Addicted to Aviation? Us Too. 6 Reasons We Just Can’t Stop
There’s nothing worse than choosing a career path, getting the training you need, only to ultimately find out you hate the job. This will never be a problem when you decide to pursue a career in aviation mechanics. Once you complete your training, you’ll discover that you love caring for planes.
There are multiple reasons you’re going to find yourself as addicted to aviation mechanics as we are.
1. Work Anywhere
Once you complete your training program and the FAA clears you to become a full time airplane mechanic, you’ll have the luxury of being able to work pretty much anywhere you like. Even if you don’t currently live in a town with a huge airport, the chances are pretty good that there’s at least one or two small airports in a thirty mile radius that would love to add you to their airplane mechanics team.
In some parts of the country, the smaller airports close down during the winter months, giving you a few free months to pursue other areas of interest.
Rather than work for an airport or specific airline, some aviation mechanics choose to work for a private plane owner.
2. Great Earning Potential
These days, it seems like if you want to secure a job that will provide you with a healthy paycheck, you will first have to get a four year degree from a university and go several thousands of dollars into debt. Becoming an aviation mechanic allows you to earn a great living without amassing a mountain of debt. The exact amount you make will vary depending on the size of the airport you work at and how much experience you have, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average median wage aviation mechanics make approximately $55,000 annually.
3. Fun Co-Workers
In most cases, aviation mechanics work in teams. The larger the airport and airline, the larger the teams will be. The great thing about working with the same co-workers is that it doesn’t take long to become close friends with each and every one of them. Your love of airplanes will be the common denominator that binds you together. The fact that the work is always interesting, means that you never have to worry about getting bored or becoming unsatisfied with your career choice.
4. Fantastic Job Outlook
You won’t have to worry about whether or not your career as an aviation mechanic will disappear one day. It won’t, as long as people decide to fly from one destination to another there will be plenty of opportunities for aviation mechanics.
The best way to make sure you get the prime jobs is by taking the time to get your Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate.
5. Interesting Training Program
It’s not possible for you to walk into an airport’s employment office and simply request they hire you as an aviation mechanic. First, you have to prove you’re qualified to do the job. The FAA does have basic requirements you must meet before they’ll certify you. In addition to passing three separate examinations:
- Practical skills
You also have to complete 18 months of hands on training. The best way to make sure you have both the knowledge and the experience to become certified will be enrolling in an aviation mechanic training school. It will be less expensive than getting a formal college degree and you’ll find the entire experience interesting and useful.
6. It’s a Career
Unlike some similar opportunities that ultimately turn out to be nothing more than a stepping-stone to a different career, you’ll be able to spend your entire life working as an aviation mechanic. Not only will you find opportunities for advancement, but you might also consider teaching at one of the aviation mechanic schools.
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