Aircraft Mechanics


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Aircraft Mechanics

Aircraft Mechanics - At a Glance

Aircraft mechanics service and repair aircraft and aircraft engines.

Quick Facts:  Aircraft Mechanics
WagesEarn $39,348 - $67,648 per year
EmploymentMedium occupation
10 Year GrowthMore slowly than average
Annual OpeningsModerate

Preparation 

Preparation

The Preparation section describes the education, training, and experience you need to prepare for work in an occupation. This section covers the types of formal and informal training programs you should take. In addition, this topic covers the amount of experience you need to enter an occupation.

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An aircraft mechanic typically needs to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • complete formal FAA-certified training
  • have work experience
  • pass written and oral exams

Working Conditions 

Working Conditions

The Working Conditions section describes an occupation's characteristics. This section covers the conditions and settings that workers in an occupation are exposed to. This list also shows characteristics that a worker needs to do well in the occupation.

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In a typical work setting, aircraft mechanics:

  • Usually work as part of a team of mechanics.
  • Are often exposed to hazardous equipment. There is some possibility of moderate injury from the equipment.
  • Must be sure that all the details of the job are performed and completed accurately. Errors could cause serious harm to the plane or the passengers.
  • Frequently work more than 40 hours a week because overtime is common.

Wages 

Wages

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Two types of information are given about wages--the median wage and the wage range. The median wage is represented by the line in the bar. The median wage is the amount above which half of all workers are paid and below which half of all workers are paid. This is similar to an average. The wage range from the 25% to the 75% is represented by the bar. The 25% means that one-quarter of workers in the occupation earn less than that amount. Similarly, one-quarter of workers in the occupation earn more than the 75%. Move your cursor over the bar to see the wage values.

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In Illinois, aircraft mechanics earn a median wage of $39,348 - $67,648 per year.

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Employment and Outlook 

Employment and Outlook

The Employment and Outlook section gives you information about the size of an occupation, whether it is growing or declining in size, and how many job openings there may be each year.

There are five size categories for occupations in CIS: very small, small, medium, large, and very large. Similarly, five categories are used for the number of job openings: very few, few, moderate, high, and very high.

Five categories are also used for growth: declining, more slowly than average, average, faster than average, and much faster than average. The growth rate tells you how rapidly an occupation is expected to grow in comparison to all other occupations. This information is an estimate. No one can predict exactly how many jobs will be available. The rate of growth of an occupation is determined by several factors. A few major factors are the state of the economy, competition, technological advances, and environmental rules.

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In Illinois, 4,216 aircraft mechanics work in this medium occupation.

LocationEmployment10 Year GrowthAnnual Openings
Illinois4,216
Medium
5.2%
Slow
348
Moderate
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.