Aircraft mechanics perform some or all of the following duties:
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 mechanics usually specialize in working on specific aircraft systems such as engines, engine accessories, airframes, propellers, mechanical components or hydraulic systems and specific kinds of aircraft, such as light aircraft, jet transports and helicopters.
Aircraft inspectors perform some or all of the following duties:
Inspect structural and mechanical systems of aircraft and ensure that these systems 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 ensure adherence to standards and procedures
Maintain detailed repair, inspection and certification records and reports.
Completion of secondary school is required.
A college diploma in aircraft maintenance
Completion of a four-year apprenticeship program is usually required.
Several years of on-the-job training are required for aircraft mechanics.
Aircraft inspectors require several years of experience as an aircraft mechanic.
Aircraft mechanics may progress to foreman/woman, shop supervisor or aircraft inspector.
With experience, aircraft inspectors may progress to shop inspector or supervisor.
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.
AME licences are issued in the following categories:
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