Aircraft Mechanic Schools

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Aircraft Mechanic Schools

Recently, the labor market demand has improved for graduates of aircraft mechanic schools. In 2010, Boeing released an assessment of the aircraft mechanic industry, which concludes the aviation industry will require 30,000 new mechanics each year to meet demand. To enter into this potentially lucrative field, however, one must be certified by the FAA.  How does one obtain this coveted FAA certification?


The FAA has prepared a document,  answering basic questions on aviation mechanic certificates and licenses. They have made this FAQ available at

Further, the FAA has released the following additional FAQ on its Airframe and Power Plant Certificate, see

In addition, to assist prospective licensees, a roadmap to certification is provided at

State-by-State listing of FAA approved aircraft mechanic schools

A useful state-by-state listing of FAA-approved aircraft mechanic schools is available at

Or, an equivalent alternative listing is available at

An FAA approved list of Aircraft Mechanic schools, current as of 2006,  is available at

Let’s say you have arranged attendance and a curriculum at one of the FAA-approved aircraft mechanic schools. What is a typical lecture like? It all depends on the subject material, of course. As an example, the following video shows a professor reviewing the Otto cycle, essential to understanding a piston reciprocating engine.


An example of a typical aircraft mechanic curriculum can be seen at , where a student can study to obtain A&P license and certification. There is no “ranking” of aviation mechanic schools. However, an obvious candidate for a top ranked aeronautical school is Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (

One must decide on a career objective:  if your intent is to get good, basic aircraft mechanic training and get FAA certification in a timely manner, then perhaps the best option is to seek a local FAA-approved aircraft mechanic school, graduate in as little as 18 months, and start earning and obtaining experience in this industry. On the other hand, if your intent is to really understand in depth many aspects of  aviation, then aircraft mechanic schools like Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University may be more appropriate for you.