Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Aviation Maintenance Training
If you are looking for a new career you may want to take a closer look at aviation maintenance. It is a stable career field and does not look to be slowing down anytime soon. Aviation maintenance personnel are essential to the operation of airports across the nation, and while many blue-collar professions are experiencing tight hiring or even drastic reductions in employment the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a modest 2% growth in the demand for Aircraft mechanics and technicians.
Here is everything you need to know to get started in the Aviation Maintenance Field.
How much can I make in Aviation Maintenance?
This is probably the first question that you thought of. According to the BLS the median pay for Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians is $55,230 per year or $26.55 per hour. However, when you are getting started out your hourly wage may be as little as $16.33 per hour. This is the shallow end of the wage scale, however, and wages often top off at a rather high $40.85 per hour or $84,960 annually. To achieve advancement in pay it is necessary to achieve certifications offered at FAA approved technical programs.
What experience or background do I need?
There are some Basic Guidelines that the FAA requires for certification as an aircraft mechanic. If you meet all of the guidelines except the experience requirement you may be a good candidate. A love of tools and working with equipment is a big plus, but the training is also highly technical. Anyone with a propensity for reading, math, or engineering will have a big advantage in this occupation whether or not they have had formal instruction in these areas. The three skills that will be tested on a daily basis will be your ability to troubleshoot problems, powers of observation, and attention to detail. You should also be aware that this could be a very physically demanding occupation, with a great emphasis on flexibility, balance, and manual dexterity. A military background such as Air Force Maintenance may be helpful, but additional certifications may be required as Air Force AFSCs are highly specialized.
Do I need a degree?
As an entry-level maintenance technician you will not need a college degree. You will need to complete an FAA Approved Program at a school offering Aviation Maintenance Technician Certification. While some on-the-job apprenticeships are offered, they are often at a much lower rate of pay than you could achieve in an entry-level position as a certified maintainer. At the end of your training program will need to take FAA exams pertinent to the career that you want to enter. With this being said, earning an associates degree or a more advanced degree in a relevant field before applying for your first Aviation Maintenance job may be helpful in the hiring process.
Success depends on constant learning
While you may begin your career as a mechanic or a service technician that is not where you want your career to end. Take every opportunity to gain experience in a new airframe or an unfamiliar system. Those who study on their own and attend classes to get additional certifications are the ones who achieve the highest levels of success in this exciting occupation. You may end up as a dedicated technician on a complex instrument system, advance to a lead technician position, or even become an inspector for your airline or the FAA. The potential of this career field is limited only by your ambition and willingness to learn.
If you are interested in this career field, get started today!
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