Aviation Maintenance Technician

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AMTs inspect, service, maintain, troubleshoot and repair aircraft engines, auxiliary power units, propellers, rotor systems, power train systems, and associated airframe and systems-specific electrical components. They service, maintain and repair aircraft fuselages; wings; rotor blades; fixed and movable flight control surfaces; and also bleed aircraft air, hydraulic and fuel systems. AMTs also fill aircrew positions such as flight engineer, flight mechanic, loadmaster, dropmaster, sensor-systems operator and basic aircrewman.
 

Types of Duty:

AMTs are stationed at large and small Coast Guard air stations throughout the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. AMTs maintain and crew fixed wing aircraft including HC-130H and J (Hercules), HC-144 (Ocean Sentry), and the HU-25A (Falcon). Rotary wing choices include the HH-60J (Jay-Hawk) and HH-65A (Dolphin) helicopters. AMTs inspect, service, maintain, troubleshoot and repair aircraft engines, auxiliary power units, propellers, rotor systems, power train systems, structural components, and associated airframe and systems-specific electrical components. They service, maintain and repair aircraft fuselages; wings; rotor blades; fixed and movable flight control surfaces; and also bleed aircraft air, hydraulic and fuel systems. AMTs also crew aircraft in positions such as flight engineer, flight mechanic, precision marksman, loadmaster, dropmaster, sensor-systems operator and basic aircrewman.

Training Available:

AMTs begin a five month long AMT training course held at the Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC), located in Elizabeth City, N.C. The AMT training course teaches general aircraft maintenance and ground handling fundamentals. AMTs are offered advanced technical training throughout their career that prepares them to maintain specific aircraft types and systems. Advanced technical courses are taught at ATTC, DoD, and commercial training facilities. AMTs can also apply for the AMT Advanced Education Program (AEP). Each year, after an AEP application and selection process, a select few AMTs are afforded the opportunity to attend college full time for two years, eventually earning an associate or bachelors degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Qualifications:

You must have an aptitude for mechanics. School courses in algebra, geometry, electronics and machine shop are very helpful. Candidates must pass an aircrew-candidate physical and qualify for a "Secret" security clearance.