Profession aircraft maintenance engineer

Aircraft maintenance engineers make preflight and postflight inspections, adjustments, and minor repairs to ensure safe and sound performance of aircrafts. They inspects aircraft prior to takeoff to detect malfunctions such as oil leaks, electrical or hydraulic problems. They verify passenger and cargo distribution and amount of fuel to ensure that weight and balance specifications are met.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Airport planning

    Know airport planning for different types of aircrafts; use that information to mobilise resources and people in order to handle the aircrafts while they are in the airport.

  • Engine components

    Know the different engine components, and their operation and maintenance. Understand when repairs and replacement should be undertaken.

  • Aircraft mechanics

    Technicalities over mechanics in aircrafts and related topics in order to perform a wide range of repais in aircrafts.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Electromechanics

    The engineering processes that combine electrical and mechanical engineering in the application of electromechanics in devices that need electricity to create mechanical movement or devices that create electricity by mechanical movement.

  • Mechanical engineering

    Discipline that applies principles of physics, engineering and materials science to design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Electrical wiring plans

    Pictorial representation of an electrical circuit. It shows the components of the circuit as simplified shapes, and the power and signal connections between the devices. It gives information about the relative position and arrangement of devices and terminals on the devices, to help in building or servicing the device. A wiring diagram is often used to troubleshoot problems and to make sure that all the connections have been made and that everything is present.

  • Aircraft flight control systems

    Know the setting, features and operation of aircraft flight control systems. Manage flight control surfaces, cockpit controls, connections, and operating mechanisms required to control the flight direction of an aircraft. Operate aircraft engine controls in order to change aircraft speed.

  • Electronics

    The functioning of electronic circuit boards, processors, chips, and computer hardware and software, including programming and applications. Apply this knowledge to ensure electronic equipment runs smoothly.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Electrical engineering

    Understand electrical engineering, a field of engineering that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.

Skills

  • Manage health and safety standards

    Oversee all personnel and processes to comply with health, safety and hygiene standards. Communicate and support alignment of these requirements with the company's health and safety programmes.

  • Follow manufacturer guidelines in use of airport equipment

    Follow advice provided by manufacturers on the use and maintenance of the different vehicles, equipment, and instruments used in airports. Establish communication processes with manufacturers and understand all the mechanical, electrical, and preventive, actions needed to utilise equipment effectively.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Manage airport development resources

    Direct allocated resources for the design and further development of airport property and facilities; control the costs, quality and timeliness of important projects for airport improvement.

  • Repair engines

    Repair identified problems with internal combustion engines, external combustion engines and electrical motors. Replace and fix faulty parts by using hand and machine tools.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Use testing equipment

    Use equipment to test performance and operation of machinery.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Inspect aircraft for airworthiness

    Inspect aircraft, aircraft components, and aviation equipment to ensure they conform to design specifications and to airworthiness standards following major repairs or alterations. Approve or deny issuance of airworthiness certificates.

  • Diagnose defective engines

    Diagnose engine damage or malfunctions by inspecting mechanical equipment; utilise instruments such as chassis charts, pressure gauges, and motor analysers.

  • Disassemble engines

    Disassemble internal combustion engines, generators, pumps, transmissions and other components of mechanical equipment.

  • Ensure compliance with airport security measures

    Ensure compliance with airport security measures prior to the boarding of planes.

  • Evaluate engine performance

    Read and comprehend engineering manuals and publications; test engines in order to evaluate engine performance.

  • Install electrical and electronic equipment

    Install equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work, or equipment to generate, transfer or measure such currents and fields. This equipment includes switchboards, electric motors, generators or direct current systems.

  • Use power tools

    Operate power driven pumps. Use hand tools or power tools. Use vehicle repair tools or safety equipment.

  • Read engineering drawings

    Read the technical drawings of a product made by the engineer in order to suggest improvements, make models of the product or operate it.

  • Apply technical communication skills

    Explain technical details to non-technical customers, stakeholders, or any other interested parties in a clear and concise manner.

Optional knowledge and skills

electrical systems used in transportation assemble electrical components operate precision measuring equipment manage airport workshops use computerised maintenance management systems operate soldering equipment test electronic units

Common job titles

  • Aircraft maintenance support engineer - mq-1 and/or mq-9 - oconus
  • Aircraft maintenance support engineer
  • Aircraft maintenance support engineer associate
  • Maintenance engineer - ride mechanic (circus circus)
  • Avionics maintenance & diagnostics engineer
  • Junior engineer/scientist ii
  • Fleet support engineer (helicopter maintenance)
  • Quality process engineer i
  • Field engineer ii
  • Mechanical engineer