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Aircraft Mechanic, Aviation Maintenance Technicians, Aviation Maintenance Schools

Aviation Maintenance Schools:

Learn how to become an Aviation Maintenance Technician, Aircraft Mechanic, or Avionics Technician

Learn how to become an Aviation Maintenance Technician, Aircraft Mechanic, or Avionics Technician. There are over 100 aviation maintenance schools, and two- and four-year colleges offering aviation maintenance programs throughout the United States. Aviation maintenance schools and aviation colleges provide excellent learning and training environments for students to succeed and prepare for a career as an aviation maintenance technician. Many of the aviation maintenance programs will allow you to either earn an aviation diploma, certificate or rating, aviation degree, an Associate's and/or Bachelor's degree (which is dependent on the type of school and their aviation maintenance program).

Aviation maintenance programs offer similar courses, but none of the aviation maintenance programs are alike because each aviation school’s curriculum and courses are different. Provided below is a list of various aviation maintenance programs in which schools may offer:

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
Aircraft Maintenance Management
Aerospace Maintenance Management
Aviation Electronic Systems
Powerplant & Airframe Technology
Aviation Electronics Technician
Aviation Maintenance Technician
Avionics Management

Types of Aviation Maintenance Technicians

There are various types of aviation maintenance and service technicians which suits many interests, abilities, and career goals. The FAA certifies an aviation maintenance technician as either a/an:
Powerplant Mechanic - authorized to work on engines and do limited work on propellers.
Airframe Mechanic - authorized to test and repair any part of the aircraft except the instruments, power plants, and propellers.
Combination Airframe-and-Powerplant Mechanic (A&P Mechanic) - authorized to work on all parts of the plane except instruments. The majority of mechanics working on civilian aircraft today are A & P mechanics.
Avionics Technician - authorized to check, repair, and maintain electronic components used for aircraft navigation and radio communications, weather radar systems, and other instruments and computers that control flight, engine, and other primary functions. Avionics technicians who service transmitting equipment--radios or radar--must also hold a radiotelephone license issued by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Please Note:
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licenses a mechanic as a General Radiotelephone Operator and issues appropriate license endorsements based on the individual's knowledge of radio transmissions, basic electricity, and radar.

Avionics technicians usually need other types of certifications from one or more of these associations:
The National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers, Inc.
The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians
The Electronics Technicians Association

Every day, thousands of planes, jets and helicopters are flown all over the world; and the lives of the flight crew and passengers depend on aircraft mechanics and aviation maintenance and service technicians to ensure that aircrafts are safe and have dependable performance. The outlook for future employment in the Aircraft Maintenance field is outstanding. There is a critical shortage of Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technicians now, and this shortage will increase in the next ten years as air travel continues to expand and experienced technicians retire.

The Aircraft Mechanic channel is designed to help you learn more about becoming an Aircraft Mechanic and Aviation Maintenance Technician. The more you know about your options in this career field; you will be able to make an informed decision about your educational and career goals. The topics below will help you learn about various aspects of this career field and how to becoming an aircraft mechanic. Select a topic to learn more.

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Sources of Additional Information

Sources by: Federal Aviation Administration, US Occupational Handbook, and U.S. Department of Defense.



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