Can someone tell me what it is really like to be an aircraft maintenance technician?

I'm thinking about going to school for this degree because a community college near me has started a program in this field, and I have always been fascinated by airplanes and flight. When I was a child, I wanted to get into the aviation field, and now that I'm older, I'm thinking about really doing it. I'm in my twenties now. I have a few questions, though. For one thing, I am a woman. Is it hard for women in this job? I imagine that there aren't too many women working on airplanes, but if you are one or know any women who are, can you tell me what it's like for them? How is the outlook for this job? Is it in demand or slowing down? What do you like about your work, and what do you not like about it? How stressful is it? Thanks for taking time to answer my questions. I could look most of these up on Google, but I figure I'll get more honest answers from people who are in the business.

Asked By: chopina - 6/13/2009
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Aircraft maintenance and repair is hot, cold, dirty and unglamorous. You get paid less than a car mechanic and can kill people if you make a mistake. Airplanes are hand-made and flimsy, your body will ache and many aircraft owners are cheapskates who want new toys at the expense of safety, or cannot afford the airplane... More
Answered By: cargopilot - 6/13/2009
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It depends on the field. As mentioned, general aviation is suffering under the attack on business travel by the Administration... More
Answered By: Jimmbbo - 6/13/2009
As a former Marine (Vietnam era) helicopter mechanic, I still remember what a bear it was to connect the main engine oil fitting!
Answered By: Bob L - 6/14/2009
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