What topics do aircraft mechanics learn?

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Aircraft mechanics must learn a variety of skills and topics. To become an A&P mechanic/Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), you must take five courses:

  • General Technician
  • Airframe Technician Part 1
  • Airframe Technician Part 2
  • Powerplant Technician Part 1
  • Powerplant Technician Part 2

The topics and skills you will cover in these courses include:

  • Demonstrate basic aircraft drawing skills.
  • Perform aircraft weight and balance skills.
  • Master ground operations and servicing duties.
  • Exhibit mathematical skills.
  • Maintain accurate forms and records.
  • Apply principles of basic physics.
  • Explain understanding of maintenance publications.
  • Learn the parts of an airplane and their functions.
  • Engage in professional communication skills.
  • Determine and maintain correct levels of aircraft fluid lines.
  • Adjust and maintain aircraft fittings.
  • Clean and maintain corrosion-control of equipment.
  • Master basic electricity skills.
  • Maintain aircraft covering.
  • Apply aircraft paint and finishes.
  • Maintain wood structures.
  • Repair and/or build sheet-metal and non-metallic structures.
  • Inspect, repair, and maintain aircraft landing-gear systems, hydraulic and pneumatic power systems, cabin atmosphere control systems, and aircraft instrument systems.
  • Weld and assemble rigging and airframe to pass inspection.
  • Inspect, repair, and maintain communication and navigation systems.
  • Demonstrate the skills of an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) with an FAA Airframe rating.
  • Inspect, repair, and maintain aircraft fuel systems, aircraft electrical systems, and position and warning systems.
  • Demonstrate an attitude of safety and care.
  • Inspect, repair, and maintain ice and rain control systems.
  • Exhibit knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration Airframe licensing requirements.
  • Inspect, repair, and maintain aircraft fire-protection systems.

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