7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
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Lead statementAircraft 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.
- aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) (except avionics)
- aircraft gas turbine engine technician
- aircraft systems inspector
- certified aircraft technician
- aircraft mechanic
- aircraft repair shop inspector
- aviation mechanical component shop technician
- aircraft inspector
- aircraft repair and overhaul inspector
- aircraft hydraulics mechanic
- flight test inspector
- aircraft structural repair technician
- Completion of secondary school is required.
- A college diploma in aircraft maintenance
or Completion of a four-year apprenticeship program is usually required.
- Several years of on-the-job training are required for aircraft mechanics.
- Aircraft mechanics and inspectors who sign maintenance releases and certify airworthiness require an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer's (AME) licence issued by Transport Canada.
- Trade certification for aircraft maintenance engineers is available, but voluntary, in Ontario, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
- Trade certification for aircraft structural technicians is available, but voluntary, in British Columbia.
- Industry certification from the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council for some occupations in this unit group is available, but voluntary.
- Aircraft inspectors require several years of experience as an aircraft mechanic.
- Aircraft mechanics may progress to foreman/woman, shop supervisor or aircraft inspector.
- With experience, aircraft inspectors may progress to shop inspector or supervisor.
- Aircraft mechanics and inspectors may acquire further endorsements to their AME licence allowing them to inspect and certify a broader range of aircraft and aircraft systems.
- AME licences are issued in the following categories: M – Small and Large Aircrafts, E – Electronic Systems, S – Aircraft Structures.
- Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
- Aircraft engine fitters and assemblers
73167316 Machine fitters)
- Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
- Aircraft non-destructive inspection technicians
22612261 Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians)
- Government airworthiness inspectors
22622262 Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers)
- Supervisors of aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
73017301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades)