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Aircraft Mechanics fit, service, repair and overhaul aircraft components, engines, accessories and related equipment.
Basic Educational Requirements
There is no prescribed course or field of study for prospective Aircraft Mechanics; however, an aviation-related course would be an advantage. Among the courses offered are Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Technology (4 years) and Aircraft Technician Course (2 years). Aircraft Mechanics are required to have a license from the Air Transportation Office (ATO) before they can perform their duties. The licensing process includes written examinations and panel interviews where a longer period of study in an aviation-related field is an advantage. For Aircraft Mechanics, the rules stipulate a practicum or on-the-job experience in an authorized aircraft maintenance or repair station. Because of the technical requirements of the job, new entrants to the workforce need to familiarize themselves with the equipment and must have a theoretical and practical knowledge of the job.
Skills and Competencies
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
In the local labor market, a Junior Mechanic receives approximately P20,199 per month. For an Aircraft Mechanic A position, the base pay starts at P30,000. Additional benefits include premiums for overtime work on rest days, holidays, and special days; car acquisition; rice subsidy; training opportunities; and health care maintenance. In the U.S, base pay is much higher at an average of P68,000 per month. In Singapore, the rate is around 3,000 Singaporean dollars per month (P96,865) while in the United Arab Emirates, the pay scale is about 3,713 dirham per month (P52,767).
Prospects for Career Advancement
It takes some five to six years before an Aircraft Mechanic can acquire a Mechanic A position which give them opportunities to become Aircraft Inspectors. Those with broad experience in maintenance and overhaul can, advance to lead inspector or shop supervisor positions.
Those who undergo additional business and management training can open their own aircraft maintenance facilities.
In a forecast made in 2004, it was projected that from 2004 - 2023, air passenger traffic will grow by 5% per annum. This will require a delivery of 16,601 new passenger aircrafts. By 2023, there will be 21,759 passenger aircrafts in service throughout the world. This will mean that airlines will be competing for skilled aircraft personnel including Aircraft Mechanics.
Overseas, the following have signified their intentions to hire Aircraft Mechanics from other countries: Singapore, Hongkong, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, among others. Locally, job prospects will be high to fill-up positions that have been vacated by those who voluntarily leave their jobs for overseas employment and those who have retired.
Cost of Education *
An Aircraft Technician Course costs around P100,000 covering 2 years of schooling.
* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2007 - 2008
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