Airframe Mechanics are also referred to as Airframe Specialists or Aircraft Mechanics. An Airframe Mechanic is responsible for the care and maintenance of an aircraft's wings, tail and main body. Job opportunities can be found with small and large airlines, private aircraft owners, and the military.
An Airframe Mechanic must have a strong mechanical and technical aptitude and be able to work with a variety of tools. Troubleshooting problems on an aircraft is often performed by the use of highly technical equipment such as a magneto synchronizers and differential cylinder pressure testers. Airframe Mechanics should have a natural ability in math, computer science, physics and other similar subjects.
Physical strength is required in this role. An Airframe Mechanic should have the ability to climb and perform work on an aircraft without fear of heights or small spaces. Mental fortitude is a requirement as well since an Airframe Mechanic must manage the stress and pressure associated with the great responsibility of passenger safety.
While an Airframe Mechanic may not be required to have a completed degree, certain certification is required. There are many schools offering formal aircraft mechanics programs that are recognized by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Be sure to only attend schools recognized by the FAA. Additional safety certifications may be required and will vary by State, and employer.