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

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  1. 1.

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

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "My first step that I would take would be to put a warning notification in the cockpit of the plane to tell anyone entering that the landing gear was being worked on. Then, I would ensure that safety barriers are in place and all wheels are chocked in position. As I worked to change the tire, I would check all tie-bolts to ensure that none are broken or missing because that could be a major safety hazard to me. When finished with the installation, I would then take the time to inspect the axle nut and all bolts, washers, and nuts to ensure they were snug and secure."

  2. 2.

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

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "As you can see from my resume, I began my career as an Aircraft Mechanic with an FAA-approved training in aviation maintenance from a well-known trade school. While that really helped propel me into the field, I took it upon myself to receive my bachelor's degree in Aviation Maintenance Science five years ago, when I was living in Florida. The bachelor's degree program really helped me become a more well-rounded mechanic by having me study propeller systems, power plant operations, and advanced electricity. If hired for this role, I am confident in my ability to tackle any issue I would come across."

  3. 3.

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

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "Having worked closely with hydraulic systems throughout my career, I am very familiar with the coloring system that determines fluid states. Green is the intake fluid, red indicates pressurized fluid, and blue indicates minimal pressure that is typically in a return line. While less common, I am aware of the states of white, purple, yellow, and orange as well."

  4. 4.

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

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "Yes, I have performed maintenance on IDG's in commercial airplanes. In my current role, it is a standard procedure to check the oil level during any service. I'm very familiar with the different styles of oil level sight glass that can be found on the different IDG units. I also have performed oil servicing maintenance on IDG's after filters have been replaced and after replacement of other components within the system."

  5. 5.

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

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "In all honesty, what I love about this work is that I still find myself with a dropped jaw almost every day on the job when I step back and realize that I'm working on one of the most amazing man-made machines in the world. Whether I'm working on a 747 or a unique helicopter, working around aircraft has been a dream of mine since I was very young, and I feel very blessed to be able to live that dream on a daily basis."

  6. 6.

    How experienced are you in reading technical plans and blueprints?

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "I am very experienced at putting technical manuals and blueprints of aircraft to use in my work. During my military training, I gained a lot of experience reading the technical layouts of both Bell and Sikorsky helicopters. During my final year in service, utilizing technical drawings was instrumental in a project to replace the fuselage on a fleet of choppers for the units I worked with."

  7. 7.

    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?

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "With the safety of myself and my colleagues at the front of my mind at all times, I show up to work everyday in my steel-toed boots and safety glasses and keep these on at all times. When I'm physically working with my hands on an aircraft, I take whatever extra precautions are needed as well when it comes to wearing PPE. A strong pair of gloves is important when working, and a safety helmet and fire retardant suit are also necessary at times."

  8. 8.

    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.

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "Working as part of a large team that is dependent on each member of the team for success, I pride myself on my ability to be dependable as a team member. Over the past year, I've only had one half day of unplanned absence when I became very ill in the late morning at work. While I tried to push through the day, my manager insisted that I get home to rest that day and through the upcoming weekend. All other times away from work were planned vacation days with my family. In my current job, we are typically required to give at least a two week notice for scheduled vacation days, and all of my time is always requested with a minimum of two weeks notice."

  9. 9.

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

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "If hired for this role, I want you to know that I am always willing and able to travel, when required for the job. My wife and I do have two high school aged kids at home that have their athletics and activities, but fortunately my wife teleworks from home and has great flexibility in her work. If travel is required, are there any time requirements for when staff are notified?"

  10. 10.

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

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "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."

  11. 11.

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

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "Over the last five years of my career, I've become very familiar with these technologies and have used them in a very hands on way. When I initially trained on the ultrasonic test instrumentation, I gained a quick understanding that it utilizes electric pulses that are converted by a transducer to high frequency energy. When used on an aircraft, the sound waves detect flawed surfaces that the human eye just can't. There have been a number of occasions where I've seen the technology catch significant issues that were able to be repaired in a timely manner."

  12. 12.

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

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "The physical demands of the work as an Aircraft Mechanic are something that I don't take for granted. In my current role, I am on my feet almost all day long and am required to do some very heavy lifting, at times. I am up and down ladders working on planes and helicopters and also on wings and cabins high above the ground. Part of my ability to handle the physical requirements of this line of work is due to me maintaining a physical lifestyle outside of work where I bike, run and kayak on a regular basis to stay in great shape."

  13. 13.

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

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "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."

  14. 14.

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

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "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."

  15. 15.

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

      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.

      Ryan's Answer

      "Having grown up in a pretty rural place, my first real exposure to a diverse environment came during my time in the military. During my service, I was blessed with the opportunity to serve alongside many people from very culturally diverse backgrounds. This experience really helped me mature by taking the time to talk to people that were different than me, get to know them, and see where they were coming from on various issues. Today in my career, I carry this same appreciation for working with a team of diverse colleagues. In my current role, I work with a couple of outstanding mechanics that were born in other countries, and our training paths led us to all have very differing styles of work and ways of solving problems. I appreciate the times that we can learn from each other to become a more efficient team."

  16. 16.

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

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  17. 17.

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

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  18. 18.

    How would you rate your knowledge of the ATA codes?

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  19. 19.

    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?

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  20. 20.

    What drew you to a career in aircraft mechanics?

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  21. 21.

    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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  22. 22.

    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?

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  23. 23.

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

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  24. 24.

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

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  25. 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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