Young with a dream to fly or fix airplanes can look to a brighter future in an exciting and challenging field.”
World-wide, the business of aircraft maintenance is enormous, and is set to expand. Now that India is one of the fastest developing countries in the world and due to the liberalisation policies of the government, there is tremendous growth in civil aviation here.
Therefore, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering could be an exciting career if you are looking for something technical other than pilot and cabin crew. Although the Aircraft maintenance engineering is just another branch of engineering, but it is a very new field, and those who are anxious about aircraft engineering can pursue their career and make their future adventurous.
HERE’S WHAT RAJENDRA KHASHABA MANE, CHIEF INSTRUCTOR, SCHOOL FOR AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING SAID:
“The Aircraft engineer research, designs, manufactures and maintains the aircraft. They work on any and every mechanical aspect of the craft, including airframes, hydraulics and pneumatics, engines and fuel systems and control and communications systems. The aircraft maintenance engineer is responsible for the control, maintenance and repair of specialized aircraft instrumentation and related parts of the aircraft. They also learn to set engine controls and to test for their correct functioning. They play a major role among the maintenance personnel to keep the aircraft ‘airworthy’ at all times. The maintenance of modern, sophisticated aircrafts calls for a high degree of technical knowledge, competence, proficiency, dexterity and integrity of part of the concerned personnel.”
AME specialists are in demand worldwide and usually get an attractive salary package which slightly changes in different countries. An aircraft maintenance engineer is responsible for ensuring an aircraft operates properly and safely. A maintenance engineer may make repairs, troubleshoot problems, conduct inspections and make upgrades to aircrafts. Daily duties may include keeping records of and performing scheduled maintenance, making emergency repairs, or preparing for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspections.
The basic working week is 37 to 40 hours. However, engineers often work longer hours as work must be finished on time. Most engineers work shifts, that include weekends, to cover all flying hours.
Some pre-flight checks take place outdoors in all weather conditions. Other work takes place indoors in hangars or workshops. Work inside an aircraft often takes place in cramped and awkward positions. It can include kneeling and bending. Some work can be at heights. Workshop-based work can be light.