Aircraft Cylinder Mechanic

Grind, sandblast and lubricate aero-cylinders to optimize performance.
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Salary Range
$34,000 – $72,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Aircraft Cylinder Mechanics do?

Cylinders are a pivotal component of any engine. Anyone who’s taken a high school auto shop class has ripped apart and rebuilt a Briggs and Stratton lawnmower engine and seen the little cylinders hopping up and down. Multiply the size of the lawnmower by about 1,000 and you can imagine what the cylinder of a 747 looks like. It’s not hard to see why Aircraft Cylinder Mechanics can make a living by specializing in this one component alone.

As an Aircraft Cylinder Mechanic, you’re a Mechanic, sometimes referred to as a Technician. However, rather than working on the entire engine in general (like an Aircraft Engine Mechanic does), you use your knowledge to improve cylinder performance. This is done only after you’ve discussed options with the customer, worked up a cost estimate, and agreed on a work plan.

An Aircraft Cylinder Mechanic’s tools don’t look like those of the Mechanic working on your van. Obviously, a task suited for massive aircraft requires some specialty tools. And fortunately for airplane owners, Pilots, and passengers, you know how to use them.

The services you offer range from adding chrome to the cylinder to welding. You might also overhaul existing cylinders, replace parts, or sell complete assemblies to those looking to take on their own repairs. By the time you’re done grinding, sandblasting, and chroming, the cylinder in your hands will provide the right amount of lubrication, offer superior oil savings, and help the engine purr.

Should I be an Aircraft Cylinder Mechanic?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Aircraft-Engine-Cylinder Mechanic

    How to Become an
    Aircraft Cylinder Mechanic

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