An Aircraft Reciprocating Engine Technician is the industry expert on the repair and overhaul of piston engines, including turbochargers. Also known as internal-combustion engines, reciprocating — or piston-driven engines — use very high pressures (as much as 1,000 pounds per square inch [psi]) in a cylinder during combustion. Working on aircraft in the hangar and on the flight line, Aircraft Reciprocating Engine Technicians diagnose problems, troubleshoot, disassemble engines, refurbish, rebuild, and repair engine components, testing all its operations throughout the procedures. Considering there are more than 15,000 steps in an engine overhaul, this is no minor task. Reciprocating Engine Technicians must be incredibly meticulous, well organized, impervious to pressure, and able to read complex blueprints and mechanical drawings. They also must have an excellent aptitude for mechanical components, and be able to meet all quality assurance standards and safety regulations.
- Completion of secondary school (required)
- Completion of an Aircraft Maintenance program at a college or approved training organization (usually required)
- CCAA Certification (an asset)
- Incredibly meticulous, well organized, impervious to pressure
- Able to read complex blueprints and mechanical drawings, interpret technical manuals and drawings
- Troubleshooting skills
- Aviation Reciprocating Technician