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Aircraft Mechanic Flying is safer than driving. Everyone knows that (even if they don't actually believe it). But it's true. Flying is actually quite safe compared to most forms of travel. Frequent flyers owe their safety to the aircraft mechanics and aviation technicians who inspect, repair, and maintain the world's airplanes.

What exactly does an Aircraft Mechanic do?

Aircraft mechanics keep planes in peak performance shape. They make sure that all of the parts (both the hardware and computer software), work properly. They do detailed inspections between every flight, and they repair broken parts as needed.

If you became an aircraft mechanic, you would spend the bulk of your time doing preventive care and general maintenance. It's an interesting and challenging line of work. However, given the importance of the job, you'll need extensive training and certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Training for an Aircraft Mechanic

According to the Department of Labor, the FAA requires at least 1.5 years of work experience for certification. In addition, most aircraft mechanics have earned a 2 or 4-year degree from an FAA-certified school. The reasons are pretty clear. After all, if a car malfunctions on the road, it can be a grave inconvenience. If a plane malfunctions in the air, it can spell disaster.

Job outlook for Aircraft Mechanics

The Department of Labor predicts that job prospects are great for aircraft mechanics,assuming that you have completed the requisite training. You can expect to make a median salary of $20 an hour (which is about $40,000 a year assuming you work 40 hours a week). It is not uncommon for aircraft mechanics to receive special travel perks for the planes they help maintain. So if you enjoy fixing things and exploring places, you'd be hard pressed to find a better job.

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