Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) have the important responsibility of keeping aircraft operating safely and efficiently. It's not just important - lives depend on it.
AMTs are the frontline aviation professionals that service, repair and overhaul aircraft components and systems including airframes, engines, electrical and hydraulic systems, propellers, avionics equipment and aircraft instruments.
As an AMT, you might work on one or many different types of aircraft such as jets, propeller-driven airplanes and helicopters. To keep aircraft in peak operating condition, AMTs perform scheduled maintenance and complete inspections that have to meet the strictest industry regulations. There are no exceptions. You have to be a perfectionist with excellent communication skills and an unshakeable commitment to safety. And it all changes very rapidly. Innovations in space-age technology mean that AMTs have to be front-runners in their field in order to meet the rapid advances in computer technology, electronics and fiber composite structural material. It's fast, intense, deadline-driven and very high tech. If you're looking for a challenging career with limitless potential, be sure to look into becoming an Aircraft Maintenance Technician.
Once you have graduated from high school, professional AMTs must complete training at a certified college or training facility. See the College and University section for more information.
As a successful Aircraft Maintenance Technician, you can find a rewarding career with airlines, aircraft manufacturers, aerospace organizations, the military as well as repair and maintenance facilities. There are many avenues open to experienced AMTs, for instance can be certified by the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC)* and/or become an Aviation Maintenance Engineer (AME)(M), which is a Transport Canada licensed trade. From there, you could go on to join management as a company's Director of Maintenance.