Aircraft Mechanic Program
Have you ever considered becoming an aircraft mechanic?
Want to peek under the hood of a plane? Epic Flight Academy in New Smyrna Beach, Florida invites you to enroll in our FAA Part 147 aircraft mechanic program. Did you know that aircraft mechanic jobs are on the rise? So is the pay! If training to become an FAA-certified airframe and powerplant (A&P) aviation mechanic (also known as an AMT – aviation maintenance technician) in the aerospace industry is something you’ve been thinking about, we invite you to read on, and check out our video! Become trained to repair helicopter and plane equipment, troubleshoot engine problems, and more. There are thousands of entry level positions in this industry. So, if you are thinking about a career change, consider becoming an aircraft mechanic.
Our main campus is located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Construction is underway at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) for another training facility. We expect to our first class there to begin April 15, 2024 pending FAA approval.
What is required to enroll in Epic’s aircraft mechanic program?
Epic offers an FAA Part 147 program. This means that instead of serving as an apprentice for several years, you can go straight into the program and earn your FAA certification. The requirements to enroll in our program are as follows:
- First of all, you must be 18 years old by completion of the program.
- Also, you must have a high school diploma or equivalency.
- Additionally, you must speak, read, write, and understand English.
Once I’m enrolled, what steps must I take to complete the program and become an aircraft mechanic?
- Once you have qualified to enroll, you must pay a $145 application fee.
- Next, you will need to pay your course tuition ($9,000) before beginning your first course. After that, you can pay as you go. Tuition is $45,000 total, which includes: 5 courses, books, tools, materials, and 3 FAA written exams.
- You will need to complete and pass 5 courses.
- You must take and pass 3 FAA written exams. (cost included in tuition).
- Finally, at the completion of the program, you must take and pass your FAA oral and practical exams. The FAA charges $1,050 for these (NOT included in tuition).
- Once you have passed, you will be an FAA-certified A&P aircraft mechanic.
What happens after I complete my training?
- First of all, you can begin applying for aircraft mechanic positions as soon as you’ve passed your oral and practical exam.
- Use your network that you developed at Epic to find the perfect job. We host regular career sessions with many airlines.
- Likewise, check with Epic’s maintenance program to see if we have openings. We love to hire our graduates!
- Also, research current mechanic salaries and prepare for your interview.
- Most importantly, get ready to enjoy your new career as an aircraft mechanic! Average starting salaries are approximately $60,000.
What is an aircraft mechanic school?
An aircraft mechanic school is where students train to become an Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT), the FAA title applied to aircraft mechanics. Another common name for an aircraft mechanic is Airframe & Powerplant (A&P). These technicians are trained to maintain and repair airplanes and jets to meet FAA standards. Furthermore, they are authorized to inspect aircraft, supervise maintenance, perform preventative maintenance, and alter aircraft and aircraft systems. Epic is proud to be selected by the FAA to offer an aircraft mechanic school at our flight school location at the New Smyrna Beach Airport.
What is a Part 147 school?
There are two ways of recognizing the student’s ability to demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills for aircraft mechanic: practical experience or completion of a training program at a school certificated under Part 147 of the FARs. Epic’s program is Part 147, which is approved by the FAA.
What courses are required in this program?
Epic’s program follows FAA guidelines. You must complete the following courses and successfully pass all exams.
- General Technician – Aviation Maintenance
- Airframe Technician Part 1 – Aviation Maintenance
- Airframe Technician Part 2 – Aviation Maintenance
- Powerplant Technician Part 1 – Aviation Maintenance
- Powerplant Technician Part 2 – Aviation Maintenance
- Complete three written exams (General, Airframe, and Powerplant). You must pass with a score of 70% or higher. (Note: These are FAA exams and the cost of $175 each is included in tuition.)
- Take and pass the FAA practical (hands-on) exam.
- Take and pass the FAA oral exam. (Note: The practical and oral exams cost a total of $1,050. These are NOT covered by tuition.)
How long does the program take?
Each course is approximately 4 months in length, so the entire aircraft mechanic program takes about 19 months to complete. This requires you to attend school 4 days per week (Monday through Thursday), 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Each course requires 450 hours of class time.
Therefore, in this relatively short period of time, you will be qualified to work for any airline! New classes begin every three months.
What skills will I learn in the aircraft mechanic program?
You will gain knowledge, develop skills, and foster a disposition of safety and care in this program. The majority of your learning experiences will be hands-on (60% labs, 40% lecture). You will work on actual aircraft with other students, and we pride ourselves on keeping our class size small. Training begins with an introduction and orientation.
Below is a partial list of skills you acquire in our program. This is a brief description of the curriculum:
- Demonstrate basic aircraft drawing skills.
- Perform aircraft weight and balance skills.
- Master ground operations and servicing duties.
- Exhibit mathematical skills.
- Learn how to problem solve and trouble-shoot.
- Maintain accurate forms and records.
- Use computer skills for record-keeping.
- Apply principles of basic physics.
- Explain understanding of maintenance publications.
- Learn the parts of an airplane and their functions.
- Examine structural integrity of aircraft.
- Engage in professional communication skills.
- Determine and maintain correct levels of aircraft fluid lines.
- Adjust and maintain aircraft fittings.
- Clean and maintain corrosion-control of equipment.
- Master basic electricity skills.
- Master basic welding skills.
- Maintain aircraft covering.
- Apply aircraft paint and finishes.
- Inspect, repair, and maintain avionics.
- Maintain wood structures.
- Repair and/or build sheet-metal and non-metallic structures.
- Inspect, repair, and maintain aircraft landing-gear systems, hydraulic and pneumatic power systems, cabin atmosphere control systems, and aircraft instrument systems.
- Weld and assemble rigging and airframe to pass inspection.
- Inspect, repair, and maintain communication and navigation systems.
- Learn how to access and use PDF forms from the FAA.
- Demonstrate the skills of an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) with an FAA Airframe rating.
- Inspect, repair, and maintain aircraft fuel systems, aircraft electrical systems, and position and warning systems.
- Demonstrate an attitude of safety and care.
- Inspect, repair, and maintain ice and rain control systems.
- Exhibit knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration Airframe licensing requirements.
- Inspect, repair, and maintain aircraft fire-protection systems.
What certificate will I earn in this program?
You will earn an FAA mechanic certificate with either an Airframe or Powerplant rating, or both, upon completion of all courses. This is known as an Aircraft & Powerplant (A&P) Certificate.
How often do new classes start?
New classes will start three times each year in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and Erlanger, Kentucky (Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport). Currently, the following are start dates:
- February 12, 2024 (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
- April 15, 2024 (Erlanger, KY) – tentative pending FAA approval
- June 10, 2024 (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
- August 12, 2024) (Erlanger, KY)
- October 7, 2024 (Erlanger, KY)
Is this program approved for Veterans Training?
Yes. Under benefits provided by the GI Bill®, veterans can attend Epic’s aircraft mechanic program. This includes Army, Navy, Air Force, and all military service members deemed eligible for GI Bill® benefits. Now that you’re a civilian, why not take advantage of those benefits? (Note: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).)
Can international students train as aircraft mechanics?
Yes. Once you have ensured you are eligible to train at Epic, you will submit your visa processing fee. This covers your SEVIS I-901 government fee, I-20 processing, incoming student package, and English Assessment. Remember to prepare well for your visa interview.
- SEVIS fee is $350 for the I-20
- Once you pay the SEVIS fee, you will receive your I-20. Next, you go the U.S. Embassy. Our Admissions Team will assist in scheduling your M-1 Student Visa interview with the U.S. Embassy nearest you. Prior to the interview, our team will go over what to expect, suggested attire, required documentation, and additional interview techniques for successful issuance of your visa.
- Your I-20 is valid for 12 months, so you will complete an extension once you are nearing 12 months in your training. Since the program takes approximately 19 months, you will be approved for a total of 20 months.
- After you complete your training, you have 30 days before you must leave the U.S.
How much is the average aircraft mechanic salary?
Starting pay for aircraft mechanics is in the neighborhood of $60,000, but this will vary depending on which company you choose for your employer. The pay per hour ranges from $20 to $50 depending on multiple factors. So, we encourage you to research further details about aircraft mechanic salaries and wages including starting, average, and top pay. There is currently an aircraft mechanic shortage, so many companies are offering signing bonuses and excellent benefits.
Is there a need for A&Ps in the workforce?
Yes, as the pilot shortage continues, flight schools around the world must purchase more training aircraft, which requires them to hire more aircraft mechanics. Additionally, as air travel continues to increase worldwide each year, airlines are expanding their fleets. Aircraft maintenance technicians continue to be in high demand. Due in part to a lack of trade schools, there is a critical shortage of vocational and technical skills in today’s marketplace, and we provide training to help address that shortage. In fact, GE Electric recently contacted Epic to recruit mechanics at the starting pay of $31 per hour. Additionally, FEAM Maintenance / Engineering offers both employment and $15,000 in tuition support for Epic students.
What types of jobs are available with this training?
Epic Flight Academy’s Aircraft Mechanic Program opens the door for you to have an amazing career in aviation or related industries. By earning your Airframe & Powerplant (A&P), you’ll be on a pathway to your choice of financially rewarding aircraft mechanic jobs. This training allows you to work on everything from hot air balloons in Albuquerque to jumbo jets at United, UPS or FedEx. You will be qualified to work for commercial airlines, aircraft manufacturers, Space X, private jet owners, government agencies, and even companies like Disney World. Whether a Boeing or Airbus, youYou can even freelance and work for individual airplane owners. Epic maintains partnerships to provide interview opportunities for its graduates.
Upon completion of the program, you will possess the license and qualifications so you can be hired immediately. The demand is so high today that many airlines provide signing bonuses of up to $15,000 and relocation incentives. Whether you’re just starting in aviation or already established, the A&P license offers a fulfilling career. And, with more than 670,000 new jobs opening over the next 10 years, you will have many options. The cost of your educational investment will pay off in a field that offers numerous careers. Whether you find employment with Delta or Disney or decide to work at great flight school like Epic, we know you will find the career path that fits you best because the options are endless.
Does Epic offer career seminars?
Yes, aircraft mechanics are in high demand, sow we frequently host airlines and other businesses that are looking to hire Epic graduates. Our students learn about salaries, signing bonuses, and benefits. We host such seminars at multiple times throughout the year.
What is the cost for training?
The cost for tuition is $45,000 ($9,000 per course), which includes books, materials, tool set and tool box, and 3 FAA written exams. There is a $145 application fee once you are approved. Upon completion of the program, there is an FAA oral exam and an FAA practical exam. These cost a total of $1,050. Above all, we disclose all costs upfront so you can plan accordingly. Total cost is: $46,195.
- Tuition: $45,000 (5 courses at $9,000 each)
- Application fee: $145
- FAA oral and practical exams: $1,050
- TOTAL: $46,195
Are there payment options for tuition?
You do not pay the full tuition price upfront. Rather, you pay $9,000 per course as you progress through the program. The first semester’s payment is due when you sign your enrollment documents. After that, you will be invoiced one week prior to the first day of class during subsequent semesters. These payments are due upon receipt. Furthermore, financing is available through student loans.
Why should I choose Epic’s aircraft mechanic school?
Epic Flight Academy is located at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport in beautiful New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Our flight school has successfully trained thousands of airline pilots, and we value our sterling reputation in the aviation industry. Similarly, we apply the same values to our Part 147 aircraft mechanic school by providing highly-credentialed instructors. In other words, training at the airport means you’ll learn in a hands-on environment. Therefore, you can observe our A&Ps conduct inspections, make repairs, and do preventative maintenance. And, just as we hire our flight school graduates to become instructors in the flight school, we also hire graduates from our aircraft maintenance school to work on our planes and teach in our school. Why? Because we know they will be trained to the highest standards and meet all FAA requirements!
Does Epic provide scholarships for its aircraft mechanic school?
When you apply for Aircraft Mechanic training, your Epic recruiter will help you apply for any scholarships available to help offset tuition. Furthermore, we offer two annual scholarships for high school seniors. Most importantly, you will have the potential to earn a generous aircraft mechanic salary that will quickly offset your initial investment.covers the full tuition of the Aircraft Mechanic Program. Also, numerous organizations offer aviation scholarships.
Additionally, Women in Aviation International awards a $25,000 Epic scholarship annually as do the Latino Pilots Association, the National Gay Pilots Association, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, and the Professional Asian Pilots Association. Epic donates these scholarship each year in its commitment to the profession. The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) also offers scholarships.
Tuition Reimbursement for CVG Location
FEAM Aero is offering eight $25,000 tuition reimbursements for training at our new aircraft mechanic school at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The school will open in 2024. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2024.
Can my training transfer as college credit?
Yes! Thanks to our partnership with Polk State College, your FAA AMT/A&P certificate can transfer toward an associate’s degree. PSC will award 30 credit hours, and you’ll be halfway to your AS degree in Aviation Maintenance Administration. Your resume is looking better all the time!
Do Epic students wear uniforms?
We do not require a specific uniform, although we do have a dress code for safety. Epic provides three shirts at the start of your program. These are gray with the Epic logo.
Aviation & Technical Classroom Teachers
We are frequently asked by teachers for information they can share with their students. If you teach aviation topics or mechanical courses, you can download and print our poster for your classroom. Feel free to reach out if you have specific questions.
News and Trends Regarding Aircraft Mechanic Careers
- Sept, 27, 2023 – General Aviation News reports the airline mechanic shortage as “critical.”
- Aug. 29, 2023 – Fox Business reports a need for 12,000 to 18,000 aircraft mechanics due to the shortage.
- June 27, 2023 – United Airlines announced the need to hire 7,000 aircraft mechanics due to the current shortage.
- Jun. 1, 2023 – The Associated Press reports on airlines’ desperation to hire aircraft mechanics due to the wave of retirements.
- Apr. 20, 2023 – NBC 26 in Wisconsin shares the perks and pay for aircraft mechanics at Air Wisconsin.
- Feb. 2, 2023 – Forbes reported on the severe shortage of aircraft mechanics due to increases in travel.
- Dec. 30, 2022 – Money magazine reported on the best paying jobs in aviation, which includes aircraft mechanics.
- Oct. 19, 2022 – Aviation Week reported on the aviation technician shortage, which was addressed at NBAA.
- Jun. 9, 2022 – Business Insider reports that Boeing’s ability to build a new Air Force One is hampered because of the aircraft mechanic shortage.
- Apr. 4, 2022 – WCVB News reports challenges due to the aircraft mechanic and pilot shortage.
- Mar. 16, 2022 – Piedmont Airlines shines a spotlight on a female aircraft maintenance technician (AMT).
- Mar. 8, 2022 – Flying Magazine reports on the growing number of women training to become aircraft mechanics because of the opportunities.
- Mar. 2, 2022 – The Washington Times reports signing bonuses and perks to help reduce aircraft mechanic shortage. As a result, competition is increasing between airlines.
- Feb. 23, 2022 – Pensacola News Journal reports ST Engineering’s aircraft maintenance facility has more than 200 employees, with average salaries over $60,000. Above all, the aviation business continues to expand.
- Jan. 25, 2022 – Travel Weekly reports on hiring challenges and the growing aircraft mechanic and engineer shortage.
- Dec. 15, 2021 – Dayton Daily News reports on new million dollar program to expand aircraft mechanic training with positions at Dayton International Airport paying $50,000 to $75,000. Furthermore, the contract supports hiring.
- Nov. 16, 2021 – WIFR reports that the State of Illinois gave $2.6 million to support aircraft mechanic training in Rockford to help alleviate aircraft mechanic shortages. Above all, the occupation is in high demand.
Do you have more questions?
Join Epic’s Aircraft Mechanics Forum to share thoughts, ask questions, and connect with others who are interested in this career. The Forum is a great place to exchange ideas and share information! You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions regarding our Aircraft Mechanic program.
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We wish you a bright future on your new career path!