Aircraft Component Repair Frequently Asked Questions
what is the average salary for aircraft mechanics in NZ?
The New Zealand system is based around the Licencing of Maintenanace Engineers.
The unlicenced engineer is paid relatively poorly, but again if the individual has worked for a company for a reasonable amount of time, and exhibits outstanding competence, then they may be paid more.
Many people begin in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering industry either as an apprentice/trainee or as an allied tradesperson, so as an allied tradesperson they then work for a few years to absorb the necessary skills to cross over to the new trade.
If the engineer is licenced then the starting salary will be obviously higher as these individuals take the ultimate responsibility for the aircraft being maintained and returning to service.
In addition the licences cover a range of engine types and aircraft types, and the scope of the licence and whether the individual is expected to use the ratings will reflect usually in the pay.
It is possible to earn a six figure salary but only with an unreal amount of overtime, and the likeihood of being away from home for long periods of time.
It is certainly an industry that most individuals are in because they love the work, and not for the money.
Questions about being an aircraft mechanic?
I want to pursue a career in aircraft mechanics when im finished my final year I just need to know some things first
What’s the salary like?
How much in demand is it?
I live in Ontario by the way
Sorry, don’t know what it takes to become certified in Canada, but after being a licensed A&P mechanic in the USA for many years, I can tell you that the job sucks! No respect, lousy pay, miserable working conditions, long hours… And that’s the good part of the job!
TACP or aircraft mechanics?
im scheduled to ship out to lackland march 9th for aircraft mechanics. still unsure of what my specific job will be. but i spoke with a JTAC earlier and now am interested in that field was wondering if any prior TACP’s could let me know how the job is while deployed and while at home? also im wanting to take college courses while enlisted but then again i love the sound of an exciting job which job would be better for me? what is four years like as a TACP?
Are there different levels of aircraft mechanics?
Are there different levels of A&P mechanics, such as level 1, 2, or 3? A master mechanic is someone who holds a Charles Taylor Award, so, is there different levels and what are they based on?
In the USA, aircraft mechanics can hold one of several types of certificates… A repairman’s certificate is for mechanics who specialize in the repair or maintenance of separate components of an aircraft, such as avionics, hydraulics, pneumatics, etc. It is also possible to be certified separately as an airframe mechanic or as a powerplant mechanic. An A&P mechanic is certified to work on all parts of the aircraft.
The “Charles Taylor” award is presented to mechanics who have worked for more than 50 years in the aircraft maintenance career field. There are obviously very few living recipients of the Taylor award.
do aircraft mechanics make more than mechanical engineers?
what career would make me the most money within 5 years or 7, because i don’t want to waist college money on a career thats not going to make me money thats not worth my while.
Aircraft mechanic made more money because overtime.
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