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Aircraft Maintenance Technology

What can I do in aircraft maintenance technology?

Aircraft maintenance technology, now more than ever, is a good career move. Aircraft maintenance technicians (or A&P mechanics as they are more commonly known) are licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to maintain aircraft of all types. Major airlines, FAA repair stations and even aircraft manufacturers are continually looking for certificated aircraft mechanics to assemble and maintain aircraft and associated systems.

What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?

Anyone desiring a career in aircraft maintenance should possess a basic knowledge of math and physics. It is also helpful to have a mechanical aptitude. Reading comprehension is a desirable skill. Much of the work involves physical abilities such as standing, bending and crawling into tight places. The ability to work on scaffolding with power tools is required at times.

Where can I work?

Aircraft maintenance technology professionals may work at major and regional airlines, air taxi services, fixed-base operators, major corporations or the federal government. And some aircraft maintenance technology professionals with business expertise open their own shops. Nationally, licensed journeyman earn an average salary of $30,000 to $68,000. Those employed by major airlines can expect to earn the most money and receive the best benefits.

What does Trident Technical College offer?

Trident Technical College helps fill the need for trained and certified aircraft maintenance technicians through either an accredited associate degree program or a certificate program that prepares students for certification by the FAA as airframe and powerplant technicians. TTC's Aircraft Maintenance Technology program is certified by the FAA under 14 CFR Part 147(#EC9T107R).

Students receive hands-on training. Our advanced composite class runs for seven days and is a part of ACM 135, Sheet Metal and Non-metallic Structures. The students work with epoxy resin, honeycomb core and woven cloth made from Kevlar and fiberglass.