Taking the Steps Toward Your Airframe & Powerplant License
For those interested in starting a career in aviation maintenance, proper training is imperative. But before winning a high-demand job in the field, aviation maintenance technicians will also need to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airframe and Powerplant certification exams. MIAT is one of many qualified A&P license schools for receiving training.
See what it takes to earn this prestigious license and begin a career working on the world’s most advanced aircraft.
First, potential candidates must gather aircraft mechanic experience. The most practical way to do so is to take courses approved by the FAA, such as those offered through MIAT’s Airframe and Powerplant Technician program. Students in the program learn the precision technical skills needed to excel in the aviation profession. Those already enrolled in courses are on the right track – this training is the most crucial step in the certification process, and requires the most amount of time and dedication.
After completing a training program, it’s time to move on to the certification phase.
Aside from wanting to see your transcripts and diploma or degree, the FAA will need any other documentation involving personal information and training details. These records should include photo identifications, a list of the aircraft types trained with and signed reference letters from past instructors or supervisors.
Once the information is thoroughly organized, applicants should take their paperwork to the nearest FAA Flight Standards District Office. Here, hopeful applicants prove their experience in the field and show that they’re qualified to move forward with the testing portion of their certification. If everything checks out, candidates will receive an 8610-2 form, which authorizes the administration of both the written A&P exams and the oral and practical tests.
Next comes the grueling study period. Even with excellent training, the tests are designed to push test takers to their limits. Hopeful candidates should consider practice tests and study courses to familiarize themselves with the expected exam material. The tests aren’t cheap, so it’s strongly recommended that candidates adequately prepare before their first attempts.
The written tests come first – there’s a General test, a Powerplant test and an Airframe test. All three must be passed with a score of at least 70 percent in order to advance on to the oral and practical exam, which will be given by a Designated Mechanic Examiner.
Once passed, hopeful applicants turn into FAA-certified A&P license holders, and the opportunities within the aviation maintenance industry begin.
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