Aircraft Mechanics


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Aircraft Mechanics

Aircraft Mechanics - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Most aircraft mechanics work at major airports near large cities. Both civilian and military mechanics work on military bases. Large numbers of mechanics work for aircraft manufacturers in California and Washington. Mechanics who work for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) generally work in one of three cities. These cities are Oklahoma City, Atlantic City, or Washington, DC. Mechanics who work for independent repair shops work at airports throughout the nation.

Major employers:

  • National and regional airlines
  • Airports, flying fields, and aircraft servicers
  • Federal government agencies

Outlook

Demand for this occupation is growing. As air traffic increases additional aircraft maintenance will be required. People with skills in the latest technologies and A&P certifications will have better job opportunities.

Job openings will occur as current mechanics retire.

Aircraft Mechanics (CIS 100232)

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Illinois
4,638
Medium
&
3.3%
2.4%
>>>>
401
Moderate
  Champaign Area
32
Small
&
6.2%
-0.9%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
31
Small
&
-3.2%
1.2%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Cook County
3,325
Large
&
-6.9%
0.6%
>>>>
240
High
  Decatur Area
16
Small
&
18.8%
5.5%
>>>>
1
Very few
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
85
Small
&
-1.2%
2.5%
>>>>
7
Few
  Du Page County
436
Medium
&
8.9%
3.3%
>>>>
41
Moderate
  Edwardsville Area
40
Small
&
35.0%
5.5%
>>>>
5
Few
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
22
Small
&
13.6%
5.8%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Lake County
53
Small
&
1.9%
1.9%
>>>>
4
Very few
  McHenry County
23
Small
&
4.3%
2.9%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
29
Small
&
3.4%
1.0%
>>>>
3
Few
  Northwest Illinois Area
27
Small
&
3.7%
2.6%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
91
Small
&
0.0%
-1.9%
>>>>
7
Few
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
15
Very small
&
0.0%
-1.1%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Rock Island-Moline Area
38
Small
&
2.6%
-1.8%
>>>>
3
Few
  Rockford Area
92
Medium
&
-1.1%
0.9%
>>>>
7
Few
  Shawnee National Forest Area
15
Small
&
-6.7%
-2.3%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Springfield Area
29
Small
&
0.0%
0.0%
>>>>
3
Very few
  St Louis-Belleville Area
87
Medium
&
-12.6%
-1.7%
>>>>
5
Few
  Vermilion County
8
Very small
&
12.5%
-3.0%
>>>>
0
None
  Will County
135
Medium
&
23.0%
4.1%
>>>>
15
Moderate
United States
160,000
Large
&
4.6%
3.7%
>>>>
12,900
Moderate
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.