusting equipment
  • Inspecting and testing of systems and fault diagnosis
  • Performing routine maintenance and repairs
  • Accurate report writing skills and record keeping
  • Service, replace, fault diagnose, repair, function test, inspect, adjust test, rig trouble shoot, adjust and test aircraft structures, systems and engines and their components
  • Composite repairs
  • Non destructive inspection
  • Sheet metal repairs

Safety

  • Hazards avoidance
  • correct use of tools and equipment
  • correct use of personnel protective equipment
  • manual handling
  • evacuation procedures

Standard practices

  • Read and interpret relevant technical documentation
  • read and interpret drawing and the relevant use of computers

Note: A person wishing to become an apprentice Aircraft Mechanic must pass a colour–vision test approved by SOLAS.

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