Aircraft Maintenance Technician

WHAT YOU DO

Pilots get all the credit for taking us up to 30,000 feet and bringing us back down in one piece, but behind every safe landing is a team of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians. They’re the people working behind the scenes to make sure that the plane you’re sitting in is ready to take flight. Your life is in their hands.

As an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, you’ll work alongside other aircraft trade professionals in a hangar or repair shop, or on an assembly line. As you inspect, maintain and repair different types of aircraft, you’ll quickly learn what makes each one special—from the curve of its wing to where the “black box” flight data recorder is hidden.

Program details

WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to interpret technical manuals, drawings and blueprints
  • How to disassemble and reassemble aircraft
  • How to remove and replace defective aircraft parts
  • How to inspect aircraft and test aircraft systems
  • How to document an aircraft’s maintenance history

WHO YOU WORK FOR

Aircraft Maintenance Technicians work for airline companies, the armed forces, and anywhere where aircraft are engineered, manufactured or maintained.

Types of Workplaces

  • Aircraft Mechanic Shops
  • Airports

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

You’ll be paired with an experienced Technician on the job and learn to inspect and troubleshoot mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic controls and aircraft components. Your sponsor will help you develop the skills to service, repair and maintain a wide array of aircraft.

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Fixers are

ANALYTICAL, DEXTEROUS, MECHANICAL, RESOURCEFUL, SYSTEMATIC

Critical Skills

  • Knowledge of aviation math and physics
  • How to use tools and equipment
  • Understanding of fuel systems, aircraft hardware and structural materials
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Rotary wing control systems
  • Composites
  • Reciprocating engines
  • Propellers

Earn

$53K - $66K annually
$18.00 - $36.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    potential for shift work

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

A Fixer's Story

Kurtis Gordey, 17

Motor Vehicle Body Repairer

Armstrong, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.