Perform pre-flight systems checks and monitor electronics in-flight.
A Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight Mechanic ensures that an airplane is safe for flight and that all repairs have been completed to specifications. As a Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight Mechanic, you have the great responsibility—to the Pilot, the Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight Engineer, and, of course, the passengers—of being the first person to give word on the airworthiness of the plane.
Your daily responsibilities as a Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight Mechanic include checking to make sure that all of the mechanics of the plane are up to par. That means you thoroughly inspect every mechanical piece of equipment. On a regular basis, you report to the Fixed-Wing Aircraft Flight Engineer and write out reports that are recorded and filed away, keeping track of your diagnoses and the jobs that you’ve completed. You also make sure that the plane is fueled properly, and that the takeoff and landing gear are in perfect working order.
When there is something wrong with the plane, you’re in charge of fixing the problem. You find the right team to help you, and order and install the materials necessary for fixing the issue. You have to make sure that the problem is fixed in a timely manner, and that the plane is ready for takeoff on or before the scheduled time.
It’s your duty to ensure that a mechanical failure during flight does not happen. That’s a lot of pressure. But despite that, the job is really rewarding. For those who love aeronautics and mechanics, as well as working with their hands, it’s a dream job.