Job Profile:      A & P Technician (Airframe and/or Powerplant Technician)

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

Job Information
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Select Tasks
Inspect completed work to certify that maintenance meets standards and that aircraft are ready for operation. Maintain repair logs, documenting all preventive and corrective aircraft maintenance. Conduct routine and special inspections as required by regulations.
Examine and inspect aircraft components, including landing gear, hydraulic systems, and deicers to locate cracks, breaks, leaks, or other problems. Inspect airframes for wear or other defects. Maintain, repair, and rebuild aircraft structures, functional components, and parts, such as wings and fuselage, rigging, hydraulic units, oxygen systems, fuel systems, electrical systems, gaskets, or seals.
Measure the tension of control cables. Replace or repair worn, defective, or damaged components, using hand tools, gauges, and testing equipment. Measure parts for wear, using precision instruments.
Assemble and install electrical, plumbing, mechanical, hydraulic, and structural components and accessories, using hand or power tools. Test operation of engines and other systems, using test equipment, such as ignition analyzers, compression checkers, distributor timers, or ammeters. Obtain fuel and oil samples and check them for contamination.
Reassemble engines following repair or inspection and reinstall engines in aircraft. Read and interpret pilots' descriptions of problems to diagnose causes. Modify aircraft structures, space vehicles, systems, or components, following drawings, schematics, charts, engineering orders, and technical publications.
Install and align repaired or replacement parts for subsequent riveting or welding, using clamps and wrenches. Locate and mark dimensions and reference lines on defective or replacement parts, using templates, scribes, compasses, and steel rules. Clean, strip, prime, and sand structural surfaces and materials to prepare them for bonding.
Service and maintain aircraft and related apparatus by performing activities such as flushing crankcases, cleaning screens, and or moving parts. Examine engines through specially designed openings while working from ladders or scaffolds, or use hoists or lifts to remove the entire engine from an aircraft. Remove or install aircraft engines, using hoists or forklift trucks.
Inventory and requisition or order supplies, parts, materials, and equipment. Fabricate defective sections or parts, using metal fabricating machines, saws, brakes, shears, and grinders. Remove or cut out defective parts or drill holes to gain access to internal defects or damage, using drills and punches.
Clean, refuel, and change oil in line service aircraft. Communicate with other workers to coordinate fitting and alignment of heavy parts, or to facilitate processing of repair parts. Trim and shape replacement body sections to specified sizes and fits and secure sections in place, using adhesives, hand tools, and power tools.
Clean engines, sediment bulk and screens, and carburetors, adjusting carburetor float levels. Prepare and paint aircraft surfaces. Spread plastic film over areas to be repaired to prevent damage to surrounding areas.
Check for corrosion, distortion, and invisible cracks in the fuselage, wings, and tail, using x-ray and magnetic inspection equipment. Disassemble engines and inspect parts, such as turbine blades or cylinders, for corrosion, wear, warping, cracks, and leaks, using precision measuring instruments, x-rays, and magnetic inspection equipment. Determine repair limits for engine hot section parts.
Cure bonded structures, using portable or stationary curing equipment. Listen to operating engines to detect and diagnose malfunctions, such as sticking or burned valves. Accompany aircraft on flights to make in-flight adjustments and corrections.
Remove, inspect, repair, and install in-flight refueling stores and external fuel tanks.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object. The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs. The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions. The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead. The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting. The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Tools Used
Adjustable wrenches Air compressors Air drills
Aircraft lifting jacks Aircraft maintenance management systems Aircraft test stands
Aligning jigs Allen wrenches Ammeters
Aviation spark plug sockets Ball peen hammers Bastard files
Borescopes Brakes Brass punches
Brazing equipment Bucking bars Cable splicing knives
Calipers Center punches Channel lock pliers
Cleco pliers Cold chisels Combination squares
Combination wrenches Compasses Compound leverage snips
Continuity meters Cordless drills Desktop computers
Diagonal cutting pliers Dial indicators Digital diagnostic equipment
Dividers Drill bit sets Drill presses
Duck bill pliers Electric drills Electrical current meters
End cutters End wrenches External power units
Feeler gauges Flat blade screwdrivers Flat chisels
Forklifts Global Positioning System GPS devices Go/no-go gauges
Hacksaws Hammers Hand clamps
Hand drills Hand nibblers Hand trucks
Handheld computers Hearing protectors Heat guns
Hoists Ignition analyzers Ignition wrench sets
Inspection mirrors Integrated maintenance and inventory systems Internal power units
Ladders Laptop computers Laser printers
Lathes LTB/400 maintenance management system Machinists' double point scribers
Magnetic inspection equipment Magnetic pickup tools Maintenance and engineering information systems
Maintenance planning systems Mallets Manlifts
Measuring tapes Mechanical lifts Micrometers
Multimeters MxManager Needlenose pliers
Offset left aviation snips Offset right aviation snips Ohmmeters
Open end wrenches Oscilloscopes Paint sprayers
Personal computers Phillips head screwdrivers Pin punches
Plastic tip hammers Pneumatic riveters Pneumatic wrenches
Portable maintenance access terminals Portable maintenance aids mobile computing devices Portable rectifiers
Power grinders Power lifts Power shears
Pressure gauges Putty knives Pyrometers
Ratcheting screwdrivers Ratchets Resistance meters
Respirators Reversible safety wire pliers Rivet guns
Rulers S.M.A.R.T aircraft maintenance tracking Safety glasses
Safety wire pliers Scaffolding Scales
Screw extractor sets Scribers Sheet metal breakers
Shielded arc welding tools Single-cut mill saw files Slip joint pliers
Socket wrench sets Soldering equipment Speed wrenches
Spring balance scales Squares Straight chisels
Straight cut aviation snips Tablet computers Taper punches
Templates Timing lights Torque wrenches
Touch screens Tow vehicles Ultrasonic inspection equipment
Unmanned aerial vehicles UAV Utility knives Vernier calipers
Vibration analyzers Vise grip pliers Voltmeters
Wearable computers Wearable data input systems Wearable point and click devices
Welding goggles Wire crimpers Wire cutting tools
Wire strippers X ray inspection equipment

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