When students enroll in MIAT’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program, they can be assured that they’ll receive high-quality, hands-on training that focuses on providing skills applicable to the real world. Because so much of the material taught in school is technically related, it’s important to keep aviation maintenance safety in mind when working with powerful (and dangerous) aircraft.
Here are some easy-to-remember safety tips for both aviation maintenance students and seasoned pros:
Always Communicate With The Aircraft Operator
Clear and consistent communication is an important safety tip in basically any situation, but it holds especially true in aviation maintenance.
Lines of vision from a tall aircraft to the ground can be completely cut off, so it’s imperative that maintenance technicians are talking with air field controllers and operators anytime they approach an aircraft. Simple back-and-forth communication can be enough to prevent accidents such as getting run over by a tire or colliding with a wing.
Don’t Rush Yourself
Working at too fast of a pace is an easy way to cause a careless accident. Completing projects and maintenance tasks in a timely manner is vital, but it’s even more important that the job gets done correctly.
“Be quick, but don’t hurry” is generally an appropriate motto for maintenance technicians. Aside from being dangerous, rushing work will likely only add to the maintenance issues going forward, defeating the time-saving purpose of working quickly in the first place.
One of the easiest ways to stay safe is to wear the right gear. Always put on a hard hat before performing maintenance work to keep your head safe from falling objects.
Other gear such as safety goggles, coveralls, work gloves and steel-toed boots with non-slip soles will ensure your safety. Grab some ear plugs for good measure, especially since you’ll spend plenty of time around loud engines. Those with long hair should make sure it’s always tied back and/or tucked into a hard hat.
Make Use of Safety Equipment
Most aircraft are going to be tall enough that maintenance technicians won’t be able to reach all necessary areas without a little help. Use ladders, platforms and scaffolds anytime a work area is out of easy reach. Effective work can’t be done while having to stand on tip-toe, so always take the time to fetch a ladder and do the job right.
Of course, there are plenty of other aviation maintenance safety guidelines and precautions, so both MIAT students and current aviation maintenance technicians should always stay alert. It’s only because of safe and smart workers that we have safe and smart aircraft.
Learn more about the following topics:
Aviation Technology Programs at MIAT
Getting Your Airframe & Powerplant License
Becoming an Aviation Maintenance Technician
Aviation Maintenance Technicians
Pursuing an Aviation Maintenance Degree