California Aircraft Mechanic Schools

California aircraft mechanic schoolsMany California aviation maintenance training schools are recognized as being of excellent quality, and approximately 20 Aircraft Mechanic Schools are FAA certified in California.  California has a proud history of involvement in the aviation and aerospace industry, and hosts many outstanding institutions. Many unique civilian and military aircraft technology innovations have come out of the aerospace industry in California. California’s climate and an abundance of land for a host of civilian and military airports has for decades fueled steady growth in the state’s aviation industry. Also, it doesn’t hurt that California is populated by smart, forward thinking individuals who have repeatedly made a difference in the progress of aviation in the 20th Century.  On a list of the top 20 aviation maintenance schools in the U.S.,  California can boast of the following aircraft mechanic schools:

  • City College of San Francisco
  • Mt. San Antonio College
  • Long Beach City College
  • Sacramento City College
  • Orange Coast College
  • Chaffey College
  • Antelope Valley College
  • Reedley College

In California, one has a choice of the type of aircraft mechanic school to attend, and several school options are typically available to the budding aircraft mechanic. For instance, if you are living around San Diego, San Diego Miramar College would be a good fit for you. In the Los Angeles area, you have a choice of Crimson Technical College, Long Beach City College, or West Los Angeles College, among others.

California aircraft mechanic schools

Here is a table of the current FAA FAR Part 147 schools in California.


Aircraft Mechanic School NameCityWeb SiteContact
Antelope Valley Community CollegeLancaster

Antelope Valley College
Aviation Institute of MaintenanceOaklandAviation Institute of Maintenance

Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Chaffey Community CollegeRancho Cucamonga

Chaffey College
City College of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCity College of San Francisco

City College of San Francisco
College of AlamedaAlameda

College of  Alameda
Crimson Technical College/Redstone CollegeLos Angeles

Crimson Technical College

Gavilan CollegeGilroy

Gavilan College
Long Beach City CollegeLong Beach

Long Beach City College
Miramar CollegeSan Diego

Miramar SDMC
Mt. San Antonio CollegeWalnut

Mt. San Antonio College
North Valley Occupational CenterMission Hills

North Valley Occupational Center
Orange Coast CollegeCosta Mesa

Orange Coast College
Redstone CollegeInglewood

Redstone College
Reedley CollegeReedley

Reedley College
Sacramento City CollegeMcClellan

Sacramento City College
San Bernardino Valley CollegeSan Bernardino

San Bernardino Valley College
San Joaquin Valley College Aviation Maintenance Technology ProgramSan Joaquin Valley

San Joaquin Valley College
Solano Community CollegeFairfield

Solano Community College
Southern California School of Logistics School of AviationVictorville
West Los Angeles CollegeCulver City

West Los Angeles College
Wyotech Oakland (a branch of Fremont campus)


The State of California has assembled a list of “Training Providers for Airframe Mechanics & Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technic in California.”  It is a state review of the labor conditions in this industry in California, and the training schools in California.

California Aviation Legacy

Just how rich a history aviation in California has, can be seen by the following passage in ” Blue skies on the West Coast: a history of the aerospace industry in Southern California,” by Dwayne A. Day, 2007, The Space Review.

Get in a car and drive and you don’t have to travel far to find evidence of southern California’s aerospace legacy. You can read it on the exit signs for the freeways, names that are synonymous with America’s aerospace heritage. Drive south on the 405 and you’ll pass El Segundo, home to Los Angeles Air Force Base and The Aerospace Corporation. You’ll pass Long Beach, Downey, and Huntington Beach, where companies used to build planes for the Air Force and DC-10s for the airlines, where North American built the Apollo command module. Turn east and you’ll reach March Air Reserve Base and its massive runway for B-52 Stratofortresses, and where the Air Force based its first bombardment wing and conducted the first tests of aerial refueling. Get on the 110 and head north to the 210 and you’ll reach the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, turn west to Burbank, once home to Lockheed’s famed Skunk Works and the place where the U-2 and the Blackbird were designed and built before being crated up and shipped out to the desert for testing. If you head to the southwest you’ll hit Santa Monica, which used to be a euphemism for Douglas Aircraft during the Second World War and later was the home of RAND, where the wizards of armageddon thought about Global Thermonuclear War and then sipped margaritas on the beach during their lunch break. Turn east and head into the Mojave desert and drive past the cactuses and the scrub and you’ll reach the Muroc dry lake and Edwards Air Force Base, home of those men Tom Wolfe called the best goddamned pilots in the world, where B-2 bombers drop smart bombs and C-17 Globemasters drop Humvees into great billowing clouds of dust from the lakebed floor and where massive Saturn F-1 engines used to roar and spew clouds of smoke from the edge of a cliff. “

If you are a resident of California, or have an interest in California aircraft mechanic schools, some of these colleges are worth looking into.

by Steve Adams


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