Who is an aircraft maintenance engineer?

The essential job of keeping aircraft components and systems in airworthy condition is in the hands of the Aircraft Maintenance Technician.

Job Description : 

Aircraft mechanics maintain, repair, overhaul, modify and test aircraft structural, mechanical and hydraulic systems. Aircraft inspectors inspect aircraft and aircraft systems following manufacture, modification, maintenance, repair or overhaul. Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors are employed by aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul establishments, and by airlines and other aircraft operators.


Perform and ensure proper completion of all maintenance activities both in the hangar and on the ramp;
Ensure aircraft documentation is complete and accurate;
Ensure that all components installed on aircrafts are properly certified;
Carry out duties as per the appropriate maintenance control manual and ensure conformity to Transport Canada regulatory standards;
Attend training courses as directed by company management;
Adhere to the Safety Management System Policy;


Valid Transport Canada license;
Ability to work under pressure and demonstrate strong organizational skills;
Attention to detail;
Team oriented;
Good communication skills:
Completion of Aircraft Maintenance Engineer  diploma program from an Approved Training Organization or experience equivalent.

Duration; 2 years

Tools;  Self Purchased

APPRENTICESHIP: 2.5 years minimum. Mandatory for (AME) licensure.

Median Wage:  An aviation maintenance technician in Canada typically makes between C$34k-C$75k.

Note; These are base salaries and do not include any bonuses, overtime, or profit sharing that may be negotiated by a union. This is important because the extras can make a significant difference to yearly earnings.

Job titles

  • shop inspector, aircraft repair
  • aircraft mechanic
  • aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) (except avionics)
  • aircraft gas turbine engine technician
  • aircraft structural repair technician
  • aviation mechanical component shop technician
  • hydraulic mechanic, aircraft
  • inspector, flight test
  • inspector, repair and overhaul
  • aircraft inspector
  • aircraft systems inspector
  • certified aircraft technician


Job growth prospects:  12%


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