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Top Aviation Maintenance Schools in the U.S.

Get information about aviation maintenance schools. See what kinds of degree, certificate and training programs are offered and what makes the profiled schools stand out.

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Aviation maintenance technicians complete FAA-approved training or degree programs. Aviation maintenance programs can be found in community and technical colleges, state universities and specialized aeronautical schools. These include Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a top-ranked school, and Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, one of the oldest aviation maintenance schools in the country.

1. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida

School Highlight: Embry-Riddle was #10 in the U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Regional Universities in the South list.

Founded in 1925, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has primary campus locations in Daytona Beach and Prescott, AZ. The school also features more than 150 other training centers and teaching locations around the world, as well as online educational offerings. Embry-Riddle offers certificate, undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs. The majority of Embry-Riddle's programs provide training in aviation, aeronautics or engineering. Embry-Riddle offers associate's and bachelor's degree programs in aviation maintenance science. The associate's degree program prepares students to take the FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic's certification exam. The bachelor's degree program in aviation maintenance science offers concentrations in maintenance management, aerospace electronics and flight.

2. Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

School Highlight: Glenn Curtiss and Orville Wright formed the school in 1929.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) was one of the first aviation schools to receive approval by the Civil Aeronautics Authority, a precursor to the FAA. PIA continues to hold FAA approval. The institute has four campus locations located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia. PIA offers aviation and technology programs, as well as its Jump Start program, which provides short-term training in specific fields. Students can enroll in a diploma or an associate's degree program in aviation maintenance technician. Both programs prepare students for taking the A&P Mechanic's certification exam.

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Top Aviation Maintenance Schools

College/University Name Distinction Location
Broward College Aviation education programs are scheduled so that full-time working students can continue employment Fort Lauderdale, FL
Chaffey College Applicants are not required to have previous mechanical experience or related skills to be accepted into the aviation maintenance technology program Rancho Cucamonga, CA
City College of San Francisco Applicants aren't required to have technical experience or education prior to admission San Francisco, CA
Florida State College at Jacksonville Students with an FAA A&P certificate can earn advanced standing Jacksonville, FL
Mt. San Antonio College Offers a 2-year daytime program and a 2-year evening program for working students Walnut, CA
Pima Community College Prospective aviation students have to complete two prerequisite classes before applying to the program Tucson, AZ
Portland Community College Hands-on student work takes place in the school's 2-hangar facility and on 16 aircraft, including 5 helicopters Portland, OR
Reedley College Students in the aviation maintenance technician program can take any federally regulated exams on-site (i.e., airframe and powerplant) Reedley, CA
Tarrant County College District Enrollment for Tarrant is the 6th largest for colleges in Texas Fort Worth, TX
University of Alaska Anchorage Certificate and associate's degree programs in aviation maintenance are available; continued education can lead to a B.S. in Aviation Technology with a concentration in aviation management Anchorage, AK
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