Aircraft Mechanic

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Youtube clip – Meet a Aircraft Mechanic

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What is an Aircraft Mechanic?

Aircraft Mechanics are in demand!

The job of an Aircraft Mechanic is to keep planes operating safely and efficiently. People’s lives are at stake which makes this job extremely important. You have to be very responsible.

Aircraft Mechanics regularly service aircraft, overhaul engines and parts and test the every-day smooth running of the aeroplanes.

Some Aircraft Mechanics specialise in:

  • hydraulics
  • propeller-driven planes
  • engines etc

Aircraft Mechanics are employed in airports, aircraft hangers, and aircraft constructing companies.

What does an Aircraft Mechanic do?

  • makes safety inspections
  • services of the aircraft regularly
  • troubleshoots and solves problems
  • overhauls engines and parts
  • repairs parts / installs new ones
  • tests various parts and engines
  • orders parts
  • keeps strict records

Are you … ?

  • interested in aircraft?
  • mechanically minded?
  • methodical?
  • a problem solver?
  • patient?
  • trustworthy?
  • technical?
  • organised?
  • diligent?
  • literate?  Can you read technical manuals?

How do I become an Aircraft Mechanic?

  • Most Aircraft Mechanics do a BSc in Mechanical Engineering specialising in aeronautical engineering.
  • Some do a BTech in Mechanical Engineering at a university of technology.
  • Check with your local institution to see what they offer.

The following are some private placesyou can train at:


Places that may offer training/employment:

  • SAAT
  • Private Provider


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic … or …  Automotive Mechanic … or … Aerodynamist

Is becoming an Aircraft Mechanic the right career choice for me?