Letting Your Career Take Flight
It takes a lot of work to keep airplanes in peak operating condition. If working on airplanes sounds interesting to you, you should know that job opportunities for those who have attended FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certified aviation maintenance colleges are, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, excellent.
Keeping the Skies Safe
Those with aviation training keep aircraft in top condition by performing regular scheduled maintenance, making repairs and completing all of the FAA's required inspections. However, if you are considering a career in aviation maintenance it is important to be aware that mechanics have different kinds of responsibilities:
- Powerplant mechanics work on engines and some work on propellers.
- Airframe mechanics work on everything except instruments, powerplants and propellers.
- A&P (Airframe and Powerplant) mechanics work on all parts except instruments.
- Avionics technicians repair and maintain the various parts needed for navigation and radio communications, weather radar systems, and other important instruments.
In most cases, to work for commercial airlines repairing aircraft you need to be certified by the FAA. While you can obtain certification by working, according to the BLS, the best aviation jobs are reserved for those who have attended an FAA-certified aviation maintenance college. In either case, to be certified as an aviation technician you must pass both a written and oral test. Finally, you must perform a hands-on demonstration.
If you're looking for a career with great opportunities in the aviation industry, this is an ideal time to consider attending aviation maintenance college.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics