In the aviation industry, both aeronautical engineers and aircraft maintenance engineers are indispensable, though their duties are different.
Aeronautical engineering involves the application of engineering principles and technical know-how to the design, construction and operation of aircraft. Aircraft maintenance engineers are responsible for keeping the aircraft in perfect flying condition. They are involved with the construction, repair and maintenance of aircraft. In order to become an aircraft maintenance engineer, one should obtain a licence from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). In this site we are going to deal wit ame's and the work related to them
Who are AME's ?
AME's or Aircraft Maintenance Engineers are the people who are responsible for the safety of the aircraft. These people carry out pre flight inspections and certifications. And unless the aircraft is certified as airworthy i.e. fit for flight by an AME it is not allowed to commence flight. These people also repair and maintain the aircraft so that it can run trouble free and work at its best performance.
Aircraft maintenance technicians may perform a variety of tasks depending on their area of specialisation. They may specialise as an:
Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Avionics) who maintains, inspects and undertakes fault diagnosis of electrical, electronic, instrument and radio systems, components and accessories on aircraft. These include generator and power-distribution systems, protection systems, autopilot and integrated flight systems, environmental control systems, and radar and communication systems.
Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Mechanical) who maintains, inspects and undertakes fault diagnosis of airframe and engine systems, and components and accessories on aircraft. These include landing gears, wheels and brakes, pressurisation, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, flight control systems, environmental control systems, fire detection and prevention systems, undercarriage, and ice and rain protection systems.
Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Structures) who produces, maintains and repairs sheetmetal, bonded and non-metallic composite material and components on aircraft. They must be familiar with airframe, engine and electrical components. They carry out a wide variety of metal forming and joining processes using hand and power tools, and work with fibre-reinforced plastic materials of many types.
Aircraft Mechanic (Avionics) who overhauls, repairs, modifies and tests a range of electrical, electronic, instrument and radio communications and navigation system components, in a workshop environment, after they have been removed from the aircraft. These include generator and power distribution systems, protection systems, autopilot and integrated flight systems, environmental control systems, and radar and communication systems.
Aircraft Mechanic (Mechanical) who overhauls, repairs, modifies and tests airframe and engine components, in a workshop environment, after they have been removed from the aircraft structure. These include landing gear, wheels and brakes, pressurisation, pneumatic and hydraulic devices, environmental control components, gas turbine engines and associated engine components.