Aviation Maintenance Training

Written by Robert Mac
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Aviation maintenance training can be an enjoyable experience, no matter where you go. With hundreds of academies around the nation to choose from, the prospective plane mechanic has plenty of options: from small towns to big metropolises, west coast to east coast. And, according to the Future Aviation Professionals of America, 50,000 new mechanics will be needed in the next 10 years, so jobs will be waiting.

Selected Aviation Maintenance Training Facilities

The coursework for aviation maintenance training is very similar wherever you study, as each program must conform to strict FAA standards. What does differ are the schools themselves; how they operate, where they are, and what their philosophies are. For example, Eastern New Mexico University at Roswell is a student-centered learning environment that's been around for 35 years. Roswell is a quiet, desert city with a slow pace.

On the other hand, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is on the coast of Florida, amidst the state's high-profile aviation and aerospace industry. They have a fast track aviation maintenance training program, cranking out mechanics in just over a year. From top to bottom, this a much different learning experience than the dry desert of Roswell; not better or worse, just different.

And right in the middle of the country is ATA Aviation Training Academy in Indiana--the largest airline owned training school in the nation. It has both a fast paced program and an evening program for students or prospective mechanics with day jobs. Each is different, yet similar. The place where you study has a big impact on your education, so shop around wisely. There are directories of flight schools available online, so take advantage of these and compare options before making a decision.

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