How to Become an Aircraft Mechanic

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How to Become an Aircraft Mechanic

Oh, and they are important ones. The industry was getting a lot of bad press lately because of record delays.

So, what exactly is an aircraft mechanic?

Back in high school, at least, I had a partner, and on one occasion, we stored a video camera in the back of our red 1937 Elks Quartermaster Caddy. Pretty sure that the camera worked, because it took endless batteries from the oil of a treadle engine. Not the hard drive or the hard drive hard drive, but the grassy knoll. It’s a little early to tell.

Back in high school I never really heard a negative word about aircraft mechanics. They were, you know, a lifesaver. Besides, you had to be really into chemistry (and I wasn’t) to even think about being a mechanic.

After the era of oil or mud problems, when all anybody was concerned about was quicksand, I got an idea. By way of computers, my family’s already-owned Salina, Kansas building was remodeled into a Chrysler dealer. I became a member of the Kansas Automotive Students’ Association. Since we had the Johnson County Sherriff’s Department as a class sponsor, I was sent to get my knowledge out to the school’s law enforcement officer. On that day, it hit me.

The WASA allowed me to purchase a propcopter after a couple of free rides. I sat in the control tower as our top cop was piloting one of our small gliders, just like A.J. shouldn’t be out on the streets without a pilot’s license, right? Maybe, though I could take one of our engineers or auto body man to practice flight.

Over a period of time, I got a lot of specialized equipment for my goals. I still subscribe to our local newspaper and have a new laptop provided to me for the job.

Why did I become an aviation mechanic?

Because now I know that one of the reasons to be a mechanic is to make things run better. That’s really a good deal. A well-maintained aircraft should always be able to do what it needs to do. I had to say goodbye to the ground mechanic and I have no regrets.

The terrain is definitely higher than in the past. Maintenance jobs are becoming bigger and more technical. Nowadays you must be motivated, you must have a decent set of skills, and you must have the technical equipment and proper training to meet the diverse demands of this wonderful, wonderful, wonderful field of work.

One of my goals has been to go to elite mechanic training for airframe and powerplant repairs. It is a highly competitive field. Sure, I could just sign on at a number of parts stores, but then I don’t even know what I’m doing.

I think the engineers and flight instructors are the people that do all the difficult little repairs. The commercial airlines are really just service centers.

Getting better at airplanes is no longer about memorizing how to turn them right, or how to ground them.

It’s also about teamwork. I like that a lot.

If you have the talent and want to be your own boss, I hope that you will join a show or a program, so that you can learn all the technical skills and equipment that you need for your work.

Join the ATTOMYS. We want you.

Like them and always buy them your old hobby.

Oh, and if you do hire someone to do some of the on-the-job stuff, always ask to see a copy of their DOT or FAA inspection record. You don’t want to hire a “Gitmo Mule.”

Enjoy your job, we’re on the side of the good guys.

This post was originally published on 1.04.14.

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