Aircraft Mechanic or Engineer

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Aircraft mechanics or engineers usually specialise as either mechanical engineers who service and overhaul the engines, airframes and hydraulic and pneumatic systems, or avionic engineers who service and overhaul the electronic systems, instruments, flight control, navigation and communication systems of aircraft.

Mechanical and avionic engineers have similar duties and usually specialise in a particular type of aircraft.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for aircraft mechanics or engineers is normally around £19,000 to £22,000 a year. With experience this can rise to between £30,000 and £40,000 a year. Senior engineers can earn £50,000 a year or more.


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Getting In

Most aircraft mechanics or engineers work for commercial airlines or aircraft maintenance organisations. There are also opportunities in the Armed Forces, flying clubs, air taxi companies, aircraft manufacturers, aircraft component workshops and with organisations providing agricultural, ambulance and police aviation services.

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Civil Aviation Authority
Tel: 020 7453 6040
Twitter: @UK_CAA

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Tel: 020 3206 0400
Twitter: @_EngineeringUK

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Tel: 020 7670 4326
Website (2):
Twitter: @AeroSociety

The Royal Aeronautical Society has a website called Careers in Aerospace which provides a wide range of information on careers in the aeronautical industry.

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
Twitter: @SemtaSkills

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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