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Career Opportunities Skills Needed

A&P licensing is the baseline requirement for work as

  • a general mechanic who services all types of aircraft
  • including jets and helicopters
  • Some mechanics specialize in a particular type of aircraft
  • a particular section, such as the electrical or hydraulic systems, the engine, brakes and landing gear.

 What Type of Work do the jobs consist of?

General A&P mechanics work includes using X-rays or ultrasonic inspection equipment to detect cracks, corrosion and other problems not visible to the eye. Repair work is also done on the aircraft’s framework and skin, which is made up of materials that range from fabric, wood and metal to composite materials. After repairs are completed, equipment is tested before being put back into service.