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What Is an Aircraft Mechanic Helper and How to Become One

What Does an Aircraft Mechanic Helper Do?

An aircraft mechanic helper works in an airport terminal or hangar, where they assist with maintenance and on-site repairs. As an aircraft mechanic helper, you support the regular maintenance crew as they replace parts and repair an aircraft. Your responsibilities include ensuring the correct tools and parts are available for mechanics during repairs. Your other duties involve cleaning up before and after each repair. You must have strong communication skills, as you work with mechanics, airport workers, and other airplane personnel to keep an airplane operating safely. You must obtain the appropriate security clearances and background checks.

How to Become an Aircraft Mechanic Helper

Qualifications for an aircraft mechanic helper include a high school diploma. In most cases, you also need to be over the age of 18, have a valid driver’s license, and demonstrate some measure of physical fitness. Gaining aviation experience in a branch of the armed services is another way to increase your employment opportunities, but many people use this role to gain maintenance experience and skills as they pursue a career as a mechanic. As an aircraft mechanic helper, you assist mechanics as they repair and replace parts.