By Jul DeGeus
By Jul DeGeus
Aircraft maintenance technicians (AMTs) are essential to the airline industry. AMTs are commonly referred to as A&Ps which is an abbreviation for Airframe and Powerplant technicians. They perform pivotal maintenance on aircraft and aircraft systems. AMTs also perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). They work at repair stations, in aircraft hangars and on airfields.
Aviation International News reported in May that aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus say that about 500,000 extra pilots are needed during the next 20 years. Boeing has also predicted that aviation maintenance technicians will be in even greater demand—to the tune of 600,000 by 2031. JSfirm.com agrees technicians will be in more demand than pilots—to the tune of 30 percent of planned aviation hiring for technicians versus 7.5 percent for pilots. This shortage could create a great opportunity for you.
Orville and Wilbur Wright get the majority of the accolades for inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane, and it’s certainly well deserved.
But behind the scenes on that December day in 1903 was an equally important but far less celebrated aviation pioneer: Mr. Charles Edward Taylor.
Taylor was perhaps the world’s first aviation maintenance technician and the man who built the engine used by the Wright brothers to make the first controlled, powered and sustained flight with a pilot aboard.
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians repair and replace airplane parts, diagnose problems, maintain or exceed performance criteria, document their work and much more as part of their responsibility in keeping air passengers and crew safe. They work in many types of environments: outside, inside in hangars and repair stations and at airfields. Their employers include private industries and the federal government, and these employers look for certain training qualifications.