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Careers in Aviation and Aeronautics

Careers in Aviation and Aeronautics  

For those of you who are new to our site and may be interested in airplanes and flight, we have put together this post about careers in aviation and aeronautics. Find out about the types of careers available and the training and experience required to advance in this field. Careers in the aviation and aeronautical field include pilots, flight engineers, aircraft mechanics, and avionics technicians. The following is a quick description of what each of these jobs entail.  

  • Aircraft mechanics (airframe mechanics, power plant mechanics, and avionics technicians) Airframe mechanics work on everything except instruments, power plants, and propellers. In this field, workers can become certified in both airframe and powerplant mechanics (A&P) and work on everything except the plane’s instruments.  
  • Avionics technicians: They maintain radio, navigation, and radar instruments and components. Additionally, most are required to acquire additional licensing by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  
  • Flight engineers: They monitor instruments, make repairs, and assist the first officer and captain in flight. They are required to have pilot’s licenses, flight experience, and must pass an exam given by the FAA. 
  • The First officer AKA the co-pilot: The first officer monitors instruments during take-off and landing while the captain focuses on the runway and controls. They may at times alternate flying the plane.  
  • The Captain: He is in charge of the aircraft. He or she is assisted by the first officer and flight engineer. He is responsible – although not solely - for filing flight plans and making adjustments as necessary.  



Of course, career advancement is possible at all levels. For example, many technicians and mechanics can advance to supervisory, executive and FAA inspector positions. In order to qualify for these kinds of positions, you must have a specific number of flight hours under many different conditions as well as an instrument rating issued by the FAA. Additionally, military training is often valuable and common for those who become commercial and airline pilots.  

So if your head is in the clouds why not keep it there? Make your dreams come true with training to become an aircraft mechanic, aviation technician, flight engineer or pilot. If you are already in this field then know that we have Corporate APU’s and tpe331 engines for sale both of which can be seen on this site along with quality airframe parts.