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Aviation Mechanic Schools and Colleges with Degree Program Info

Aviation mechanic schools and community colleges offer a few options to prepare for this field. The two most common training programs include a certificate in aviation mechanics and an associate's degree in aviation maintenance technology.

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Prospective students who wish to break into aviation mechanics have two training program options to choose from. Would-be aviation mechanics should ensure that their certificate program of choice is certified by the Federal Aviation Commission (FAA).

The schools listed below offer certificates and associate's degrees.

10 Schools with Aviation Mechanic Programs

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Spokane Community College Spokane, WA Public Certificate, Associate's $5,997 total per quarter
Pima Community College Tuscon, AZ Public Associate's $1,974 (in-state), $8,610 (out-of-state)
Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH Public Certificate, Associates $16,500 (in-state), $27,000 (out-of-state) total
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT Public Associate's $12,500 total
Portland Community College Portland, OR Public Certificate, Associate's $16,000 total
Lansing Community College Lansing, MI Public Certificate, Associate's $22,182 (in-district), $34,954 (in-state) total
Everett Community College Everett, WA Public Certificate, Associate's $29,120 total
Hinds Community College Raymond, MS Public Associate's $2,600 (in-state), $5,200 (out-of-state)
Tarrant County College Fort Worth, TX Public Certificate, Associate's $1,320 (in-district), $2,064 (in-state), $4,920 (out-of-state)
Gateway Community College Phoenix, AZ Public Associate's $2,046 (in-state), $7,830 (out-of-state)

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, School Websites

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College Selection Criteria

Prospective students entering into an associate's degree program in aviation mechanics should check with the school's department to ensure eligibility for FAA certification, and hands-on experiences are another attribute to look for in a program. You should also keep the following in mind:

  • Certificate programs consist of a maximum of 1200 training hours.
  • An associate's degree offers the opportunity to compete for entry-level aviation mechanics positions.
  • Look for programs that offer a high amount of lab hours - these are done in hangars where hands-on training is provided.
  • General education courses are required if pursuing an associate's degree.

Certificate Program

Aviation mechanics certificate programs are completed by fulfilling a required number of training hours. This number may vary from program to program but can go as high as 1,200. Courses may be grouped by blocks and each block can consist of 400 or 300 training hours. Some of the common courses offered in an aviation mechanics certificate program include aircraft fuel systems, airframe inspection, fluid lines and fittings, servicing and ground operations and aircraft electrical systems.

Students are also required to take courses in areas such as welding, mathematics, physics, aircraft systems drawings and weight and balance. Classes are divided into both theoretical and practical components. However, much of what a student learns about the field is done by completing various practical exercises in an aviation mechanics garage.

Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

An associate's degree program in aviation maintenance technology can be completed in two years of full-time study and is offered by many community colleges. General education courses are required along with aviation mechanics classes to complete the degree program. Some common core courses include ignition systems, airframe inspection, lubrication systems and propellers, fuel metering systems and aircraft landing gear systems.

Many of these courses feature a laboratory component where students are required to complete hands-on exercises. A graduate who holds an associate's degree in aviation maintenance technology and is FAA certified can compete for entry-level aviation mechanic positions in areas such as aircraft modification, overhaul, maintenance and repair.

Students who are interested in aviation mechanics will be able to complete a certificate or an associate's degree through any program that is certified by the FAA. Many of the programs available allow you to obtain a certificate on the way to completing your associate's degree.

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