We surveyed 2,103 aircraft mechanics to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical aircraft mechanic. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as an aircraft mechanic?

Low

High

Working as an aircraft mechanic typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that aircraft mechanics are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become an aircraft mechanic?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as an aircraft mechanic typically depends predominantly on qualities you’re born with, with a small aspect of skills you can learn.

Is it easy to get a job as an aircraft mechanic?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as an aircraft mechanic. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for aircraft mechanics.

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Do aircraft mechanics work full-time or part-time?

93% of aircraft mechanics work in full-time roles while 7% work part-time.

Is being an aircraft mechanic stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst aircraft mechanics, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as an aircraft mechanic?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be an aircraft mechanic.

How competitive is the workplace for aircraft mechanics?

Low

High

Aircraft mechanics see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being an aircraft mechanic require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Aircraft mechanics will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are aircraft mechanics allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Aircraft mechanics rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do aircraft mechanics have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Aircraft mechanics tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being an aircraft mechanic physically demanding?

Low

High

Being an aircraft mechanic requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are aircraft mechanics exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

The workload of an aircraft mechanic changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.

Does being an aircraft mechanic require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail is a vital skill for aircraft mechanics, as small mistakes can make or break one's ability to succeed in the career.

Does being a good aircraft mechanic require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as an aircraft mechanic.