Fixer-Uppers for Aircraft: PH Aviation Industry needs more Aircraft Mechanics
The job of an aircraft mechanic is in-demand, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Despite the high demand, it’s a struggle to fill up all the available job posts for this profession.
The DOLE encourages high school graduates to give it a try and take up a career in aircraft maintenance. The profession is a worthwhile job, given the rapid growth of the aviation industry in the Philippines.
There are many courses offered for aspiring aircraft mechanics. For instance, an individual may opt to take a Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Technology for four years, or an Aircraft Technician Course for two years.
It is a requirement for aircraft mechanics to have a license from the Airport Transportation Office (ATO) before they can perform duties. Written examinations and panel interviews are part of the licensing process. A longer period of study in an aviation-related field is definitely an advantage.
Aircraft mechanics also need an on-the-job experience in authorized aircraft maintenance or a repair station. The job entails technical requirements, which means new aspiring individuals who wish to enter the workforce need to be familiar with the equipment they will be dealing with, plus a theoretical and practical knowledge on the profession.
It is crucial for an aircraft mechanics to have the following:
- Mathematical, analytical, and communication skills
- Mechanical aptitude with a thorough knowledge of basic math
- Physically fit
- An excellent mind and hand coordination
- An analytical mind
An aircraft mechanic receives a monthly salary ranging from 15,000Php to 25,000Php. But the base pay starts at around 30,000Php to 35,000Php. Aircraft mechanics may enjoy the benefits of premiums for overtime work on rest days, holidays, and special days; rice subsidy, training opportunities and healthcare maintenance.
If you’re interested in the profession, many aviation academes offer programs, such as OMNI Airline Training Academy. Be part of the fleet of aircraft mechanics in the aviation industry. Contact us today.