How to Get a Job as an Aircraft Mechanic
The sky is the limit when you decide to pursue a career in aircraft maintenance. Commercial and private aviation maintenance continues to be a growing field that needs more and more people to keep the planes in the sky. If you are willing to put in the effort and dedicate the time to learn the skills, being an aircraft mechanic is a stable and rewarding career that you are certain to enjoy.
Getting the Training
The first step is always the hardest, and it requires lots of dedication and a willingness to study and pay close attention to your instructors. Further, it requires selecting a reputable school that offers up-to-date training in modern avionics. Typically, training includes plenty of class-time, lots of hands-on learning, and a healthy dose of self-discipline to succeed.
The initial process from start to finish takes about 2 years to complete. Further, there are 4-year Bachelor’s degree programs, and even Master’s programs you can pursue after you’ve taken those first steps.
If you are agile, detail oriented, have good manual dexterity, and the ability to troubleshoot problems before they occur, then you have what it takes to become a certified aircraft mechanic.
In order to obtain certification as an aircraft mechanic, you must pass the following:
- Written Exam
- Oral Exam
- Practical Exam
These can all be administered directly by your aviation maintenance technician school at the completion of your coursework. Further, you must be at least 18 years of age and be able to speak, read, and write English fluently.
Remember, there are two primary certifications you can consider. You can get a certificate in airframe mechanics, powerplant mechanics, or both if you desire.
Landing the Job
After you have passed your coursework and obtained your certification, the next step is of course landing the job you have worked hard to be trained for. This requires a lot of groundwork and you will want to start as soon as possible. Competition is fierce, but there are some things you can do to make it easier.
Start looking in cities where aviation companies are located. Seattle (Boeing), Wichita (Cessna), Berkeley (McDonnell Douglas), and Savannah (Gulfstream) are great places to start. Keep in mind that every major city in the US has an airport or two that you will want to consider.
Start networking. You will want to contact industry professionals in the area to determine whether they have positions available or opening up soon. It’s a good idea to begin this process before you graduate so that you can be ready to move before the ink on your diploma is dry.
Put your resume out there. Sites such as http://www.aircraftmechanic.org have jobs and leads posted all the time that you can search through and apply for.
To learn more about becoming an aircraft mechanic, contact the Aviation Institute of Maintenance today. Our admissions representatives will be happy to discuss our career training and certificate programs with you so that you can pull your dreams down from the clouds and put them within easy reach.
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