5 Common Misconceptions About Aviation Maintenance Training
At first glance, having a career in aviation mechanics seems to be a pretty good gig. That is not to say it is not, but it is a matter of combining the right education with the right opportunities. There is also a lot of incorrect information out there that can be confusing for someone new to the field. If you have been considering a career in aviation maintenance, be aware of the following five misconceptions.
First, most promotional advertising will promise you a well-paying career. Aviation mechanics certainly can be a good way to make some money, but it can vary greatly. If you follow the right steps, you will find yourself on the upper range of the pay scale. However, according to the United States Department of Labor, pay can range anywhere from $35,190 for the lowest 10 percent of mechanics, and $76,660 for the upper 10 percent.
There is also quite a bit of discussion about whether or not you need a college degree or just vocational training. The truth is that among those making the most money in the aviation mechanic field, there are just as many with college degrees as there are without. There are many different ways to get the experience you need without spending five years in college.
It is also a common misconception about where you need to live to make a living as an aviation mechanic. While it certainly helps to live near a major airport hub like Chicago’s O’Hare Airport or Denver International Airport in Denver, mechanics are employed at other places as well. Airfreight operators such as UPS or FedEx, corporations who maintain their own planes or other private aircraft owners also employ maintenance professionals. To make the most money, you may need to consider moving, but it may not always be necessary.
People also expect that if you are working on such expensive pieces of equipment, that you must be licensed to do so. However, in some situations you may not need to procure your license, saving you time and money.
There is no one degree that covers the whole field of aviation maintenance. Before committing to a program, you must make some decisions about what section of the industry you want to work in, whether you are going to be working on jets or smaller aircraft, and the opportunities present in your area. Aviation maintenance can be a very rewarding field provided you do your research first and make the right decision for your career.
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