Top Aviation Maintenance Schools in the U.S.

Aug 06, 2018

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Aviation maintenance programs are typically found at the undergraduate level, and some of the top schools who offer these programs include Broward College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. Aviation maintenance technicians complete FAA-approved training or degree programs.

Aviation maintenance programs can be found in community and technical colleges, universities, and specialized aeronautical schools. These include Broward College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, both top-ranked schools, and Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, one of the oldest aviation maintenance schools in the country.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was tied at #12 in the U.S. News & World Report's 2017 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.

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.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics was formed by Glenn Curtiss and Orville Wright 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, and South Carolina.

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.

Broward College

Broward College's aviation education programs are scheduled so that full-time working students can continue employment. Broward College was ranked #58 on WalletHub's 2016 list of the best community colleges in the country.

The school offers an associate's degree in aviation maintenance. Students earn diplomas for airframe or power plant mechanics, which are required for certification, and can also earn an Avionics Technician certificate. Internships may be available.

Top Aviation Maintenance Schools

Some of the country's other top aviation maintenance schools include the following:

College/University Name Distinction Location
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 Students with an FAA A&P certificate can earn advanced standing Jacksonville, FL
Mt. San Antonio College Offers a two-year daytime program and a two-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 two-hangar facility and on 15 aircraft, including five helicopters Portland, OR
Reedley College Students in the aviation maintenance technician program can take any federally regulated exams on-site (i.e., airframe and power plant) Reedley, CA
Tarrant County College District One of the top twenty largest colleges in the country Fort Worth, TX
University of Alaska 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

When considering a school, aspiring aviation maintenance technicians may look for options that include flexible schedules and program concentrations. Students may also consider a school's ranking or entry requirements.

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