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Aviation Maintenance Schools, Universities and Colleges

Aviation maintenance personnel repair and maintain civilian and military aircraft. In selecting a school, prospective students interested in aviation maintenance may consider such factors as whether a college or university prepares them for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification, curricular emphases and hands-on training opportunities.

Prospective aviation maintenance students study a variety of courses, from physics to mechanical drawing, to help prepare for a career in this detail-oriented field. Program options in this field range from 1-year programs to 4-year degree options.

Schools for Aviation Maintenance:

This list of colleges and universities identifies some schools offering aviation maintenance programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)
Amarillo College Amarillo, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $2,010; In-state $3,042; Out-of-state $4,578*
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $1,598; Out-of-state $7,554*
Kansas State University Manhattan, KS 4-year, Public Bachelor's In-state $9,350; Out-of-state $23,429*
Lansing Community College Lansing, MI 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $3,020; In-state $5,660; Out-of-state $8,300*
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI 2-year, Public Diploma In-state $4,360; Out-of-state $6,286*
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $1,184; Out-of-state $6,584*
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, AK 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's In-state $5,545; Out-of-state $17,177*
Victor Valley College Victorville, CA 2-year, Public Certificate $3,634**
Trident Technical College Charleston, SC 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $4,039; In-state $4,481; Out-of-state $7,645*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); **Victor Valley College

School Selection Criteria

Students may want to consider the following when choosing an aviation maintenance school:

  • Students may want to look for a program that offers prep courses for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification, as this is required for most aviation repair positions.
  • Students may want to take into account whether a program places emphasis on computer technology, since technological advances have made this a key factor in aviation maintenance.
  • Students may want to consider schools that offer internship or co-op opportunities that allow students to attend school while working in the field in order to gain hands-on experience.
  • Some programs can transfer towards a bachelor's degree program in aviation management, which may appeal to some students who are interested in further studies.

Those interested in working in aviation maintenance can enter the field with a certificate, diploma, associate's degree or bachelor's degree that can be earned at a public or private college or university. Aspiring aviation mechanics can find many program options at 2-year institutions, and some certificate and associate's programs prepare students to transfer to bachelor's programs.

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