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Top 5 Coolest Things About Being an Aircraft Mechanic






If you've been snooping around my website for awhile, one thing you’ve probably figured out is that I love my career.

I’m very passionate about aircraft (airplanes, helicopters, drones, and anything else that can leave the ground)!

I love flying in them and I also love getting up and going to work on them. Simply put, I love being an aircraft mechanic.

This career comes with a lot of great benefits, and I’m always talking to people who ask me questions about doing this type of work.

I decided to sit down and make this list to give you an idea of some of my favorite things that come with working as an aircraft mechanic.

Here are the top 5 things I love about doing the work that I do:



5. You’re not stuck behind a desk.

I’ve never been the type of person who likes to sit behind a desk. I didn’t like it all those years I was in school, and I don’t like it now.

I don’t even like being indoors, for the most part. During my free time you can usually find me out in the yard, out on the lake, or outside working on something.

I love the fact that I’m not stuck behind a desk while I’m doing my job.

I’d much rather be climbing on an aircraft engine, working out on the wing, or crawling around on top of the fuselage.



4. You get to work with your hands and actually use your brain.

One of my best friends is a truck driver and he’s always talking about how boring his job is, especially since he drives at night a lot.

He’s always talking about the things he has to do to keep himself awake, and how just sitting behind the wheel can be so tiring because of the lack of activity.

Another one of my good friends has a desk job at a large tech company. It’s funny, because he says the same thing as our friend who drives the truck.

I could never, ever do either one of those jobs.

Working on aircraft can actually be exciting, because every maintenance task can be different from the one before.

I love not knowing what I’ll be doing during the day, and I love having to actually think and work with my hands to fix things.



3. You get to work with some really great people.

Throughout my 20-year career in the aviation field, I’ve made so many great friends and met so many wonderful people. It’s a very common thing for me to be walking in a store and see someone I’ve worked with in the past.

Just a year or so ago, I was walking in a store in another part of the country while my family and I were on vacation, and I ran into an old friend I hadn’t seen in nearly 10 years.

Working on a crew of aircraft mechanics, sometimes it’s more like a family instead of just people working at a company and doing a job.

I’m good friends with people from nearly 30 different countries, and I love working around so many great people.



2. You can make really good money.

It’s very important that you understand something: Whenever you see me talking about the money I make on this website, you have to understand I’m not bragging about how much money I have and all the things I have. That’s not what I’m doing at all.

I’m simply letting you know that yes, you CAN make some really good money in this career.

As I discuss throughout this site, I haven’t made less than $70,000 a year in a long, long time, and usually I make around $85,000 a year.

Some years I’ve made well over $100,000. As a matter of fact, just a couple of years ago I made over $120,000.

I have a great life because of all the money I make, and that’s why this is number 2 on my list. So many people struggle and live paycheck-to-paycheck, and I’m very thankful that I don’t have to do that. My family and I have plenty of money to do whatever we need and want to do.

Many aircraft mechanics make great money, and you can too. You can have an excellent salary as an aircraft mechanic.



1. Your work keeps people safe.

Without a doubt, the number 1 coolest thing for me is that I get to keep people safe.

There aren’t a lot of careers where the work you do will directly affect the safety of others, and to me that’s really, really cool.

It’s also really special. Every time I perform a maintenance task on an airplane, I think about how the task relates to the people who will be flying on that aircraft.

As an aircraft mechanic, you never know when you might pass someone on the street that has flown on an aircraft you have serviced.

Just think, the aircraft I worked on today, yesterday, last week, 2 months ago, 5 years ago—you or someone you know could have been a passenger on any one of those aircraft.

My work, as well as the work of my fellow aircraft mechanics, could have been directly responsible for your safety while you were flying through the air.



So, those are my top 5 coolest things I like about my job and my career.

To be honest, I could probably list a hundred more things that make me enjoy getting up in the mornings and going to my job.

I also love talking about my career.

That’s one of the main reasons I made this website, to share my advice with others who might like to become an aircraft mechanic.

If you’re interested in finding out how you can have a great career in this field, you need to spend a measly 5 minutes and take my Aircraft Mechanic Career Assessment: