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What is an Aviation Maintenance Technician: A Career Description

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017

An aviation maintenance technician (AMT) career might suit you. However, here is what you need to know on job description, duties, education requirements, licensing requirements, salary & employment outlook:

What is an Aviation Maintenance Technician?

An aviation maintenance technician repairs and maintains all types of aircraft, such as planes and helicopters.

Duties

The duties of an AMT vary based on what company they work for. They can do anything from general maintenance to specialization in a specific area, like the airframe or powerplant. AMTs are required to diagnose issues, both mechanical and electrical, replace worn out or damaged parts and regularly inspect an aircraft on a maintenance schedule.

Educational Requirements

Aircraft maintenance schools offer programs you can complete in 18-24 months with hands-on training. The program’s curriculum should be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An AMT has to study a “general” set of subjects for at least 1900 hours for subjects relating to General, Airframe and Powerplant.

“General” curriculum studies examples: Electricity, weight and balance, technical drawings, pneumatics, corrosion control, maintenance manuals and federal regulations, especially regarding repair and modification procedures.

Airframe studies examples: Inspection, fasteners, structures (like wood, composite, and sheet metal), welding, assembly, rigging, finishes, atmosphere controls and hydraulics.

Powerplant studies examples: Inspection, engine theories and repair, instruments, electrical, ignition, and fire protection.

Obtaining a FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certification

General rules to be eligible for a mechanic certificate in the U.S.:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Able to fluently read, speak, and understand English
  • Meet educational or experience requirements
  • Pass a set of oral and practical required tests within 24 months

Salary and Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 137,300 aviation maintenance jobs in 2014. BLS projects job outlook for holders of both Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate to be greater than only holding certification for one of the two. The annual mean wage pay for aviation maintenance technicians (mechanics) was $61,190 as of May 2016.

Lucky #13: 13 Aviation Maintenance Facts

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017

The world of aircraft maintenance is an expanding field to consider for your future career. There are countless opportunities for those equipped with the proper knowledge and their Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certification. Listed below are a few facts about the field of aircraft maintenance:

  • Choose a part 147 school that is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
  • You can earn certificates of completion, an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree concentrating in aircraft maintenance.
  • Upon graduating from an FAA approved school, you are qualified to take the FAA certification exam.
  • Practice makes perfect. It is a strength to be detailed-oriented as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT). Double checking yourself and meeting strict deadlines helps to lower downtime in flight schedules and ensures the safety of the flight crew, passengers and AMTs.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for aircraft mechanics and technicians in 2016 was $61,190.00 per year or an hourly pay of $29.42.
  • To operate properly and at their best, aircraft require reliable parts and examination. Mechanics use precision instruments, like x-rays, magnetic or ultrasonic equipment, to find problematic areas. If detected, AMTs assess the wear and tear on the aircraft in order to make the proper repairs.
  • The FAA has specific federal regulations requiring every aircraft to have a set schedule for maintenance, repairs and inspections, guaranteeing it is in the safest condition possible.
  • An Airframe and Powerplant certification enables AMTS to inspect, perform or supervise maintenance of commercial and private aircraft systems.
  • Mechanics who hold an Airframe and Powerplant certificate have more of a chance at landing a position in the aviation field than those who don’t.
  • The typical “office” for aviation mechanic is a hangars, repair station or airfield.
  • Mechanic’s hours are usually full time with need for overtime and weekend shifts.
  • Get experience under your belt to help you advance to lead mechanic, lead inspector or shop supervisor.
  • In 2016, the number of airplane departures was approximately 90 million. It’s estimated to double by 2020.

If you would like to join the aircraft mechanics field, a great way to start is by checking out Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Aircraft Maintenance and Mechanics Training Programs.

AIM Chesapeake Campus Welcomes Local Job Seekers to Career Fair

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017

The Chesapeake campus of Aviation Institute of Maintenance will be holding a career fair for its students, graduates, as well as individuals in the community who are seeking employment.

By Brian Stauss

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) will be holding a career fair on Friday, June 23 at its campus located at 2211 South Military Highway, Chesapeake, VA. The fair begins at 9 a.m. and will continue until 1 p.m.

The event will feature a wide range of companies from the aviation industry. Employers attending will lend guidance regarding the application process for their companies, and may even hold on-site interviews for qualified applicants. Guests are expected to attend the career fair professionally dressed, with copies of their resumes and prepared to network. A list of participating employers can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1955436938074198/.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information regarding Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s career fair, contact AIM’s Chesapeake campus at (757) 363-2121.

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

AIM Indianapolis Career Fair Opens Doors for Its Attendees

Posted by on May 30, 2017

AIM Indianapolis Career Fair Opens Doors for Its Attendees

By Jul DeGeus

On May 11th, the Aviation Institute of Maintenance Indianapolis campus held its first Career Fair. The event was open to AIM students, alumni and the public and had a turnout of about 180 people. With ten on-site interviews and four additional scheduled, Career Service Coordinator and Career Fair organizer, Erica Wheeler, dubbed the turnout a hit:

Our first career fair was a huge success!  It was great to see all the people coming and going throughout the day.  All the employers in attendance expressed that they would definitely be present at another fair in the future.  I will be planning another for the fall and I know the turnout will be even better.

Over 15 employers came out to the campus looking for people to join their company. A full list of employers include:

  • FedEx Express
  • UPS
  • Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services
  • The Home Depot
  • Ameriflight
  • GE Aviation
  • Fastenal
  • Republic Airlines
  • Praxair Surface Technologies
  • Launch Technical Workforce Solutions
  • AAR Corp
  • Aero Repair
  • Applied Composites Engineering
  • PSA Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Gulfstream

PSA Airline recruiters talking to Career Fair attendees.

So, what is it that employers were looking for in prospective recruits? Predominately, they were looking to hire attendees with their Airframe and Powerplant Certification. There were also several opportunities for those who were willing to relocate and work flexible hours. According to Student Services Coordinator, Amber Delp, AIM Indy had many individuals who met these requirements and were thrilled to have the chance to interact with proposed employers:

It was so wonderful to see the excitement in the students’ faces. They were very grateful to have this networking opportunity. I was able to watch all my hard work leading up to this point unfold; my passion is to help our students, graduates and community get in contact with the right people to help them with their career and that’s exactly what we accomplished. I like knowing that this one event helped attendees to believe in themselves and inspired them to push for their own personal goals.

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.

AMT Day is May 24. Will there be a DMT Day?

Posted by on May 24, 2017

The FAA explores the future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones, and the possible need for Drone Maintenance Technicians.

By Jul DeGeus

For obvious reasons, we at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance are highly anticipating the celebration of Aviation Maintenance Technician Day on May 24th.

On May 24th in 1868, Charles Edward Taylor was born on a farm in Cerro Gordo, Illinois. He would one day work on engines for the infamous Wright Brothers and become known as the first aviation maintenance technician. (1)

In the latest issue of the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Briefing, assistant editor Jennifer Caron transports you back to the early 1900’s, when the three “crazy” men attempted to make a solid object fly; something that is normal to us today. She then snaps us back into to the present with one genius question: “… you’re an AMT, watching in amazement as drones become increasingly popular. Are YOU the next Charlie Taylor — for drones?” (2)

She’s got a great point- what is the potential outlook for the UAS industry and UAS maintenance technicians? Caron explains the background, demand and the promising opportunities:

The job potential and growth is real, and most believe the UAS industry will grow exponentially. Just consider companies that look to use drones for package delivery. Theoretically, they will need thousands of UAS to meet delivery deadlines not only in the U.S., but around the world…The possibilities are vast. As more and more companies identify and create the need for UAS, the need for UAS technicians will flourish as well. (2)

AIM’s Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems training is a way for individuals to learn more about this evolving industry. It’s a two-day course offered at our Manassas, VA, Chesapeake VA, Atlanta – Metro GA, Dallas – Metro TX, Oakland CA, and Philadelphia PA campuses.

This article, “Drone Maintenance Technician: Aviation Job of the Future?”, is a must read for those interested in UAS, as well as forward thinkers and innovators. Click here to read the article by Jennifer Caron, found on page 33.

Sources:

  1. Taylor, B. (n.d.). Charles E. Taylor: The Man Aviation History Almost Forgot. Retrieved from https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/field_offices/fsdo/phl/local_more/media/CT%20Hist.pdf
  2. Caron, J. (2017, May & June). Drone Maintenance Technician: Aviation Job of the Future.FAA Safety Briefing, 33-34. doi:https://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/2017/media/MayJun2017.pdf

Aviation Institute of Maintenance Campuses Selected to Partner with Delta Air Lines

Posted by on May 18, 2017

A number of Aviation Institute of Maintenance campuses have been selected for a partnership with Delta Air Lines. With this partnership, the campuses gain an industry resource in their efforts to train students in their quest to become FAA certified aviation maintenance technicians.

By Brian Stauss

A number of Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s (AIM) campuses have been selected by Delta Air Lines for a partnership in an effort to prepare for the hiring needs brought about by the forecasted demand for qualified aircraft maintenance technicians.

Over the last few months, Delta TechOps, the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) division of Delta Airlines, has been evaluating aviation maintenance schools, searching for institutions that demonstrate a commitment to meeting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards as well as Delta’s high principles that exceed these industry standards.

Selected for these partnerships include AIM campuses located in the metro areas of Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX and Washington D.C, along with campuses in Las Vegas, NV and Chesapeake, VA.

“This partnership is an incredible opportunity for our students and graduates that will allow us continuous improvement of our Aviation Maintenance Technician program by partnering with one of the premier leaders in the aviation industry,” says Ben Sitton, Executive Director at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s Atlanta metro campus. “Delta Air Lines recognizes the high demand of the Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) position and we are honored to be a resource to assist them in attaining the industry’s best and brightest AMTs.”

About Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast across the United States and headquarters located in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demands of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the FAA exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are located in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Mo., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Learn more at: www.AviationMaintenance.edu.