Are you dreaming about an exciting career in aviation? However, becoming a pilot seems like a lost opportunity and you are not leaning towards a career as cabin crew. Not to worry as your aviation dream is not over yet. Most of the aspirants hardly know there are a variety of jobs in the aviation field. If you are looking for something technical then Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) is the best option available.
What makes AME a booming career option in aviation?
The reasons are plenty, however, the primary reason is the enormity of aircraft maintenance business worldwide and is expanding. Although the aircraft maintenance engineering is also one of the branches of engineering which is less explored. According to aerospace giant Boeing’s forecast report of 2017, the aviation industry will require more than 648,000 AMEs between 2017-2035. The current number of licensed AMEs are much less than the future requirements.
What do AMEs exactly do?
Typically, an AMEs job involves research, design, manufacture, and maintenance of the aircraft. They work on one specific or every mechanical aspects of the aircraft depending on their license. The aircraft parts like airframes, hydraulics and pneumatics, engines and fuel systems and control and communication systems etc. usually fall in an AME’s work domain. In short, they play a major role to keep aircraft ‘airworthy’ all the time. One small mistake can result in catastrophic results.
The basic workweek is 37-40 hours. However, due to the dearth of good engineers in the field, most of them end up working long hours, as the work is mostly time bound. Most of the engineers work in shifts, sometimes including weekends, to cover flying hours.
Pre-flight checks are done outdoors sometimes irrespective of the weather conditions. One must be prepared for that. However, most of the work is finished indoors in hangars or workshops. The hectic work schedule is compensated by the handsome salary and perks that come along with it.
The maintenance of modern, sophisticated aircraft requires a high degree of technical knowledge, competence, proficiency, and integrity of the part of concerned personnel. If you are up for the challenge, then no one can stop you in this field growing higher.