Where I work,Almost all Pilots have good relations with AMEs.In fact Everyday at Main base there is a Meeting with The HODs from Flt ops & Engineering to discuss the previous days snags.
We are Encouraged at Work to Communicate,it could mean any topic after Aviation related stuff have been discussed.
In fact at times we even meet out of work hrs for a snack or get together.
I have a lot of good Friends that are Pilots,as I have AME friends.Outside they all seem the same.
Just yesterday.While we were waiting for ATC clearence [long delay] prior to Pushback.I clicked a pic of the pilot near the window of the B737 from Ground with my Nokia 6230 & send it accross to him vide bluetooth.It worked cool.
We have one pilot that never leaves the Cockpit without his orange ear defenders,Once he did & was all tensed until he got it back.