How to Become An Airplane Mechanic
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What is an Airplane Mechanic? 🛩️
An airplane mechanic is someone who is certified to check for damages and perform maintenance on aircrafts✈️ or spacecrafts🚀. They make sure that aircrafts and spacecrafts are safe for passengers and pilots to travel in.
There are 3️⃣ specialties that an airplane mechanic can pursue: airframe, powerplant, and avionics. To read 📰 more about the specialties of airplane mechanics, check out this
What Are the Duties of an Airplane Mechanic?
Airplane mechanics often repair 🛠️ various parts of aircrafts and spacecrafts, including:
Electrical Systems 🔌
Air Conditioning 🌬️
Landing Gear 🪂
They are required to do maintenance on both the external and internal aspects of an aircraft or spacecraft. This includes tasks like:
What Are the Requirements to Become an Airplane Mechanic?
In order to become an airplane mechanic in the US, a few requirements need to be met:
You must be at least 18 years old
You must be fluent in English (reading, writing, and speaking)
You must have attended an AMT school (approved by the FAA
) or have 30 months of training with maintenance (external and engine)
You must have passed a written ✍️, oral 💬, and practical 👐 exam administered by the FAA
NOTE: A college degree is not ❌ required for this position!
Which Colleges Are Good to Attend for Airplane Mechanics?
There are many colleges 🎓 that offer great airplane mechanics programs! Some of the best known schools are listed below:
South Dakota State University
Southern Illinois University
Utah State University
Kansas State University (Polytechnic Campus)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
To read more about the programs offered at these schools in 2021, check out this
Helpful High School Courses to Take
If you are interested in Airplane Mechanics, you can take some high school classes 📚 to give you a feel for what it is like to be in the field! Some electives you can take or propose are:
If these courses aren’t offered at your school, you could try taking them for transfer credit at a community college. If that isn’t an option, check out online 🖥️ courses!
There are a variety of online courses (paid 🤑 and free 🆓) that you can start to take as a high schooler. They are fully virtual! Check out websites like Udemy, Coursera, and EDX for thousands of classes that you might be interested in.
Here is a list of some courses that cover Airplane Mechanics!
Flight Mechanics - The Basis (Coursera)
Neuronal Dynamics (EDX)
Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering (EDX)
Aerospace Engineering: Aircraft Fundamentals and Advanced (Udemy)
Engineering Mechanics: Statics (Udemy)
Aerospace Engineering: Aircraft Systems and Avionics (Udemy)
Fundamentals of Airplane Engineering (Udemy)
Airplane mechanics often work in hangars, which are enclosed 🔐 spaces which hold airplanes/spacecrafts. They can also work in airfields and repair stations. These areas can be really loud🔊, as the main focus of work is done on engines.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 11% increase📈 in employment💼 for airplane mechanics between the years 2020 and 2030.
Top Companies to Work For 👔
There are some amazing 😍 companies who are hiring new airplane mechanics! Check out some of the companies listed below and see if you’d be interested in working for them one day!
Sierra Nevada Corporation
US Department of Homeland Security
US Department of the Navy
Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Preferred Locations 🗺️
For a comprehensive list of where (in the United States) to look for an airplane mechanic job, check out this
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020, the yearly salary for airplane mechanics was $66,680.
❗REMEMBER: Salary depends on the position, qualifications, experience, and education that an individual has received!❗
Want More Options? 🤔
Are you interested in the field of airplane mechanics but want more options? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! 😊
Below is a list of some jobs which deal with similar aspects of airplane mechanics:
After reading about the life of an airplane mechanic, are you intrigued? Is this the field that you want to go into?🤷 If so, dive right in! We wish you good luck 🍀 with all of your future endeavors!
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