Do you want to work with aircraft but don’t have the luxury of time or money to earn a degree? You may want to consider entering certificate programs in aircraft maintenance.
Aside from associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs, there are certificate programs available for those who want to receive education and training in aircraft maintenance. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved approximately 170 aviation maintenance technician schools. These aviation schools train students in technical aircraft maintenance skills, preparing them for FAA airframe and powerplant certification exams.
Students can choose from certificate programs that offer combined or individual certificates in airframe, general and powerplant maintenance. Applicants to aircraft maintenance schools must be at least 18 years old, able to read, speak and understand English fluently, and have a high school diploma or its equivalent. However, the requirements may vary from one certificate school to another.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a modest job growth for aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians – only 6 percent from 2010 to 2020. Job prospects will be best for those who hold an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate. Those with a bachelor’s degree in aircraft maintenance have greater chances of obtaining aircraft technician jobs.
Colleges for Aircraft Maintenance Certification
- The National Aviation Academy offers the Aviation Maintenance Certification Program which is designed to prepare qualified individuals to take the FAA written, oral and practical exams. The aircraft maintenance course will focus on the required subject matter to help students earn the ratings as an Airframe and Powerplant technician, through a combination of classroom and lab instruction. Applicants must have 18 months of experience working on aircraft for either airframe or powerplant rating, or 30 months combined.
- The Aviation Institute at Broward College offers the Aircraft Airframe Mechanics Certificate Program and Aircraft Powerplant Mechanical Certificate Program. This aviation school features state-of-the-art training grounds, a unique link to North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, partnership with National Aviation Academy and certified programs from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Broward College’s Airframe Maintenance certificate program leads to an FAA airframe license while the Powerplant Maintenance certificate program leads to an FAA Powerplant license. Entrance requirements for the both certificate programs include a HS diploma or GED, and Test of Adult Basic Education.
- Located in Miami, Florida, George T. Baker Aviation School is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and the National Center for Aircraft Technician Training (NCATT), and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. The school’s Airframe and Powerplant Technician certificate programs prepare students for entry-level employment as aircraft mechanics and last 960 hours each. Students may enroll on a part-time or full-time basis. All the courses included in the programs are approved by the FAA.
- The University of Alaska Anchorage – Community and Technical College offers an Aviation Maintenance Technology Program that is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. The certificate program is nationally recognized and provides all of the required content to prepare students to achieve FAA certification as aircraft mechanics with Airframe and/or Powerplant ratings. Upon completion of the undergraduate certificate programs, the students may take written, oral and practical tests administered by FAA designees, and those who pass will be awarded the Aircraft Mechanic Certificate (AMC) with appropriate ratings by the FAA.