Top Schools for Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance

Read about degree programs in airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance, and find out what's required to work in this field. Learn about the training options at three top-notch schools, and get an idea of what other colleges and universities in the U.S. provide training for airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance professionals.

School Information

Airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance are regulated professions certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). To qualify for aviation and powerplant certifications, students must complete specific training approved by the FAA. Community colleges, technical schools and universities offer degree and certificate programs that offer this training and incorporate it into associate and bachelor's degree programs. The three highlighted below include a designated aeronautics college, as well as a national and regional university.

1. Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Flushing, NY

School Highlight:Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology offers online associate and bachelor's degree programs in aviation maintenance.

The Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology ranked 22nd among the top regional colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The college includes the Aviation Training Institute that prepares students for employment in the aviation maintenance field. Training options include an FAA-approved certificate program in aviation maintenance with airframe and powerplant instruction. Students can also earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Aviation Maintenance. Prior to enrolling, applicants must pass the FAA airframe and powerplant certification exams.

2. Lewis University in Romeoville, IL

School Highlight: With less than 15 students per classroom, small classes is one of the many features at Lewis University.

As of 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Lewis University 23st among the best regional universities in the Midwest. The university offers a B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Management program that trains students for positions as FAA-certified aviation maintenance technicians. The school also offers a 65-66-credit certificate program and a 77-78-credit associate degree option that also qualifies graduates for both FAA certifications. School resources and facilities include an on-campus airport, airplane hangar, flight simulator and university-owned aircraft.

3. University of Alaska Fairbanks

School Highlight: Admission to the University of Alaska's airframe and powerplant programs are left up to the discretion of the program's faculty and an interview with the faculty advisor.

The university offers aviation maintenance certificate programs through its College of Rural and Community Development at the UAF Community and Technical College. The airframe or powerplant certificate programs require 31 credits to complete and can be combined with a 49-credit-hour certificate program. Credits earned through both the airframe and powerplant certificate programs can be applied toward an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance.

Top Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Andrews University Facilities include a flight simulation building Berrien Springs, MI
Broward College* Partnership with HOVA flight services Fort Lauderdale, FL
Idaho State University Students work under supervision on real customers' aircraft Pocatello, ID
Middle Georgia College Offers A&P certificate programs, as well as multiple associate and bachelor's degrees in aviation Cochran, GA
South Seattle Community College Students learn at on-campus hangar and Boeing Field Seattle, WA
Southeastern Oklahoma State University Students have access to multiple training aircraft and a flight deck simulator Durant, OK
Western Michigan University Hall of Honor at the College of Aviation recognizes accomplished alumni Kalamazoo, MI

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