AME Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Career Overview

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

AMEs 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

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

AMEs 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 Red River College’s Stevenson Campus