Aircraft/Airframe Mechanics

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft.


Airplanes are highly complex machines that require reliable parts and service to fly safely. To keep an airplane in operating condition, aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians perform scheduled maintenance, make repairs, and complete inspections. They must follow detailed federal regulations set by the FAA that dictate maintenance schedules for different operations.

Many mechanics are generalists and work on many different types of aircraft, such as jets, piston-driven airplanes, and helicopters. Others specialize in one section, such as the engine, hydraulic system, or electrical system, of a particular type of aircraft. In independent repair shops, mechanics usually inspect and repair many types of aircraft.

Most mechanics who work on civilian aircraft have either one or both of the FAA’s Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificates. Mechanics who have these certificates are authorized to work on most parts of the aircraft, excluding flight instruments and major work on propellers. Maintaining a plane’s electronic flight instruments is typically the job of specialized avionics technicians.

Career Opportunities:

  • Aircraft / Airframe Mechanic

Employment Opportunities:

Mechanics and technicians work in hangars, in repair stations, or on airfields. They must meet strict deadlines while maintaining safety standards. Most mechanics and technicians work near major airports. Mechanics may work outside on the airfield, or in climate-controlled shops and hangars. Civilian mechanics employed by the U.S. Armed Forces work on military installations.

Employment Outlook:

Employment of aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians is projected to show little or no change from 2014 to 2024.


The average wage and salary earnings are $54,910 annually or $26.40 per hour.


Location and Hours:

  • George T. Baker Aviation Technical College (Certificate – 1440 Hours)