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    Lightbulb Staying Up-To-Date As A Mechanic

    Hello my fellow mechanics,

    As some of you may know from my introduction thread, I am a young up-and-coming mechanic. I wanted to hear from you what do you usually do to stay up to date with your skills or sharpen your mechanical abilities. I understand that we must receive training from our employers; but outside of work what do you usually study keep up with your training and knowledge. Is there any magazines, online publications, book or whatever the case may be that you recommend/follow to keep up with the latest standards and news affecting our industry. I just wanted to know of any resources you recommend for new A&Ps to stay current with their knowledge specially with technology changing at every second. Any of your input is appreciated! THANK YOU! Cheers!

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    The field is too broad to learn and keep up with. Every airframe is unique, you end up learning as you go and develop areas of specialty. This is why mechanics are required to have approved data/instructions whenever they are working on an aircraft. Working on aircraft is more process rather than product oriented. In an orginazation, experience has some value but education and knowledge carries little. Looks and personality or attitude and work ethic, determines your status in the group. Working by yourself however will challenge all your resources.
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    OJT, and hands on experience, with hopefully a wise tutor

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    Quote Originally Posted by mav3rik5 View Post
    Hello my fellow mechanics,

    As some of you may know from my introduction thread, I am a young up-and-coming mechanic. I wanted to hear from you what do you usually do to stay up to date with your skills or sharpen your mechanical abilities. I understand that we must receive training from our employers; but outside of work what do you usually study keep up with your training and knowledge. Is there any magazines, online publications, book or whatever the case may be that you recommend/follow to keep up with the latest standards and news affecting our industry. I just wanted to know of any resources you recommend for new A&Ps to stay current with their knowledge specially with technology changing at every second. Any of your input is appreciated! THANK YOU! Cheers!
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    I would recommend staying in your AC43.13 1B as well as staying on top your FAR's....You can also register on: https://www.faasafety.gov/ take the AMT courses that teach you about "The Dirty Dozen". and all the things that affect us as AMT's from fatigue to being complacent....etc... You can also apply for an Aviation Maintenance Newsletter or Rotorcraft Pro Weekly...Lots of newsletters out there....Lots and lots of info on faa.gov... staying in tune with all the AD's that hit the field is nearly impossible but reading them will keep you aware and ahead of the curve...Lots of reading...I even find time to stay in our Bell Helicopter Maintenance Manuals whenever I have free time anywhere I have cellphone service...which wasn't possible 30 yrs ago without digging through hundreds of pounds of maintenance books. Passion for aviation pushes me and I love it still...Good luck youngster!

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    Knowing your FAR's especially Part 43, 65, 91, 135 will be your saving grace!