Do You Want to be a Jet Engine Mechanic?

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PT6A Hot end inspection

Do you love the sound of a turbine engine? Of course, we all do! If you are like me, you love the smell of Jet Fuel too.  There is nothing wrong with that. turbine engines have always fascinated people in a number or ways. The reason why turbines are so cool are;

  • They are loud
  • They have great power to rate ratio
  • They are very dependable
  • They make things go fast

Some of the downsides to turbine engines are;

  • They are loud
  • bad fuel efficiency in older models. New technology is changing that
  • Very expensive

We all know that aircraft parts are expensive, and engine parts are not excluded.  The problem with turbine engines are that many of the components particularly in the hot section, are made from exotic metals which are very expensive to replace.  As a jet engine mechanic, it is your job to determine which parts are still within wear limits and reuse the parts if possible.  It is not economical feasible to just go replacing everything during an engine tear down.

Jet engine mechanics may have to make determining decisions on whether a part is airworthy or not. This means studying the manufactures manuals and knowing how to take proper measurements of the effected areas.

The tighter tolerances and newer materials such as ceramic coatings have made the turbine engine much more fuel efficient. Engines are generally limited by heat so if we can make them withstand higher temperatures, we will get more power out of them.

Gas turbine engines can be broken down into 3 types

Visit the links to go to the Wikipedia pages explaining each engine design. While each type has a different design, they are all considered turbine engines and therefore bad ass.  Becoming a jet engine mechanic is a great way to spend quality time with these machines. The engines are very simple in theory of operation however there are many intricacies about them that make working on them fun and challenging.

Jet Engine Mechanic Work Environment

Jet engine mechanics normally enjoy the comforts of a shop environment. A quiet room off to the side in a hangar could make for a good engine shop. The shop should be climate controlled and well lit. Typically engine mechanics are left alone while they perform the engine work. Everyone knows not to distract or disturb the engine mechanic since 90% of the maintenance steps are critical. Forgetting one oil transfer tube, or cutting an o-ring during installation can not only cost thousands of dollars in bearing replacement, but also lives if not caught in time. Seeing the “guts” of the turbine engine is a magnificent engineering marvel and is sobering to the passerby. Anyone entering the engine shop knows that serious business takes place in there.

How to become a Jet Engine Mechanic

Some jet engine mechanics may not even need an A&P license and instead work under a repairman certificate. I would still get the A&P license since it will give you more opportunity down the road. The tools required are regular hand tools and a load of special tools that will probably be owned by the shop. 12 point sockets are a necessity to the jet engine mechanic. Individuals with engineering degree may also find work with a manufacturer for design and problem solving. Visit the aviation mechanic schools search tool to find a school near you.

More information

If you are interested in becoming a jet engine mechanic, visit my friends youtube page where he has over 160 videos upload from his engine shop. These are behind the scenes videos of a rare look inside jet engines. Subscribe to his page because he is always posting new stuff.


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