What is an Aviation Maintenance Technician?
Have you considered aviation maintenance as a career choice? If you haven't, you are missing out on an exciting, challenging, fulfilling, and lucrative lifetime opportunity!
Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) are at the top of the ladder when it comes to technical know-how, problem solving skills, mechanical aptitude and just plain desire to be a valued professional for one of the thousands of fine companies that are seeking your employment. Men and women who perform maintenance on today's fleet of modern aircraft are not just mechanics anymore, they are technicians and they need to be highly trained and willing to accept the high degree of responsibility that helps make it a challenging career.
AMTs don't just perform maintenance on one part of an aircraft such as the hydraulic system, radios or engines. They work on all aspects of the aircraft (this includes helicopters and gliders of all sizes and shapes-even blimps and balloons). Most employers offer competitive wages and excellent benefits including free transportation to many parts of the world for you and your family. AMTs are in high demand!
About 170 technical schools and colleges provide the training required to become an AMT across the country, some 150 of those schools are members of ATEC, the Aviation Technician Education Council. It is likely that one or more of these training facilities are located near your
hometown. The Federal Aviation Administration regulates all the training programs in order to insure that all required subjects are taught to high standards so that students will be well prepared to enter any segment of the aviation industry upon graduation.
Depending on which school you choose, the training will normally require 15 months to 2 years to complete. The various aviation maintenance schools offer Degrees, Diplomas or Certificates, but no matter which one you choose, they all prepare you to successfully pass the testing that is necessary to earn your federal Airframe & Powerplant Certificate. This Certificate is important since thousands of employers require you to have it in order to work on their multimillion dollar aircraft.
To learn more about this exciting industry, watch the ATEC video "Nowhere To Go But UP" on this page. To determine whether you would like to pursue a career maintaining today's modern aircraft, please contact a school of your choice to find out how to qualify. During
your search you will learn that most schools offer housing, transportation, financial aid and placement services. All of the ATEC member schools are listed, and details are provided, on the "Members" portion of this web site.
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