Aircraft Mechanics

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Aircraft Mechanics

Aircraft Mechanics - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, aircraft mechanics:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of contact with people.
  • Communicate daily by talking to others in person. They also talk on the phone and occasionally use e-mail.
  • Usually work as part of a team of mechanics.
  • Are responsible for maintaining safety standards of aircraft.
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  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of other workers and airplane passengers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Are often exposed to hazardous equipment. There is some possibility of moderate injury from the equipment.
  • Regularly wear protective gear, such as gloves or ear muffs.
  • Are exposed to noise and vibrations when testing engines on a weekly basis.
  • Mostly work in hangars or in other indoor areas. They may work outdoors, sometimes in hot or cold weather.
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  • Are exposed to contaminants on a weekly basis.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous conditions, such as when standing on scaffolding.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations. There is some possibility that they could get cut or burned. However, the degree of injury would be slight.
  • Are occasionally exposed to cramped work places that require getting into awkward positions.
  • May work close to others, such as within a few feet.

Work Performance

  • 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.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental tasks.
  • Regularly make decisions that affect coworkers, their employer, and passengers.
  • Often make decisions without consulting someone else first. For complex tasks, they may consult with others.
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  • Can set most of their tasks and goals without checking with a superior first.
  • Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere where daily and weekly deadlines must be met.


  • Frequently work more than 40 hours a week because overtime is common.
  • May work evenings or nights because shifts are scheduled around the clock.
  • Usually work a set schedule.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.