The Ultimate Checklist for Attending Aviation Maintenance Training
Every airport has two worlds. There is the busy travelers’ traffic area with crowded gates, food courts, and shopping malls. But, behind the scenes are hundreds of workers keeping your flight on time and safe to fly. To put it simple, planes don’t fly without aviation maintenance personnel.
Small airports and large, private and public airports, they all require aviation maintenance technicians. In the smallest venues, you might get walk-on opportunity based on your service mechanic background and love of everything aviation. Many military vets come to the job with their in-service training stripes. But, if you want to make yourself marketable in a job you like and/or want to advance on your aviation career path, plan on continuing your aviation maintenance training.
What’s in it for you?
There are a multitude of behind the scenes job titles in refueling, brakes, baggage, air conditioning, sanitation, and more. But, the focus here is on Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) who make a solid and promising living performing routine and scheduled aircraft maintenance.
Most AMTs (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 information) post a median income of $55,120/year or $26.55/hour. These numbers cover mechanics and technicians indicating that top earners for major airlines make over $70,000/year.
Breaking those numbers down, most AMTs earn between $16.92/hour and $36.86/hour. The 50% in the middle earn $45,670 to $65,750 per year. The lowest 10% pull in less than $35,190, but the top 10% earn more than $76,000 and some engineering specialties even more. Income depends on education, skills, and abilities as well as the employer, location, and assignment.
What kind of Aviation Maintenance Training?
Like most other mechanical careers, there are some training on the job opportunities, but it you want to upgrade your resume or chances for solid placement, you want to pursue formal training in certification as an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), Aviation Maintenance Technical Engineer (AMTE), or Aviation Maintenance Technician Electronics Engineer (AMTE). And, of course, programs exist to prepare you for jobs in plane manufacturing, avionics, welding, and more.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), any aircraft maintenance must be completed by or under the supervision of a certified mechanic. In addition to being 18 years of age, candidates must have 30 months experience to qualify for the FAA Airframe or Powerplant exams. But, if you complete a program at a Part 147 FAA-approved AMT school, you can substitute for the experience requirement and shorten the eligibility time.
A good AMT education program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to pass the FAA exams and earn the continuous learning credits for re-certification. You want to learn how to service and repair aviation components and systems:
- piston engines
- turbine engines
- electrical systems
- environmental systems
- alarm and emergency systems
- airframe and propellers
What do you need?
Understanding the work of an AMT means understanding what talents the best candidates share:
- Focused: Aviation maintenance follows strict and exacting specifications.
- Agile: Mechanics climb, reach, and stretch throughout a physically demanding day.
- Coordinated: AMT occupations require dexterity to grasp, maneuver, and assemble parts.
- Observant: Positions in aviation maintenance require you to read gauges, recognize engine noises, and collect and enter information.
- Analytic: Maintenance technicians and mechanics will diagnose complex systems and weigh solutions.
Is Aviation Maintenance Training right for you?
Most air maintenance technicians and engineers have had a lifelong fascination with aircraft and flight. Aviation Maintenance Training can make that passion your lifelong career.
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