Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Inspectors

(NOC 7315)

in All Trades and Transportation

Aircraft mechanics maintain, repair, overhaul, modify and test aircraft structural, mechanical, and hydraulic systems. Aircraft inspectors inspect structural and mechanical systems of aircraft and aircraft systems following manufacture, modification, maintenance, repair, or overhaul and certify that these systems meet standards of performance and safety. Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors work for aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and overhaul businesses, and by airlines and other aircraft operators. Nova Scotia's aviation industry focuses on maritime aviation, composition fabrication, and electronic assemblies. Aircraft mechanics usually specialize in working on specific aircraft systems like engines, engine accessories, airframes, propellers, mechanical components or hydraulic systems and specific kinds of aircraft like light aircraft, jet transports and helicopters.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 100 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Inspectors most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 76% of Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Inspectors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $66,047. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$17.31

Minimum

$27.58

Median

$48.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$45,321

Minimum

$65,603

Median

$91,792

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Aircraft mechanics maintain, repair, overhaul, modify and test aircraft structural, mechanical, and hydraulic systems. Aircraft inspectors inspect structural and mechanical systems of aircraft and aircraft systems following manufacture, modification, maintenance, repair, or overhaul and certify that these systems meet standards of performance and safety. Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors work for aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and overhaul businesses, and by airlines and other aircraft operators. Nova Scotia's aviation industry focuses on maritime aviation, composition fabrication, and electronic assemblies. Aircraft mechanics usually specialize in working on specific aircraft systems like engines, engine accessories, airframes, propellers, mechanical components or hydraulic systems and specific kinds of aircraft like light aircraft, jet transports and helicopters.

Job duties

Aircraft mechanics:

  • Troubleshoot aircraft structural, mechanical, or hydraulic systems to identify problems and adjust and repair systems according to specifications, technical drawings, manuals, and established procedures.
  • Repair and overhaul aircraft structural, mechanical, or hydraulic systems.
  • Install or modify aircraft engines and mechanical, hydraulic, flight control, fuel, and pneumatic systems.
  • Dismantle airframes, aircraft engines or other aircraft systems for repair, overhaul, and cleaning, and reassemble.
  • Complete and document routine maintenance.
  • Order and maintain inventory of parts and supplies.

Aircraft inspectors:

  • Inspect structural and mechanical systems of aircraft and ensure that these systems meet Transport Canada and company standards of performance and safety.
  • Inspect work of aircraft mechanics performing maintenance, repair and overhaul, or modification of aircraft and aircraft mechanical systems to ensure adherence to standards and procedures.
  • Maintain detailed repair, inspection and certification records and reports.

Sample job titles

  • aircraft engine mechanical systems technician
  • aircraft engine tester
  • aircraft inspector
  • aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) (except avionics)
  • aircraft maintenance technician
  • aircraft mechanic
  • aircraft structural repair technician
  • flight test inspector

Skills

This work requires excellent spatial and form perception, agility, and coordination. You must be physically fit and have good eyesight and hearing. The ability to follow instructions and perform with a high degree of accuracy is essential. An interest in electronics, machine work, and general mechanics may be helpful.

Job requirements

  • High 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.
  • Industry certification from the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council for some jobs in this group is available, but voluntary.

Other considerations

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 add 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 Aircraft, E-Electronic Systems, S-Aircraft Structures. AME licences are issued in the following categories: M-Small and Large Aircraft, E-Electronic Systems, S-Aircraft Structures.

By the numbers

Quick look

915

employed in 2016

98.9%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

7.1%
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92.9%
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40.2

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

59.6%

Halifax

27.9%

Annapolis Valley

8.7%

North Shore

2.2%

Cape Breton

1.6%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

48.3%

Transportation and warehousing

25.9%

Public administration

16.1%

Manufacturing

4.0%

Wholesale trade

2.3%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

27.0%

45-54

26.0%

25-34

22.0%

35-44

14.0%

55-64

8.0%

15-24

3.0%

65+

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

49.5%

College certificate or diploma

$61,993 median annual income
28.0%

Trades certificate

$66,481 median annual income
15.4%

High school

$65,717 median annual income
2.7%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
2.7%

University certificate or diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trades certificate

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College certificate or diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor's degree

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all aircraft components other than engines, propellers, avionics, and instruments. These programs include courses in layout and fabrication of sheet metal, fabric, wood, and other materials into structural members, parts, and fittings, and replacement of damaged or worn parts such as control cables and hydraulic units.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Avionics maintenance technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of aircraft operating, control, and electronic systems. These programs include courses in flight instrumentation, aircraft communications and homing systems, radar and other sensory systems, navigation aids, and specialized systems for various types of civilian and military aircraft.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Not Provincially Regulated: This job may be regulated by a federal regulatory body.

Regulating body:
Transport Canada - Civil Aviation Services
45 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4K2
(800) 305-2059

Contacts

Transport Canada, Civil Aviation
50 Selfridge Way
Enfield, NS B2T 1K3
Tel: (902) 873-1376
Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace
155-955 Green Valley Crescent
Ottawa, ON K2C 3V4
Tel: (613) 727-8272
Fax: (613) 727-7018

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