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What exactly is an Aircraft Maintenance Technician and what do they do?

An Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) holds an Airframe (fuselage) and/or Powerplant (engine) certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They may also perform aircraft inspections as required by the FAA. An AMT also performs, supervises and conducts preventive maintenance.

How does someone become an AMT?

The FAA requirements for eligibility for a certificate include the following:

  • Be 18 or older
  • Be able to read, speak, and understand English
  • Meet the experience or educational requirement
  • Pass a set of required tests

The required tests include computerized knowledge tests and a practical test which includes an oral examination.

Career Outlook & Earning Potential

In 2016, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were 128,000 jobs for AMT with a median income of $60,170 a year. The employment of AMTs is growing and those mechanics that hold an Airframe and Powerplant certificate are in high-demand throughout the industry.

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