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Aircraft Hydraulic Systems


Minimum Education Requirement:
high school diploma or GED with 15 college credits


high school graduatemechanicalenlistedelectronics & electricsmaintenance & repair

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Aircraft Hydraulic Systems

Career Description

Pilots make split-second decisions that require their aircraft to respond just as quickly. This instant action is made possible by the aircraft's hydraulic systems and the specialists who maintain those systems. As an Aircraft Hydraulic Systems specialist, you'll be responsible for everything dealing with hydraulic and pneumatic systems—landing gear, brakes, flight controls, weapons, cargo door systems and more.

Career Tasks

  • Troubleshoot, remove, repair, overhaul, inspect and install the systems and their components, including support equipment
  • Advise on any problems maintaining these systems and determine maintenance procedures and performance characteristics using technical publications
  • Diagnose malfunctions and recommend what corrective action should be taken or else correct the defect yourself
  • Inspect the aircraft hydraulic systems, their components and any support equipment
  • Perform system operation checks and take corrective action, if necessary

Relevant Interests & Skills

  • Electronics
  • Mechanics
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Working with Your Hands
  • Problem-solving


After eight and a half weeks of Basic Military Training, every Airman goes to technical training to learn their career. Here's the basic information about Aircraft Hydraulic Systems technical training:

School location: Sheppard AFB [TX]

Length of course: 49 days

College degree earned: Aviation Maintenance Technology

College credits earned: 16