Become an FAA Certified Aircraft Mechanic in Less Than 2 Years!
If you are just starting out in the working world or are looking to make a career change, it can be difficult to find a new career where you can earn a good salary without going to school for several years to learn the technical aspects of the job. One of the best careers that combine a high rate of pay with short training time is aircraft maintenance. It is easier than you think to become an aircraft mechanic in less than two years.
Why train to be an aircraft mechanic?
If you are mechanically inclined or just good with tools, aviation maintenance is an outstanding career choice. It is a job field that has both local/regional and worldwide demand for qualified aircraft mechanics. No matter where you choose to live, there is a good chance that there is an airport nearby who is hurting for qualified techs to work on their aircraft. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the Median wage for aircraft mechanics is $55,210, and although starting wages are significantly lower for apprentice positions, advancement in pay is rapid in unionized shops and top earners are paid as much as $76,660 per year. This is an outstanding rate of pay for less than two years of education.
What background do I need to get started as an aircraft mechanic?
A high school diploma is desirable, but many times programs are open to those who have completed a GED as well. There are some physical requirements for this demanding position that should be met, so a physical training regimen will help you to prepare for the strength, agility, and flexibility you will need to be successful in these positions.
How to get started
There is more than one path to getting started in aircraft maintenance. Some choose to seek out free training in the military, but the drawback is that often necessary certifications for working on civilian craft are not transferable and military aircraft maintenance can be highly specialized. There are occasional apprenticeship programs that offer on the job training (OJT) to high school graduates, but as previously stated they are often at a much lower rate of pay to do the same work as a certified aircraft mechanic. The best way to start is to learn the trade before you are hired, and the best place to do that is at an FAA approved Aviation Maintenance Tech School.
Finding the Right Program
If you want to get the right start to your career, you should take a close look at the training program of your choice. Although there are many aviation-friendly colleges where you can earn a four-year degree that will get you hired, that may be overkill. The most important thing is that the program is Part 147 FAA approved, and some accelerated programs can offer certificate programs or Associate degrees that will make you just as qualified as any four year graduate. The right program will focus on preparing you for the FAA exam that will certify you for the position that you are seeking. Most of these programs can be completed – from first class to exams – in less than two years.
What to do next
Once you have been hired as an aircraft mechanic, don’t rest on your laurels. There is much more to learn in the field. Those that reach the apex of their profession are the ones that commit themselves to lifelong learning.
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