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Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

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People entrust their lives to aircraft maintenance engineers in the hope that they are properly maintaining and repairing aircraft carriers. When we feel turbulence on a plane or anything that disrupts our general feelings of aircraft safety, we hope that everything on the plane is regularly maintained and in good working condition. Aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs) are responsible for routine maintenance on an aircraft, along with fixing any problems that arise. AMEs are licensed to inspect and certify that work done on aircraft complies with written safety standards.

They also work on preventative maintenance, as certain parts of an aircraft have a limited lifespan. Therefore, when airplane records suggest that a component be replaced, they quickly perform this replacement service so that problems will not occur in the future. AMEs service and repair various parts of an airplane, including airframes, engines, electrical and hydraulic systems, propellers, landing gear, brakes and aircraft instruments. They use special instruments to measure the wear and tear of parts and use x-ray machines to search for cracks undetectable to the human eye.

Aircraft maintenance engineers are responsible for keeping a log of all the repairs and work they do on an aircraft so that safety remains their biggest concern. Before a aircraft returns to the skies, an AME must ensure that all components work properly and safely. Therefore, they put the aircrafts through a number of standard tests, which consequently makes frequent fliers feel a lot safer about air travel.

AMEs may specialize in different types of aircraft, such as small aircrafts, helicopters, propeller-driven airplane and large, turbo transport aircraft carriers. Large aircraft are often quite sophisticated in that they may possess many electronic, electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and propulsion systems.

AMEs must be knowledgeable about aircraft equipment, including radio, radar and instruments, and electro-mechanical systems, including cabin pressure systems, oxygen equipment and altitude measuring instruments. They also need to know about approved repair techniques, safe work practices and aeronautical safety rules, regulations and methods. It is crucial that AMEs keep their skills up to date and remain aware of the latest technologies.
 
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Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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