Most aircraft mechanics and technicians learn their trade in a federally approved training program. Coursework normally lasts 18 to 24 months and provides training with the tools and equipment used on the job. About one-third of the programs award two- or four-year degrees in avionics, aviation technology, or aviation maintenance management.

Increasingly, employers are looking more favourably on aircraft mechanics with a bachelor’s degree. Aircraft trade schools are placing more emphasis on technologies being used in new airplanes, such as turbine engines, composite materials, and aviation electronics. These technical advances require aircraft mechanics to have stronger backgrounds in composite materials and electronics.

Courses in mathematics, physics, chemical engineering, electronics, computer science, and mechanical drawings are helpful because they teach the principles involved in operating an airplane. Aircraft mechanics often need this knowledge to figure out what is wrong and how to fix the problem. Courses that develop writing, communication, and management skills are important for aircraft mechanics who want to move into senior positions.

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Aircraft Mechanics by Strongest Interest Archetype

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Aircraft Mechanic Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Aircraft Mechanics

The most common degree held by aircraft mechanics is Business Management And Administration. 2% of aircraft mechanics had a degree in business management and administration before becoming aircraft mechanics. That is over 0 times the average across all careers.

Aircraft Mechanic Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an Aircraft Mechanic, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of aircraft mechanics % of population Multiple
Business Management And Administration 1.5% 6.5% 0.2×

Aircraft Mechanic Education Levels

85% of aircraft mechanics have an associate's degree. 12% of aircraft mechanics have a high school diploma.

No education 0%
High school diploma 12%
Associate's degree 85%
Bachelor's degree 3%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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