AME Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Career Overview

Aircraft mechanics maintain, repair, overhaul, modify and test aircraft structures, mechanical and hydraulic systems.

Aircraft mechanics perform some of the following tasks:

  • troubleshoot aircraft structural, mechanical or hydraulic systems to identify problems
  • adjust and repair systems according to specifications,technical drawings, manuals and established procedures
  • repair and overhaul aircraft structural, mechanical or hydraulic systems
  • install or modify aircraft engines, mechanical, hydraulic, flight control, fuel and pneumatic systems
  • dismantle airframes, aircraft engines or other aircraft systems for repair, overhaul and cleaning
  • reassemble, perform and document routine maintenance
  • order and maintain inventory of parts and supplies.

Career Progression

Aircraft mechanics may progress to lead hand, shop supervisor or aircraft inspector. Aircraft mechanics may acquire further endorsements for their AME license allowing them to inspect and certify a broader range of aircraft and aircraft systems.

Aircraft mechanics usually specialize on specific aircraft systems such as engines, engine accessories, airframes, propellers, mechanical components or hydraulic systems and specific kinds of aircraft, such as light aircraft, jet transports and helicopters.


AME licenses are issued in the following categories:

  • General Maintenance
    M – Aircraft
  • ¬†Specialized Maintenance
    E – Avionics Systems
    S – Structures

For Career Training

 AME at Stevenson Aviation and Aerospace Training at RRC