Aircraft Maintenance Technician

Job Description

Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) have the critical task of keeping fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircrafts operating safely and efficiently. It is an important job – lives depend on the AMT. Servicing, repairing, maintaining of aircraft, engines, aeronautical products, and overhauling aircraft components and systems are the primary tasks of the AMT, who works on airframes, engines, propellers, and aircraft instruments, etc. Aircraft Maintenance is a challenging and exciting career – fast, intense, deadline-driven, and very high tech. AMTs must understand the inter-relationship between the components and systems in the aircraft; they work on turbine-powered aircraft, propeller-driven airplanes, and helicopters of all makes and models. They require sound knowledge of aircraft systems, aerodynamics, aircraft structures and basic applied mechanics.

AMTs use their troubleshooting skills to identify problems on the aircraft, including problems with aircraft components and systems, or with mechanical components and systems such as engines, hydraulic systems, flight-control systems and fuel systems, airframes, electrical systems, propellers, avionics equipment, and aircraft instruments. They disassemble and replace defective parts; interpret technical manuals, drawings and blueprints; record problems and the actions taken to correct them; and maintain an accurate statement of maintenance history of the aircraft. They also test, clean and lubricate repaired equipment. To keep aircraft in peak operating condition, AMTs perform scheduled maintenance and inspections that have to meet strict industry regulations.

When it comes to being an AMT, there can be no exception: you have to be a perfectionist with excellent communication skills and an unshakable commitment to safety.

Work environments include working directly on the aircraft in the hanger, on the ramp, or on flightline, and bench repair.

AMTs have to be front-runners in the field in order to keep up with rapid advances in this high-tech work environment. If you’re looking for a challenging career with limitless potential, be sure to look into becoming an Aviation Maintenance Technician.

Other job titles
  • Maintenance Technician

  • Aircraft Mechanic

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The Canadian Council of Aerospace & Aviation manages the certification process for this and other regulated careers in our industry.

Our industry has identified this career as in-demand, and is looking for certified skilled labourers to fill positions in this role. Use our self-assessment screening tool, and we’ll help you determine what steps you need to take to expedite your certification for Aircraft Maintenance Technician.

By completing this assessment, you’ll provide us with everything we need to point you in the right direction to completing your certification. And, once you’re certified, we’re ready to introduce you to employers looking for people with your skills.

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Work, Education &

Places you
could work

Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Organizations (MROs)

Aircraft Operators

The Canadian Forces


Completion of Secondary School (required)

Completion of an Aircraft Maintenance Technician program at a college or approved training organization, or completion of an Aircraft Maintenance Journeyperson (apprenticeship) program (required)

After 48 months of experience, AMTs can apply to Transport Canada to write the regulatory exam for a category “M” licence to become an Aviation Maintenance Engineer with a specialization in Maintenance (AME-M)

CCAA Certification (an asset)


Ease with heights and able to maintain balance while climbing ladders and work stands

Good manual dexterity and strong manual skills – able to use a wide range of hand and power tools

Computer skills

A perfectionist with excellent communication and problem-solving skills

Works well with strict deadlines and record-keeping in a fast, intense, deadline-driven, and very high tech work environment

Sound knowledge of aircraft systems, aerodynamics, aircraft structures and basic applied mechanics

Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace

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