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Aircraft Mechanic Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Aircraft Mechanic interview, here are 25 interview questions and answer examples.

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Give an example of a time that your attention to detail helped to avoid a potential mistake on the job.

How to Answer

As you are well aware, attention to detail is a critical part of the role of any successful Aircraft Mechanic. Whether it is working under the very specific FAA standards or the precision required in the fine tunings of a turbojet engine, your interviewer will be relying on you to be very detail oriented if hired for this role. As you answer this question, try to think of a time when you can describe how detail oriented you were and what would have happened in that particular situation, if you were not. Make sure that your interviewer walks away from your time together confident in your ability to be as detailed in your work as possible by talking about how you take the necessary time to ensure that all of the detailed parts of your work are completed before moving on to the next task.

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25 Aircraft Mechanic Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Give an example of a time that your attention to detail helped to avoid a potential mistake on the job.

      How to Answer

      As you are well aware, attention to detail is a critical part of the role of any successful Aircraft Mechanic. Whether it is working under the very specific FAA standards or the precision required in the fine tunings of a turbojet engine, your interviewer will be relying on you to be very detail oriented if hired for this role. As you answer this question, try to think of a time when you can describe how detail oriented you were and what would have happened in that particular situation, if you were not. Make sure that your interviewer walks away from your time together confident in your ability to be as detailed in your work as possible by talking about how you take the necessary time to ensure that all of the detailed parts of your work are completed before moving on to the next task.

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      1st Answer Example

      "As a person that firmly believes that the lives of others are in the hands of my work, I never take shortcuts or move on to the next task until I know that all of my work is completed. A few months ago, my team was working on an engine reinstall on a plane that needed a full replacement. We had a few mechanics working together as a team and the entire install took a pretty good amount of time and teamwork. When completed, I took the time to walk through our final engine installation safety checklist one last time and noticed that one of the critical fuse pins, used to mount the engine, had been installed improperly. I gathered my team back and explained what had happened and the need to immediately fix it. Had I not caught this mistake, I am confident it would have been caught in final overall inspection, but you can never be 100% sure of anything. I'm just glad I did my due diligence that day."

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  • 2. Which facet of the work of an Aircraft Mechanic do you excel at compared to your peers?

      How to Answer

      This question gives you the perfect opportunity to set yourself apart from your potential competition for the job. To do this, be sure to research the fine details of the position ahead of the interview, and point out one skill that you excel in that the airline you are interviewing with can really utilize on their team of mechanics. Where you take your answer to this question is totally up to you in the end, as you can talk about on-the-job skills, personality traits, or interpersonal skills. Whichever way you take it, make sure that it sets you apart from your competition for the job and relates to the duties of the job.

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      1st Answer Example

      "With the wealth of well-rounded experience that I would bring to your team, I am confident that my overall inspection skills are top notch and would contribute greatly here. I have many years of experience of inspecting completed work on engines, wings, brakes, and all other aircraft components and am always diligent about keeping accurate records of these inspections."

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  • 3. How do you work effectively under stressful, pressure-packed situations on the job?

      How to Answer

      There will be days on the job as an Aircraft Mechanic that are very stressful and your interviewer will be looking to hear that you have the ability to manage these action-packed days with ease. As you answer this question, try to explain to your interviewer that you focus on the tasks at hand and take things one at a time to help alleviate stress on a hard day. Another tip to answering this question is to focus on some of the tools that you use to help you stay focused and on task when you have many different things calling for your attention at one time.

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      "As a person that really thrives in pressure situations and those long days where a million things need to be done, I find myself successful in these situation by staying focused on one task at a time. I've seen many other colleagues come close to losing their sanity by worrying about the next job before the current one is finished, and that most often leads to sloppy work. I always have a daily to-do list on my phone, and I rely on that throughout each work day to keep me on track. Continuously adding and crossing items off my list and reprioritizing my tasks is something that comes second nature to me from my years of experience as a mechanic."

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  • 4. What are some of the key safety precautions you would take if you were tasked to change a wheel on an airplane?

      How to Answer

      While your interviewer likely can tell from your resume and training that you have the technical skills and abilities to change a wheel on an airplane, they are looking to hear about the necessary steps you take to ensure that the task is done safely. On top of the standard safety precautions like chocking the wheels, be sure to also talk about other checks you make on the overall assembly of the wheel, both prior to changing and after changing the wheel.

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  • 5. The next Aircraft Mechanic we hire needs to be relied upon to show up to work every day they are scheduled. Tell me about your attendance record in your current job over the past year.

      How to Answer

      Your interviewer is seeking an Aircraft Mechanic that can be relied upon to show up for work on time, each and every day. They're asking this question to get your overall philosophy on punctuality and attendance on the job. As you talk about your attendance record, be up front and honest about your vacation days that you used, how much notice you were required to give, and how much notice you gave for each block of time off. Also, talk about any unplanned days you needed off for sickness or other emergencies, and let your interviewer know of the urgency of situations that would keep you away from work. In the end, ensure that your interviewer walks away from the interview confident in your ability to be relied upon for the job.

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  • 6. How do you work with others that are from different cultural backgrounds than you? How do you seek to understand their perspective?

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      Diversity and inclusion in the workplace will continue to push to the forefront for all industries and your interviewer is looking to hear your personal thoughts and experiences working with people from different backgrounds than you. Rather than give a canned, generic answer, speak from your heart and talk about the importance that varying viewpoints can have on the job as an Aircraft Mechanic, and speak to direct experiences that you have in working with others from culturally diverse backgrounds.

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  • 7. If I were to talk to your previous supervisors and colleagues, how would they describe your work ethic?

      How to Answer

      As an Aircraft Mechanic, you know that some of the key factors that lead to success in the job are hard work, attention to detail, determination and aptitude. While some of these can be talked about in relation to your work ethic, try to focus your answer on some key areas that are highlighted in the company's mission and values. To do this, try to research the airline that you are interviewing with as much as possible prior to your interview. As you research, you'll likely find that some common work ethics involve accountability, respect and dependability.

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  • 8. What personal protective equipment are you used to utilizing in your work and do you have any issues with standard PPE in this line of work?

      How to Answer

      While not high on the list of most dangerous careers, being an Aircraft Mechanic does come with some inherent safety risks that simple PPE can help reduce the risk of occurring. While looking to hear what types of PPE you have worn in your work in the past, your interviewer will ideally be looking to hear that you respect the use of protective equipment for yourself and those you work with and understand why PPE is so important to the overall health and safety of a company and its employees. Any way you answer this, make sure that your interview walks away from your conversation knowing that you believe in the use of PPE.

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  • 9. What is the latest news that you've heard about our airline?

      How to Answer

      Your interviewer is asking this question to hopefully get a couple of bits of information out of you. First, they'll be looking to hear that you have done your research on their company by reading a bit about them and recent happenings. Next, they'll be looking to hear that you have some personal investment into the organization that brought you to interview with them. Prior to your interview, try to research the company as much as possible so you have the ability to talk about one or two exciting things happening there that you can get on board with, if hired for this role. As you answer, try your best to speak with personal conviction.

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  • 10. How would you rate your knowledge of the ATA codes?

      How to Answer

      As a certified Aircraft Mechanic, you need to at least have some working knowledge of the Air Transport Association Chapters, or system codes. Confirm to your interviewer that you have knowledge of what the codes are and what the overall significance of the codes mean in your work as an Aircraft Mechanic. Then, talk about the specific codes that you have firsthand knowledge with, through the work you've done in the past. As you answer, it doesn't hurt to mention that you enjoy learning more and more of the codes as your career progresses.

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  • 11. What would you say you enjoy the most about being an Aircraft Mechanic?

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      At the heart of this question, your interviewer is looking to really get insight into your personal drive and desire for working as an Aircraft Mechanic. If they look to hire you for this role, they want to be ensured that you are dedicated to your craft and to the betterment of the team that you will be joining. While certainly an open-ended question that allows you to really talk about where your passion lies within the field, be sure to display that passion to your interviewer as you answer this question.

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  • 12. Have you ever performed maintenance on an integrated drive generator system on an aircraft?

      How to Answer

      As you look to interview for an Aircraft Mechanic role with a large airline, you can certainly expect some technical questions like this to pop up. Whether you have the direct experience working with an IDG or not, your interviewer will at least be looking to hear that you are familiar with the fact that they are used on large commercial airplanes to help supply electrical power. They'll also look to hear that you have knowledge of the IDG's requirements for maintenance on the oil within the system as a regular part of the work that you'll perform. If you do have direct experience, be sure to talk about that as you answer this question.

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  • 13. Talk about a time that you had to solve a problem quickly on the job. What steps did you take to ensure a great result?

      How to Answer

      This question allows your interviewer the chance to test your overall problem-solving abilities. As you are aware, success as an Aircraft Mechanic involves a great deal of problem solving and your interviewer will be expecting that you are the type of person that can actively solve them when they arise. As you answer this question, focus on your ability to identify the problem, carefully analyze potential solutions, and then take action to fix the situation. Your interviewer will commend any ability that you show to prove that you were meticulous in your thought process and that you were resourceful in the steps that you took.

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  • 14. Talk about your educational background and how that has prepared you for success as an Aircraft Mechanic.

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      As an Aircraft Mechanic, you are well aware of the educational requirements that most airlines require for the position. As you apply and prepare to interview, it is important to read the job posting carefully to ensure that you meet the educational requirements for the role. As you answer this question and talk about your education, try to focus on how your training has prepared you for success in this particular role, and make sure to highlight what your education will do for your future in this role. If you had any specific trainings or certifications that are not on your resume, now is a good time to brings those up as well.

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  • 15. What drew you to a career in aircraft mechanics?

      How to Answer

      During your interview, your interviewer will throw some questions your way that show some insight into your personal drive and motivation. This question is one of those questions. Ideally, they are looking to hear that you have a strong inner motivation to be successful in this field with their company by hearing that you have both the mechanical aptitude and the desire to work on aircraft. As you prepare an answer for this type of question, try to dig from both your own personal interests and your skills and abilities to prove to your interviewer that this was the right career choice for you.

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  • 16. The work of an Aircraft Mechanic has some physically demanding requirements. Are you able to handle the physical requirements of this job?

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      While you know that the work of an Aircraft Mechanic can be physically demanding, your interviewer will ideally be looking to hear about the physicality of the work you have performed as a mechanic in previous roles. On top of the frequent standing, walking, carrying, pushing, pulling, and contorting, they'll also be looking to hear that you have no fear of climbing or heights, if hired for this role working on large commercial airplanes. Prior to your interview, it is also wise to read the job posting and/or job description for the role you are interviewing for to see exactly what the physical requirements are for the position so you can speak to them.

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  • 17. This job as an Aircraft Mechanic will involve some travel. Are you able to travel when required for the job?

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      Working as an Aircraft Mechanic for a larger commercial airline company may require some to frequent travel on the job and with this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear about your availability to travel, if the job requires it. As you prepare for the interview, try to do as much research as you can on the position and company you are interviewing with. It will be good to know which airports are considered hubs for the airline you are interviewing with. As you answer this question, it is important for you to have the availability to travel. If you do have family or personal conflicts, it is best to be open and honest with those commitments and it is also fair to ask your interviewer what the notification requirements are for required travel for mechanics.

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  • 18. What is the highest level of mathematics that you have completed and how does that apply to your work as an Aircraft Mechanic?

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      Basic, and even advanced, mathematical skills come into play for all of the day-to-day activities that Aircraft Mechanics perform. While your interviewer is certainly looking to hear the highest level of math you have completed in your many years of schooling, they are more importantly looking to hear how you apply math skills to your everyday work in this job. Your interviewer wants to hear your confidence in your ability to solve problems on the job using math skills, so bring up an example from. your past that demonstrates this.

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  • 19. Have you used x-ray or ultrasonic inspection equipment at any point during your career?

      How to Answer

      As technology in the aviation industry has advanced, so has the need for todays Aircraft Mechanics to become familiar with new technologies. One such technology is the use of ultrasonic and x-ray inspection to detect flaws in the materials on aircraft. For this question, talk about any experience you have using either x-ray or ultrasonic inspection equipment, and discuss that experience with your interviewer. If you don't have direct experience, make sure to do your research ahead of your interview to be able to talk a bit about the technology and your ability to learn this aspect of the job quickly and efficiently.

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  • 20. In this role as an Aircraft Mechanic, the prompt update of maintenance and repair logs is vital. When have you had to make sure your work was accurately documented in the past?

      How to Answer

      Aircraft maintenance records are of utmost importance in the commercial airline industry and if hired for this position, you will be tasked with being as meticulous as possible in the record keeping of the work that you perform. In the eyes of the FAA, any work that is performed on an aircraft that cannot be totally documented and recalled will not be recognized by them. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you do have experience in documenting your work. More importantly, they'll be looking to hear that you understand why documentation is so important, and that you prioritize and value that aspect of the job.

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  • 21. How experienced are you in reading technical plans and blueprints?

      How to Answer

      Working on large aircrafts as an Aircraft Mechanic for a commercial airline requires an ability to read and understand the technical manuals and blueprints that each aircraft has. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you do have experience in utilizing complex design manuals and blueprints to help in solving problems with the aircraft you have worked on in the past. As you answer, try to demonstrate your technical knowledge and overall literacy for reading and diagnosing issues and fixes by talking about exact times that you've used these to help in your work in the past.

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  • 22. What types of aircrafts do you have direct experience working on as an Aircraft Mechanic?

      How to Answer

      From your resume, your interviewer likely won't be able to get the specific details on what types of aircraft you have worked with throughout your training and your career. This question will allow them to learn a little bit more about your experience. As you answer, be open and honest about all of the types of aircraft you are familiar with. Be sure to tie any experience that you have to the role you are interviewing for. If you don't have experience working on large aircraft like Airbus or Boeing passenger planes, that is okay. If that is the case, try to relate your training and experience to this point in your career to future success working with larger aircraft.

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  • 23. Do you know and understand the color coding of a hydraulic system on an aircraft?

      How to Answer

      Hydraulic systems are an integral part of the mechanics of a large aircraft, as hydraulics control the movement of key pieces of equipment like landing gear, brakes, flaps, and other controls. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear that you have a basic understanding of the standardized color coding of pressures and flows that has been established across industries. Prior to your interview, hopefully you have a good working knowledge of the coding system. If you don't, be sure to research and be able to talk about it knowledgeably during the interview.

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  • 24. What does safety mean to you in your work as an Aircraft Mechanic?

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      While being a very broad and open question for you to answer, your interviewer will ideally be looking for you talk both about the safety of you and your crew while you work as an Aircraft Mechanic and the safety of the passengers and crew onboard the aircraft in flight. As you answer, discuss the importance of working safely with all of the dangerous equipment that you will operate, and make it clear to your interviewer that you prioritize the safety of everyone, in all that you do on the job. Then, talk about the importance of paying attention to the fine details and how that makes an aircraft safe at all times in the work that you do.

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  • 25. As an Aircraft Mechanic, what do you consider to be the most important tool in your bag, on a daily basis?

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      Aircraft Mechanics must be masters of their trade in all aspects of the mechanics of a working aircraft, and with this mastery comes the need to be very handy with the tools of the trade. This is an open-ended question that allows you to talk about what you feel is the most important tool of the trade. As you prepare for this question, make sure that your answer directly relates to the duties you will be performing in this role and, if possible, try to point out a unique skill that you have with the tool that you decide to talk about. This will help potentially distinguish you from other mechanics that are interviewing for the job.

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