Aircraft Maintenance Schools

  • Today's airplanes are highly complex machines with parts that must function within extreme tolerances for them to operate safely. To keep aircraft in peak operating condition, aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and service technicians perform scheduled maintenance; make repairs, and complete inspections required by the FAA. If you think this career is right for you then check out the aircraft maintenance training schools we have listed below.
  • University of Alaska   Anchorage, Alaska
    San Joaquin Valley College   Fresno, California
    Mt San Antonio College   Walnut, California
    Redstone College   Broomfield, Colorado
    Colorado Northwestern Community College   Rangely, Colorado
    Everglades University   Boca Raton, Florida
    T Black Aviation   Clearwater, Florida
    National Aviation Academy   Clearwater, Florida
    Broward Comm College Aviation Institute   Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    George T Baker Aviation Schools   Miami, Florida
    Aviation Courses   Ormond Beach, Florida
    Carolina South Aeronautical   Valdosta, Georgia
    Southern Illinois University Carbondale   Carbondale, Illinois
    Vincennes University   Vincennes, Indiana
    Indian Hills Community College   Ottumwa, Iowa
    Western Michigan University   Battle Creek, Michigan
    Lansing Community College Aviation Maintenance Center   Mason, Michigan
    American Airman   Bohemia, New York
    Global Air Training   Valley Cottage, New York
    Sinclair Community College   Dayton, Ohio
    Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology   Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Carolina Aeronautical   Simpsonville, South Carolina
    Tarrant County College   Forth Worth, Texas
    LeTourneau University   Longview, Texas
    Hallmark College of Aeronautics   San Antonio, Texas
    Clover Park Technical College   Puyallup, Washington

    A & P - Aircraft Mechanic Resources and Information

    The basic requirements to obtain a FAA Aircraft Mechanics Certificate are as follows:

    • You have to be at least 18 years of age
    • You'll need to be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language
    • Must graduate from an Approved FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician School or
      • Get 18 months of practical experience with either power plants or airframes or
      • 30 months of practical experience working on both at the same time.
    • You must pass a total of six tests,3 for the Airframe Certificate and 3 For the Power Plant Certificate:
      • Written Examination
      • Oral Test
      • Practical Test
    • The Oral and Practical Test portion usualy take about 8 hours to complete for each certificate.

    A & P - Aircraft Mechanic Resources and Information

    What is a aircraft mechanic job like? You work in hangars, out on the field on the "flight lines" where aircraft park, or in repair stations. You use hand and power tools as well as sophisticated test equipment. Maintenance is performed around the clock, seven days a week. New mechanics and technicians should expect to work nights and weekends. The noise level both indoors and on the flight line could be very high. Sometimes your work requires physical activity, from climbing ladders to crawling. You work under deadline to make sure an airplane is ready to fly.

    Do I need a license to be an aircraft mechanic? Not necessarily. However, if you don't have a mechanic's certificate from FAA, you can work only when supervised by someone who does have a certificate. You cannot approve equipment for return to service. Without a certificate, you are less likely to advance to the top of the career field.

    The FAA issues mechanics and repairman certificates. Mechanics can get either an airframe certificate or a power plant certificate--most mechanics get both. Repairmen get certificates to perform only one or two specific tasks, and they must be supervised by FAA-approved Repair Stations, commercial operators, or air carriers where these specific tasks are done daily.

    Do I need any experience to become a certified mechanic? Yes. You can get the required experience through civilian or military on-the-job training, or by attending a special school for aircraft mechanics.

    Do I have to take any tests to become a certified mechanic? Yes. You have to take both oral and practical tests. There is a fee for the test. The oral and practical tests cover 43 technical subjects. Typically tests for one certificate--airframe or power plant--takes about 8 hours.

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