Have you ever considered becoming an aircraft mechanic? Want to peek under the hood of a plane? In 2019, we received approval from the FAA to provide certified training in this field. Epic Flight Academy in New Smyrna Beach, Florida is pleased to be opening its Part 147 aircraft mechanic school in 2020. Aircraft mechanic jobs are on the rise. If training to become an 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.
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. They are authorized to inspect aircraft, supervise maintenance, perform preventative maintenance, and alter aircraft and aircraft systems. The FAA provides clear rules for certification. 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?
The FAA has two ways of recognizing the student’s ability to demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills for aircraft mechanic certification: practical experience or completion of a training program at a school certificated under Part 147 of the FARs. Epic Flight Academy has received Part 147 approval. Our AMT program will be FAA-approved, so all successful students will complete with an FAA certificate.
What is required to enroll in Epic’s aircraft mechanic program?
The requirements to enroll in our program are as follows:
- Be 18 years old either prior to starting the program OR by completion of the program.
- Pass an entry level exam online.
- Complete an interview with Epic personnel. (We are screening for determination, ability, and reliability.)
What courses are required in this program?
Epic’s program follows FAA guidelines. You must complete the following courses and successfully pass all exams.
- 1: Aviation Maintenance General Technician
- 2: Aviation Maintenance Airframe Technician 1
- 3: Aviation Maintenance Powerplant Technician 2
- Three written exams (one for each course) – pass with a score of 70% or higher
- Practical (hands-on) exam
- Oral exam
How long does the program take?
Each course is 6 months in length, so the entire aircraft mechanic program takes 18 months to complete. This requires you to attend school 5 days per week (Monday through Friday) for 6 hours a day. Each course requires 450 hours of class time.
In this relatively short period of time, you will be qualified to work for any airline!
How do I enroll in the aircraft mechanic program?
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. Below is a partial list of skills you acquire in our program. An overview of the curriculum is listed here:
- Demonstrate basic aircraft drawing skills.
- Perform aircraft weight and balance skills.
- Master ground operations and servicing duties.
- Exhibit mathematical skills.
- Maintain accurate forms and records.
- Apply principles of basic physics.
- Explain understanding of maintenance publications.
- 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.
- Maintain aircraft covering.
- Apply aircraft paint and finishes.
- 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.
- 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-approved mechanic certificate with either an Airframe or Powerplant rating, or both, which is an Aircraft & Powerplant (A&P) Certificate. Epic’s program is FAA approved.
How often do new classes start?
New classes will start three times each year (every four months).
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.
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. There is a critical shortage of vocational and technical skills in today’s marketplace, and we will provide training to help address that shortage.
What types of jobs are available with this certification?
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 certification allows you to work on everything from hot air balloons in Albuquerque to jumbo jets at United. You will be qualified to work for commercial airlines, aircraft manufacturers, Space X, private jet owners, government agencies, and even companies like Disney World. You can even freelance and work for individual airplane owners.
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.
What is the cost for training?
The cost for the full program is $29,000 plus $2,500 for tools. You can pay by the semester, and there is financing available through student loans. Epic Flight Academy has offered flight training scholarships in 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016. In 2020, we will also offer scholarships for our aircraft mechanic program. You will have the potential to earn a generous aircraft mechanic salary that will quickly offset your initial investment.
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. We apply the same values to our new Part 147 aircraft mechanic school by providing highly-credentialed FAA-certified instructors. Taking your training right here at the airport means you’ll learn in a hands-on environment, so 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 expect to 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
We wish you a bright future on your new career path!