Aviation Maintenance Technician Training: A Simple Definition
Aviation Maintenance Technician Training and Other RequirementsIf you are interested in the career path of an Aviation Maintenance Technician, here are some ways to get into the job.
- Attend a Part 147 aviation maintenance technician school approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. You’ll get a certificate of completion and be eligible to take FAA exams for the job. Going to one of these schools allows you to bypass FAA experience requirements.
- Bypass aviation maintenance technician school and enter the field with a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma. You’ll be trained on the job to learn relevant skills and to gain the capability to pass the FAA exams. Military experience applies. Until you are certified by the FAA, you must work under observation.
- Earn an associate’s degree first. Such education will provide a good foundation for learning complex computerized controls, systems and flight instruments. Workers who can handle these tasks on higher levels tend to get paid better.
Certification and Training TypesAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the FAA offers two types of certifications for aircraft technicians. While not required, these certifications typically lead to more job offers, higher pay and more responsibility. Technicians who have both certifications are in even higher demand.
- Airframe mechanics (“A”): Demonstrates ability to work on airplane bodies
- Powerplant mechanics (“P”): Engine work
- Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification: Granted by the National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies but not required by the FAA.
- Radio-telephone operator certification: Granted by the Federal Communications Commission and sometimes necessary for people who focus on communications systems.
- Inspection Authorization (IA): You have been A & P certified for three years and meet various other standards. Technicians with this certification supervisor big repairs and alterations and sign off with them.
Ongoing TrainingAs with many jobs, once you become certified, ongoing training is needed to stay certified. You can meet this requirement by taking classes in various settings: from an airplane manufacturer, your employer or a school.
Pay and WorkAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual earnings for an aircraft technician in May 2012 were $55,210. Earnings for avionics technicians were $55,350. These workers with more seniority usually have priority for day shifts. Night and weekend work is common. Related Article: Aviation Maintenance Technician Shortage Predicted For more information about aircraft maintenance career training, the Aviation Institute of Maintenance Aircraft Mechanic School Programs is where you can learn more. Visit our Consumer Information Disclosure page, Gainful Employment Disclosure and Consumer Information.
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