Exploring the differences between B1 and B2 Licensed Engineers

At Bostonair we are always recruiting for B1 and B2 Licensed Engineers – we put together this guide to educate people on the roles and responsibilities of both B1 and B2 Engineers and the differences between.

B1 and B2 aircraft engineers are both licensed professionals responsible for the maintenance, repair, and inspection of aircraft. However, they have different specialisations and responsibilities:

1. B1 Aircraft Engineers:

    • B1 engineers are responsible for the maintenance, repair, and certification of aircraft structure, powerplant (engines), mechanical, and electrical systems.
    • They are trained and licensed to work on the airframe and powerplant systems (A&P).
    • B1 engineers typically work on tasks such as repairing or replacing aircraft components, conducting inspections, troubleshooting mechanical and electrical issues, and certifying aircraft for return to service.
    • Examples of tasks they might perform include engine overhauls, structural repairs, hydraulic system maintenance, and avionics system troubleshooting.
    • B1 engineers require a broader knowledge base covering various systems and components of the aircraft.

2. B2 Aircraft Engineers:

    • B2 engineers are responsible for the maintenance, repair, and certification of avionics and electrical systems.
    • They are trained and licensed specifically for electrical and avionics systems.
    • B2 engineers work on tasks such as troubleshooting and repairing communication, navigation, radar, autopilot, and other electronic systems.
    • Examples of tasks they might perform include installing and calibrating avionics equipment, diagnosing electrical faults, programming flight management systems, and conducting software updates.
    • B2 engineers require knowledge in electronics, electrical systems, and avionics technology.

In summary, while both B1 and B2 engineers are essential for ensuring the airworthiness of aircraft, B1 engineers focus on airframe and powerplant systems, while B2 engineers specialise in avionics and electrical systems. Depending on the size and complexity of the aircraft, both types of engineers may work together to maintain and certify the aircraft for safe operation.

For more information on our licensed engineers opportunities visit: https://www.bostonairgroup.com/recruitment/latest-vacancies/