It makes sense that aviation is one of the most regulated industries in the United States: The U.S. also has one of the best safety records when it comes to passenger aircraft anywhere on Earth.
Every year, more than 600 million passengers board U.S. domestic flights. This number is only expected to increase, and aircraft maintenance mechanics are a key part of that growth!
So, what’s the story when it comes to special qualifications for aircraft mechanics?
The answer is actually much simpler and more straightforward than you might think.
It’s Possible For Some Aircraft Mechanics To Practice With Very Few Certifications
Not all aircraft mechanics need specialized, high level qualifications. If you are just starting out, then all you need is to attend a program for aircraft maintenance approved by the FAA.
There are programs like this all around the country, and the number of programs that you can choose from is increasing every year. Some of the best programs are found in hub cities of the major commercial airlines in the U.S., such as Georgia.
These programs generally take about two years to complete. However, there are programs that can be significantly faster than this, using an “accelerated” format. In accelerated programs, there is an even greater focus on demonstrating your practical skills.
Most Newly Trained Aircraft Mechanics Will Be Ready For A Basic FAA Certification
A reputable program should prepare you for the basic FAA certification, which allows you to practice as an aircraft mechanic without being supervised by a senior mechanic.
When you achieve this level of recognition, you will also have the ability to clear an aircraft or its parts for return to service without having your work reviewed by a colleague.
Although FAA certification is probably the most important one for launching your career, you’ll also find a variety of other optional certifications that you could choose to pursue or not.
Some of these are offered by professional associations, while others are provided by universities and may even lead to specialized degrees. The more specialized and advanced a person becomes, the more opportunities may open up.
At Covington Aircraft, we constantly encourage all of our team members to strive and develop their skills, ensuring that our maintenance organization is one of the best qualified in the U.S.