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Flight engineers must undergo considerable education and training. Although a high school diploma is the minimum requirement, almost all employers expect at least two years of college education. This profession also requires a license through a regulatory agency. In the United States, flight engineers must be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Similar licenses are offered in several other countries. To obtain this type of certification, prospective applicants are required to have finished a two-year course in aircraft and engine maintenance. These courses come with written exams which focus on weather effects, engine performance, flight theory and maintenance procedures. An in-flight exam is also required, which tests the candidate's ability to effectively handle emergencies.

In addition to sufficient training and aircraft expertise, applicants must also be physically ready. They must be medically approved for the job. Excellent eyesight, full color vision, sufficient hearing and no lung or heart problems are a necessity.

Successful flight engineers need several other skills too. They must be acute problem solvers and have the ability to interpret scenarios with little information. They should be very observant and patient, taking the time to check all systems thoroughly. Finally, they must handle high pressure situations well, in case of emergency.

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Flight Engineers by Strongest Interest Archetype

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Education History of Flight Engineers

The most common degree held by Flight Engineers is Mechanical Engineering. 38% of Flight Engineers had a degree in Mechanical Engineering before becoming Flight Engineers. That is over 23 times the average across all careers.

Flight Engineer Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Flight Engineer, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Flight Engineers % of population Multiple
Mechanical Engineering 37.5% 1.7% 22.6×

Flight Engineer Education Levels

43% of Flight Engineers have a bachelor's degree. 33% of Flight Engineers have an associate's degree.

No education 2%
High school diploma 21%
Associate's degree 33%
Bachelor's degree 43%
Master's degree 1%
Doctorate degree 0%

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Career Attributes

  • 3.5
  • Aerospace Engineering
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