Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

risk level
Based on 208 votes
by year 2032
or $33.66 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

37% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

25% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 37% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians' job openings is expected to rise 6.1% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians' was $70,010, or $33 per hour

'Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians' were paid 51.2% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 134,070 people employed as 'Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians' within the United States.

This represents around 0.09% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians'.

Job description

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

SOC Code: 49-3011.00


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Mailong (No chance) says
Aircraft’s need copious amounts of TLC to keep in service. Most components are in awkward locations, thanks engineers, and there’s no change a robot could isolate problems that arise with the various systems and fix the issue. Half the time my co-workers can’t seem to do the same.
Jun 26, 2023 at 02:21 PM
Mr. Mantilla aircraft maintenance (Low) says
I don't think it will be replaced in the next 50 years (being very negative), because disassembling, diagnosing, inspecting, repairing and reassembling is human dexterity with many abilities and use of the senses, something that robots have difficult to overcome
Mar 21, 2023 at 11:12 PM
Cal (No chance) says
I'm an aircraft mechanic. Things break in far more convoluted ways than one could practically program for. Sure, it's theoretically possible, but not within 20 years.
Sep 26, 2022 at 09:03 PM
Jacob (Low) says
I am currently working as an aircraft mechanic. I do not see how robots/automation could be calibrated to deal with some of the areas we have to reach into. We have around 20 of the same model aircraft, and each one is slightly different with different clearances and sometimes different hardware.

While some tasks certainly could be automated (such as wheel and tire changes), it would still require someone to double-check the work to verify it was good. Even major jobs require two people - one to fix it and one to check it.

Obviously, it's hard to say how quickly robotics technology will move ahead. But personally, I don't see a complete replacement of aircraft mechanics happening for several decades. Laws and regulations would need to change as well for that to happen.

Just my opinion though. We will have to see.
May 13, 2022 at 03:33 PM
Date ceramusi (No chance) says
Repair industry(plane/boats/cars) use powerful diagnostic tools since decades.

Still needs human labor to mount and dismount parts.
Apr 18, 2021 at 04:58 AM

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