All A&P Mechanic jobs require an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration on completion of the necessary requirements. Seperately, Airframe mechanic roles and Powerplant roles require the respective certificates and have significant differences in responsibilities.
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This is dependant on individual job descriptions however an A&P mechanic is typically responsible for inspecting and, where necessary, repairing/replacing the following elements of the aircraft:
The job role also typically includes documenting operation cycles, repairs / maintenance and any problems highlighted by the aircraft’s pilots.
Requirements: A FAA Airframe certificate is required for this role however A&P certificates cover both Airframe and Powerplant mechanic jobs and are considered as a more beneficial certification. Airframe mechanics are certified to service / repair the body, functional parts and components of an aircraft excluding engines and instruments.
Requirements: A FAA Powerplant certificate is required for this role. Typically the responsibilities include servicing engines / powerplants and some roles may extend to propellers.
Preferable Qualities (All roles):
Up to date with technological advances within the industry
Attention to detail
Documents all work precisely
Works well in a team environment
A&P Mechanic Salary:
The average annual A&P mechanic salary in the U.S. excluding overtime is around $53,220. Larger airlines typically offer a higher salary and many salaries tend to be dependant on the level of qualifications the candidate has. Some salaries are based on an hourly rate and are more dependant on the individual to calculate their realistic working capabilities.
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