While people may be most familiar with jet aircraft, many regional commuter aircraft, military aircraft, and large numbers of small and private aircraft are propeller-driven. Highly skilled and specialized professionals, Aircraft Propeller Systems Technicians are responsible for the repair and overhaul of propeller systems. They work on propeller components both on and off the aircraft, and are involved in the repair, overhaul, modification, inspection, and testing of aircraft propeller components. They are responsible for the set-up and operation of tools and equipment as well as some semi-automatic processes.
Aircraft Propeller Systems Technicians must master the delicate art of blade-straightening, leading-edge replacement, blade balancing (both dynamic and static), plating and finishing, and troubleshooting. Some propellers are actually designed to change angle and speed in mid-flight. Aircraft Propeller Systems Technicians also work on governor controls and propeller hubs. it is a perfectionist’s craft because even the slightest imbalance or improper curve in a propeller can directly affect an aircraft’s performance and rate of fuel consumption.
- Completion of Secondary School (required)
- Completion of an Aircraft Maintenance program at a college or approved training organization (required)
- CCAA Certification (an asset)
- Is safety-driven, meticulous, and accurate
- Able to read and interpret technical manuals and drawings
- Able to work with others cooperatively and follow directives precisely
- Interested in the principles of flight and aerodynamics and aircraft systems
- Aviation Propeller Technician
- Propeller Mechanic
- Propeller Systems Technician