Flight Engineer Jobs
Flight Engineers look after aircraft electronics, engines, airframes, instruments, radio systems and more. Their specialisms are clearly wide, but day to day they go about installing, maintaining and repairing these crucial components to make sure the aeroplane is safe and performing at optimum capacity. Engineers repair the frames and mechanical parts and there are specialists to handle the electronics; Avionics technicians. Day to day, Flight engineer will use a variety of instruments to test wear and tear on the aircraft and its components, replacing any defective parts using hand tools. Then they inspect the newly installed part to ensure it meets the standard required all the while keeping a detailed record of the tasks undertaken for reference. Maintenance staff need to be flexible, as aircraft can arrive at any time of day or night, and need to be inspected soon after landing. Then all work must be done quickly, as the aircraft will likely have a tight flight schedule to keep to. This means that the work of flight engineer is often stressful, working at odd hours and with the clock ticking.
All flight engineers need to undertake a course of study accredited by the relevant aviation authority. These qualifications can be split into two categories, Category A and Category B. Category A licences qualifies you to work on operational aircraft, performing only minor maintenance and part replacement tasks. A six month qualification and year’s certified experience is the most common route to a Category A licence. Category B licences qualify you to perform larger shceduled maintenance. There are a range of B1 licences, specialising on a number of planes with different engines: both fixed wing and rotary wing, both turbine and piston engines. B2 engineers are avionics technicians dealing with the communication, navigation, radar, guidance and control systems.
A flight engineer’s starting salary is usually between £20,000 and £25,000 but more experienced aerospace engineers often earn somewhere from £28,000 to £40,000. A more senior flight engineer, will regularly earn between £45,000 and £60,000.