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HELICOPTER MECHANIC: I've Never Said No To An Opportunity

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Ryan, a helicopter mechanic, spends his typical day performing maintenance on helicopters in Hawaii and keeping them up to FAA standards. He started out taking a 3 year auto program in high school followed by two years in a technical college, and has worked on cars, boats and now helicopters. He tells us that it is quite difficult to become a helicopter pilot as a civilian. You need either 3 years of experience or military experience in order to qualify.

School: Bakers School of Aeronautics - Nashiville Auto Diesel ; Nashiville Auto Diesel ; Bakers School of Aeronautics
Degree: Auto & Diesel Technology Degree
Job Title: Helicopter Mechanic
Employer: Sunshine Helicopters

Job Summary: Avionics Technicians

Job Description

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on airplanes and helicopters. They also inspect airplanes and helicopters as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Traditionally, mechanics have advanced from general aviation jobs to airline jobs. Because salaries are similar between general aviation and airline companies, however, mechanics also should consider the work environment as they search for jobs. Although airline jobs come with standby travel perks, these mechanics often have to work outside, whereas mechanics at corporations or repair shops often work in climate-controlled buildings.

Certification Requirement
Required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$35,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Remote, Military, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Analytical skills, Strength/stamina

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m='14270'>be and</span> <span m='14630'>how</span> <span m='14910'>many</span> <span m='15110'>people</span> <span m='15330'>we</span> <span m='15420'>have</span> <span m='15560'>per</span> <span m='15690'>day</span> <span m='16440'>and</span> <span m='16800'>how</span> <span m='16930'>much</span> <span m='17120'>maintenance</span> <span m='17500'>we</span> <span m='17580'>have,</span> <span m='18050'>routine</span> <span m='18405'>maintenance.</span> </p><p><span m='18760'>Here</span> <span m='19010'>at this</span> <span m='19240'>base we</span> <span m='19560'>have</span> <span m='19730'>two.</span> <span m='20490'>But</span> <span m='21010'>we</span> <span m='21100'>have</span> <span m='21400'>three</span> <span m='21630'>other</span> <span m='21790'>facilities.</span> <span m='22650'>And</span> <span m='23030'>sometimes</span> <span m='23430'>we have</span> <span m='23630'>to</span> <span m='23700'>fly to other</span> <span m='24190'>islands</span> <span m='24680'>to</span> <span 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m='39350'>go</span> <span m='39550'>into</span> <span m='39940'>a</span> <span m='40000'>technical</span> <span m='40440'>college</span> <span m='41050'>for</span> <span m='41260'>about</span> <span m='41470'>two</span> <span m='41660'>years.</span> <span m='42480'>Got</span> <span m='42680'>my</span> <span m='42850'>Automotive</span> <span m='43340'>and</span> <span m='43490'>Diesel</span> <span m='43790'>Technology</span> <span m='44380'>degree.</span> </p><p><span m='45700'>And</span> <span m='45990'>from</span> <span m='46270'>there</span> <span m='46590'>I</span> <span m='46620'>went</span> <span m='46860'>to</span> <span m='47130'>boats</span> <span m='48050'>and</span> <span m='48160'>just</span> <span m='48500'>progressed</span> <span m='49080'>all</span> <span m='49240'>the</span> <span m='49320'>way</span> <span m='49560'>up</span> <span m='49660'>to</span> <span m='49810'>helicopters.</span> <span m='51030'>And</span> <span m='51950'>did</span> <span m='52080'>some</span> 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m='105920'>your</span> <span m='106030'>way</span> <span m='106230'>in</span> <span m='106310'>being</span> <span m='106460'>a</span> <span m='106500'>helper,</span> <span m='107870'>go to</span> <span m='107990'>your</span> <span m='108210'>local</span> <span m='108730'>airport</span> <span m='109020'>and see</span> <span m='109310'>if</span> <span m='109460'>you</span> <span m='109570'>can</span> <span m='109740'>be a</span> <span m='109890'>helper.</span> <span m='110070'>And</span> <span m='110260'>you can</span> <span m='110440'>get</span> <span m='110600'>three</span> <span m='110810'>years'</span> <span m='111240'>experience.</span> <span m='112560'>And</span> <span m='114520'>then</span> <span m='114730'>you</span> <span m='114820'>can</span> <span m='114950'>take</span> <span m='115160'>your</span> <span m='115210'>test.</span> </p><p><span m='115750'>Or</span> <span m='116430'>you can</span> <span m='116600'>go</span> <span m='116750'>the</span> <span 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