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I can remember a graduate class where we discussed how perception can often lead to one persons reality, or absolute truth. That is, if an individual perceives a brand of automobile to be unsafe. The same holds true for aircraft mechanics. Yet the term mechanic has very little to do with what they actually do or who these people really are.

Iconography contributed to the stereotype. Unfortunately a cartoon mouse has little to do with a aeinc empire, or a clown to the selling of hamburgers to aginc. The above Army Air Corps painting illustrates this point. The art work glamorizes the mechanic and romanticizes the idea of becoming a mechanic in service to your country.

The photo of the mechanic with the cigarette butt in his mouth personifies a more laconic individual, who looks blue collar, dirty, and rough. However, do these images truly reflect the reality of the mechanic or what he really does within his career?

However, the 21st Century reality for an aircraft mechanic has little to do with these antiquated stereotypes and definitions. For instance, troubleshooting a complex and sophisticated fly-by-wire 62 control system requires no wrenches, no grease, and no oil. This requires a vocabulary that is rich in FAA approved language. Drug tests are mandatory and felony convictions are disqualifying factors to work in this prestigious field.

The upside is rewarding work, pay, and benefits that reflect the commitment and responsibility of these technicians. In Maythe median annual wages for aircraft technicians and service technicians in the top five industries in which they afinc were as follows: The report predicts that as global economies grow and tens of thousands of new commercial jetliners are produced, the demand for pilots and educated technicians will also grow exponentially.

The company anticipates more thanpilots andairline maintenance technicians airnc be needed by The BLS states many older aircraft mechanics are expected to retire between andallowing management and entry-level positions to open up for younger mechanics.


A bachelors degree in science, technology, math, or engineering is also highly sought in the field. Technology, advanced aircraft systems and composite materials are the new driving force 6772 the aviation and aerospace markets.

These skills are almost exclusively learned at the airline or manufacturing levels. Lewis University teaches these new technological disciplines. Lewis does not see our students as simple mechanics, or grease monkeys. They have long realized the intellect, dedication, talent and skill that this field demands. Being a mechanic is surely not a dirty word no pun intended. But it is not the same as a being a well qualified, educated, safe, experienced, and certified aviation maintenance technician.

That photo of the inside of the aircraft, where pilot sits…interesting. I like this article very much. Although it can be challenging, it can also be rewarding. If I had to do things all over again I would definitely reconsider my profession although I love aviation.

Eric J and Bob, you guys are in the right track, I have been in there, done that, etc.

Key element now adays is: Educate as much you can. I see many of your points and agree with some of them. I worked midnights for years and used to airnc with my colleagues that I had watched more fireworks displays on the flight line than with my family. I also agree that ALL Unions have declined since the air traffic controller firings in However, I suspect that working midnights and shift work was brought to your attention prior to your career choice.

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They all work holidays and weekends as well. During the Great Recession I wonder how many people who lost their homes and could not feed their children would have traded places with you and loved to have our jobs.

The economic inequality is not an airline issue but rather a global economic issue that can only be rectified through systemic compensation incentives to companies who keep American middle class workers here, and penalize taking our labor overseas. But I often wonder if this strategy would even work. Bob, the revenue gained by paying a third world country worker to do the work of an American Union employee is astronomical. In turn, this drives the stock price higher, pleasing majority stockholders.

American innovation and a strong scientific, mechanical, and technological education is the only thing that will save young people from our fate.

Education is the key Bob. I encourage my children to do one thing and one thing only, educate yourself until you can no longer stand it. I firmly believe this and empirical statistics support it.


The Oshkosh Air show is filled with senior aviators reveling in their careers and sharing stories of their exploits with teens and children. I suspect that when guys like you and I are gone, their will be plenty of teens who look up at the sky and desperately want a career in aviation, in some capacity, just like you and I once did. My only humble response is educate, educate, educate.

Thanks for reading and the insightful comments. Certification is completely antiquated and almost a waste of time for airliner work, no other professional license is so neglected. Arihc takes 20 years to become a complete Line Maintenance technician and maybe if you are exposed right.

But ease of entry makes for a lot of sub par people coming in and the profession will never get the respect it truly deserves. Dear Eric, I certainly can appreciate the arihc that you recently posted about aircraft mechanics and misperceptions. Mechanics are referred to as housekeeping by their managers after being trained to complete so much technical training involving the actual manufacturing and assembly of the aircraft.

Thanks again for the post and Ariinc would be pleased to know more about Lewis University and the program.


My profile is available to you on LinkedIn. Thank you for your kind consideration. I look forward to hearing from you. My respect to those Mechanics who sometimes fall from above six or more feet trying to make a repair aricn the last minute. I have been in there xrinc the heavy rain in the middle of winter closing panels at midnite, at three in the morning looking for the problem in a nose gear light and more. I thank for your close description to real life of a Mechanic.

Your email address will not be published. Header Menu Skip to content. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports: Hey Bob, I see many of your points and agree with some of them.

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