Aircraft mechanics are responsible for the heart of the plane
Aircraft mechanics work on the manufacture, servicing and maintenance of aeroplanes and their technical systems. They are also responsible for making sure that planes work properly and reliably. They therefore cannot afford to make any mistakes as otherwise a plane can quickly remain grounded unexpectedly, which results in immense costs.
You need to be good at maths and have good manual skills to do this job, because it involves lots of assembling and measuring. Technical drawings serve as a template for assembling separate parts or mounting larger parts. That requires high levels of concentration and precision to make sure that everything fits and is safe in the end. Operating large and special machines is as much a part of the job as monitoring various automated processes.
There are three different specialist areas of aircraft mechanics:
Every aeroplane has to be regularly inspected and serviced. Maintenance means thorough inspections in which the plane and its systems are largely disassembled. Servicing means regular checks during operation. Tyres are not serviced, they are simply inspected and if they are too worn are directly replaced.
The engines are tested thoroughly and where necessary parts are repaired or replaced. The engine is the drive motor of the plane and has to be checked very carefully.
The mechanics build and repair the structural elements of the planes. If a plane flies often, some parts can wear out or break.
By the way: There are various ways of becoming an aircraft mechanic. For instance, training as a maintenance technician at Lufthansa Technik AG lasts 3.5 years. In the second year of training you will already be working on the planes or in the workshops.
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