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.
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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.