Aviation Technician

Job Description:

An aviation technician maintains, repairs, and inspects aircraft to ensure their safety, performance, and compliance with regulations.

Job Category:
Automotive & Aviation

What you will do:

As an aviation technician, you will be:

  • Performing scheduled maintenance, inspections, and repairs on aircraft systems, components, and structures
  • Diagnosing and identifying mechanical, electrical, or structural issues in aircraft
  • Conducting tests and evaluations of aircraft systems and components to ensure they meet safety and performance standards
  • Keeping detailed records of maintenance and repairs performed, including parts replaced and work completed
  • Ensuring that all maintenance and repairs are done in compliance with aviation regulations and safety protocols
  • Staying up-to-date with industry regulations and standards to ensure aircraft compliance
  • Removing and replacing faulty parts or components using specialized tools and equipment
  • Installing new systems, components, or modifications to improve aircraft performance or meet regulatory changes
  • Conducting pre-flight and post-flight inspections to ensure aircraft safety and readiness
  • Working closely with other aviation professionals, including pilots, engineers, and air traffic controllers
  • Being prepared to respond quickly to unscheduled maintenance needs, especially in critical situations
  • Keeping a comprehensive understanding of aircraft systems, mechanics, avionics, and electronics
  • Ensuring that tools and equipment are properly maintained and calibrated
  • Analysing complex issues and devising effective solutions to ensure aircraft safety and functionality
  • Staying updated with advancements in aviation technology, systems, and best practices


You will need:

  • knowledge in mechanical principles, electrical and avionics systems, aerodynamics and material science
  • knowledge in aircraft systems,  maintenance procedures, troubleshooting, computer skills, blueprint reading and tool use
  • knowledge in safety regulations, emergency procedures, regulations, environmental factors and ethics
  • knowledge in communication, continuing education, and problem-solving

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

While specific GCSE subjects may not be strict requirements for becoming an aviation technician, focusing on the following subjects can provide a solid foundation for pursuing a career in aviation maintenance:

  1. Mathematics: Basic math skills are essential for measurements, calculations, and understanding technical manuals.
  2. Physics: Understanding fundamental principles of physics helps in comprehending aircraft systems and mechanics.
  3. Design and Technology: Learning about mechanics, engineering principles, and technical drawings.
  4. Science: Knowledge of science subjects, such as physics and chemistry, can be beneficial in understanding aircraft systems.
  5. English: Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential for documentation and collaboration.
  6. Information Technology: Familiarity with technology aids in using diagnostic tools and software.

Remember, while these subjects provide a helpful foundation, formal training through an aviation maintenance program or technical school is typically required to become a certified aviation technician.


A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required.
Completion of an aviation maintenance program from an accredited technical school, community college, or training center is essential.


Obtaining an aircraft maintenance technician (AMT) certification from the appropriate aviation authority is a necessity.
In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues the Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate.

Practical Experience

Gaining hands-on experience through internships, apprenticeships, or entry-level positions is valuable.

On-the-Job Training

Some aviation technicians learn through on-the-job training programs provided by employers.

Physical Fitness

Meeting physical requirements for the job, as aviation maintenance can involve physical activities.

Medical Certification

Some aviation authorities require a medical certificate to ensure fitness for the job.

Background Check

Passing a background check for security clearance if working on certain types of aircraft.

Working Hours and Environment:

Aviation technicians work in varying shifts, including irregular hours and weekends, often in hangars or on airfields, performing maintenance and repairs on different aircraft types, while adhering to strict safety regulations and collaborating with colleagues.

Career Path & Progression:

A typical career path for an aviation technician often begins as an entry-level mechanic or technician, then progresses to roles with more specialized responsibilities, such as avionics technician or maintenance supervisor, and can further advance to managerial positions, quality control roles, or even pursuing certifications to become an inspector or instructor within the aviation industry.