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Online Aircraft Maintenance Degrees

What Does Aircraft Maintenance Involve?

An aircraft mechanic must perform scheduled maintenance, make repairs, and complete the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required inspections. Most aircraft mechanics specialize in preventive maintenance, which means they search for potential problems in order to stop them from occurring. This can involve using x-rays or magnetic inspection equipment to search for invisible cracks, testing equipment, and working on engines, landing gear, and brakes along with other airplane parts. They must also maintain detailed records of their work.

What Training or Degree Do You Need to Work in Aircraft Maintenance?

The FAA certifies "airframe mechanics" and "powerplant mechanics." Airframe mechanics can work on any part of the plane except for the instruments, power plants, and propellers. By contrast, powerplant mechanics work on the engine and can do limited work on propellers. You can be a combination airframe-and-powerplant mechanic, called an A&P mechanic, and then work on all parts of the plane except the instruments.

To obtain one certificate, you need at least 18 months of work experience or complete an FAA-certified program. To get the combined A&P certificate you need 30 months of training and experience working with both the engine and airframe. You will also need to pass written, oral, and practical tests.

Trade schools offer a 2-year or 4-year degree in avionics, aviation technology, or aviation maintenance management. Training includes learning how to use the necessary equipment, turbine engines, composite materials, and aviation electronics.

Career Outlook and Salary Ranges

Job opportunities should increase as fast as the national average for all occupation, and the average aircraft maintenance technician earns around $21.30 per hour.

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