Aircraft engine mechanics maintain and repair mechanical aircraft equipment in order to ensure the safety of its operation. Following procedures in manuals and using their own technical knowledge, aircraft engine mechanics examine engines for defects, test and diagnose engine problems to determine whether the issue is electrical or mechanical, and replace parts, as well as other tasks related to the safe operation of the engine. All parts must be brought to very specific standards that are defined by government regulations. To qualify as an aircraft mechanic, you typically need to have a bachelor's degree as well as government certification.
Job openings for aircraft engine mechanics can be found on the career websites of airlines, e.g. Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, etc. Vacancies can also be found on CareerBuilder, Monster.com, and Indeed. The interview will focus on your technical competencies as well as your availability to work. The position may require occasional travel, as well as overtime and irregular shifts. Due to the stringent inspections from government agencies and the impact of your work, you'll be expected to have very strong attention to detail and be committed to maintaining strong standards of quality for your work. You may also be expected to work at a very fast pace.
To prepare for an interview for an airplane mechanic, keep in mind what's at stake for your employer. The safety of hundreds or thousands of lives depends on your ability to detect defects and make the appropriate repairs. Your potential employer needs to be able to trust that you will adhere to procedures and guidelines, and not take shortcuts. To demonstrate your integrity, try to think of a time when you did something according to a set procedure even when nobody would've known whether you did things accordingly. Be prepared to talk about your technical knowledge of aviation equipment and government regulations. To assure your potential employer about your availability, give specific details about what actions you'll take in order to adapt to their scheduling needs.