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5 Reasons to Develop your AME Team’s Electricity and Electronics Skills

In general, we at Mentor Aero believe that the more you know… The more you know. Right? It's always a good thing. Now, we don't advocate for doing work you are not certified to do. However, getting a more comprehensive knowledge base can help in many ways. Avionics that understand powerplants well? Powerplant technicians that get the electrical implications of their work? A team that applies electrical standard practices even though they are not avionics? Sounds good, right?

Here's what training your engineers on basic electrical and electronics skills could bring to your organization.

1.   Enhancing troubleshooting abilities

Modern aircraft rely heavily on complex electrical and electronic systems and interactions for navigation, communication, flight controls, and other critical functions. Strong electricity and electronics skills allow maintenance engineers to diagnose and troubleshoot issues accurately and way faster.

Engineers with these skills can also anticipate potential issues before they escalate, allowing for preventive measures to be taken. This proactive approach extends the lifespan of aircraft components, ultimately reducing long-term maintenance costs.

That's without mentioning the sheer versatility of the "super engineers" to a team and operation. Having AMEs that can do a lot on their own makes things so much easier to organize and manage than having people who stop and wait for an avionic as soon as a bulb needs changing!

2. Improving safety 

A comprehensive understanding of electrical systems empowers engineers to meticulously assess and maintain the integrity of electrical components within an aircraft. By identifying potential faults or weaknesses, they can intervene before these issues escalate into safety hazards.

3. Keeping pace with technological advancements

The aviation industry constantly evolves, with aircraft increasingly relying on advanced electrical and electronic systems. Training in these areas enables maintenance engineers to keep up with technological advancements, ensuring they can effectively maintain and repair the latest aircraft by collaborating effectively with avionics.

4. Expanding capabilities

In the dynamic field of aircraft maintenance, possessing a broad base of knowledge that includes electricity and electronics concepts and skills can help expand your capabilities as an organization. As the aviation industry embraces cutting-edge technologies, the need for engineers who can work with mechanical and electrical/electronic systems will continue to grow. Companies can create invaluable assets for their teams by developing their engineers' electricity and electronics skills. This knowledge allows them to handle a broader range of maintenance tasks, making them more versatile and adaptable.

Beyond the technical aspects, electricity and electronics training also cultivates valuable problem-solving and analytical skills. These transferable competencies are helpful in various aviation industry roles and can help support operations.

5. Ensuring regulatory compliance  

The aviation industry is heavily regulated, with stringent standards and requirements to ensure safety and operational integrity. Understanding the different systems in an aircraft ensures that the maintenance work complies with aviation regulations and standards, which often include stringent electrical system requirements. Not being able to adhere to these regulations can result in costly fines, operational disruptions, and potential safety risks. Maintenance organizations can ensure they have the knowledge and skills necessary to meet regulatory obligations by developing their engineers' electricity and electronics skills. 

There are many ways to develop those skills: reading, having a mentor, being taught in a classroom, or getting online courses. Figure out what works best for your team, and you’re on your way to a smoother operation.

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