Aircraft Mechanic Description
There is no special course to become an aircraft mechanic, but taking up aviation-related courses such as Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Technology as well as Aircraft Technician course will give you a good advantage. It will also be to your advantage to have a background in aircraft maintenance and repair. To be an aircraft mechanic though, you need to be licensed by the Air Transportation Office.
Cost of Education:
Aviation-related courses range from P7,000 to P30,000 each semester. The cost per semester though depends upon the course and school.
Top Universities for Course:
- University of Perpetual Help System DALTA
- Red Aeronautics and Technological Institute
- PATTS College of Aeronautics
- University of Bohol
- Philippine State College of Aeronautics
- MATS College of Technology
- FEATI University
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Course Skills and Factors
- You need to have a good analytical mind to be able to diagnose problems and come up with practical solutions.
- You should be fit and can work close to your tolerances.
- You should be ethical and professional.
- Mathematical skills and mechanical aptitude to be able to analyze data and solve aircraft engine and equipment problems.
- Analytical skills to be able to interpret performance tests and measurements as well as aircraft engine evaluation results.
- Practical knowledge and familiarity with hand and power tools.
- Communication skills.
- As an aircraft mechanic, your main task is to examine and evaluate aircraft engines through testing equipment and devices as well as precision measuring tools, making sure that all engine components are fit and in good working condition. If there are adjustments, repairs, and replacements to be made, it is your duty to make sure that the aircraft meets the required specification standards.
Career Outlook and Global Demand
There is a high demand right now for aircraft mechanics abroad. Countries that have intentions of hiring Filipino aircraft mechanics include Singapore as well as Saudi Arabia. Qatar is also looking into the country to hire aircraft mechanics. With qualified aircraft mechanics relocating abroad or retiring, there will be positions that needed to be filled locally.
The starting salary for a junior aircraft mechanic starts at about P20,000 monthly, but if you advance to a higher position, the salary increases to about P30,000 with good benefits such as rice subsidy, continuing education, holiday and special day pay, etc. Overseas though, you can earn as much as P50,000 to P70,000.
Opportunities for Advancement:
While the junior aircraft mechanic gives a good enough salary, advancing to Aircraft Mechanic A position offers more. If you want to advance your career, you need to undergo additional training and continuing education, which will take you about five or six years. From the aircraft mechanic A position, you could also advance to an aircraft inspector position, lead inspector, and even shop supervisor position.