Airline Mechanics

Written by Robert Mac
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Airline mechanics aren't made overnight; months and months of very specific FAA-approved training are required before a mechanic is certified to service and repair airline planes. And here's the big news: the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 315,000 airline mechanics and engine specialists will be needed in 2005. A little bit of training means a lot of job opportunities.

Potential Employers of Airline Mechanics

Hands-on mechanic experience and FAA certification are exactly what many employers are looking for when they seek to hire airline mechanics. Consider who they are: the U.S. government, the FAA, major commercial airlines, smaller regional airlines, private and corporate aviation, aircraft manufacturers, and the hundreds of institutions that teach aircraft maintenance. It's no wonder we need so many mechanics.

The industry is forever changing. Take, for instance, the field of avionics. This branch is about the airplane electronics--the brains that keeps those huge birds in the sky. As electronics get more and more sophisticated, so do the systems that run aircraft. Since security is such an important issue these days--including electronic communication--avionics has become a much more pressing concern.

Privately owned aircraft that border on rockets are making trips to the very edge of space: aviation is expanding every day, sometimes by leaps and bounds. And each level of advancement will require more and more mechanics to maintain those new fleets. This isn't a dead-end industry; instead, it's just taking off.

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