World-wide, the business of aircraft maintenance is enormous, and is set to expand. The approximate number of aeroplanes currently in service world-wide is around 500,000 passenger and cargo aircraft and about four million smaller private aircraft used for business or pleasure.
India is one of the fastest developing countries in the world. Due to the liberalisation policies of the government, there is tremendous growth in civil aviation. Many private airlines and corporations viz., Air India, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Indigo, Air Asia etc. are operating today with very good operating revenues.
To meet the growing need of the passenger airlines, cargo aircrafts, private air taxi operators, business and corporate jets, there exists an urgent need for aircraft maintenance engineers.
Those who successfully complete the training and obtain DGCA’s licence are eligible to get jobs in airports and aircraft manufacturing or maintenance firms with an attractive salary.
As more and more airlines start operations in the private sector, the demand for aircraft maintenance engineers and mechanics has reached a point of no return and hence opting to pursue AME opens up plenty of lucrative career opportunities in India..
The aviation industry has two main branches: flying branch and maintenance branch. While pilots fly the aircraft, aircraft maintenance engineers are concerned with the maintenance of the aircraft. An aircraft maintenance engineer has to obtain a licence from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The average salary for an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) is Rs 956,701 per year.
Scope for AME overseas
Boeing, one of the world’s largest makers of commercial jetliners forecasts that 601,000 aircraft maintenance technicians will be needed over the next 20 years, with the greatest demand – 243,500 technicians – in the Asia-Pacific region and an estimated 92,500 new technicians in North America.
There is immense scope for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers overseas especially in countries like USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, East European countries, South East Asian countries etc.
Aviation Industries worldwide have been on an expansion spree and the requirement of Aircraft Maintenance Engineers has catapulted as never before. Aviation experts have predicted that by the year 2020 the requirements of AMEs will be to the tune of around 20,000 in each of the countries mentioned above.
In 2013, aircraft mechanics and service technicians earned an annual median salary of $55,980, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS also projected slower than average employment growth of 2%, for aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians, from 2012-2022. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that all maintenance workers can expect to see job opportunities increase about as fast as all other occupations between 2012 and 2022.