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Our aviation mechanic courses are designed to teach students what they need to know to prepare to test for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certification and to prepare for entry-level aviation technician roles.
Universal Technical Institute and its family of schools, including MIAT College of Technology, follow a blended learning format, which combines in-person, hands-on lab work led by instructors experienced in the industry with an online curriculum within
You can complete training at our aircraft mechanic school locations in 2 years or less. Learn more about hands-on and aircraft mechanic online courses to see if you’d be interested.
If you want to train for a career as an entry-level aircraft mechanic, first determine which of our programs you’d like to pursue. Our Airframe & Powerplant Technician training program is coming soon pending regulatory approvals to our UTI campuses in Avondale, Arizona, and Long Beach, California.
The A&P and Aviation Maintenance Technology programs are offered at our MIAT campuses in Canton, Michigan,
and Houston, Texas. Then, follow these steps:
Once you start school, it takes just 2 years or less to graduate, depending on the program and location. You can then apply and test for FAA certification, and then begin applying for entry-level jobs in the aviation technician industry.79
Our programs are designed to teach students the basics of air, airframe and power plant science. You’ll learn skills like turbine engine operation, power plant lubrication systems, hydraulics and pneumatics, and aircraft troubleshooting. The following
are some of the types of courses to expect from the programs (course titles and descriptions are subject to change).
Students receive a general introduction to the FAA’s requirements for sheetmetal fabrication and repair. They learn industry standard practices for repair procedures, as well as fundamental operations like oxyacetylene equipment operation and safety.
Students learn about composite materials like Kevlar and fiberglass, which are used in aircraft construction. They also learn about historical building techniques and materials, including fabric and wood.
Students learn about aircraft communication, navigation, autopilot and approach control systems. This course also teaches students about FAA regulations, inspection, service and installation.
In this course, students learn about basic hydraulic and pneumatic principles, operation and servicing of equipment. They learn about component repair, covering fluids, seals, washers and pressures. Students also participate in hands-on activities like
inspecting hydraulic pumps for efficiency after a detailed disassembly and reassembly.
Students discover how to identify lubricants and learn what their functions are. They learn how to service and adjust the components, install lines and rings, interpret FAA regulations pertaining to oil tanks, and disassemble and reassemble engine oil
Students develop an understanding of turbine engine design, including turboprop engines, turbofan engines and turbojet engines. They learn about the multiple operating principles, as well as application benefits and the evolution of various designs.
Students learn about the theory of aircraft propellers, installation procedures, minor and major repair classifications, and aircraft applications of propellers and governors. They learn how to inspect, check, repair and service propeller synchronization,
how to balance propellers, and how to install, remove and troubleshoot propellers.
These are just a few sample courses found in our Aviation programs.
After completing the aviation mechanic coursework, you’ll be ready to apply your knowledge and skills to FAA A&P certification testing. You’ll have experience working with real machinery. You’ll have received guidance from experienced
instructors on the correct procedures and safety methods. You’ll have the technical knowledge you need to successfully complete the tasks of an entry-level aviation technician.
You can then apply for jobs that have requirements you meet. There are typically aviation technician jobs throughout the country.1 Connect with our Career Services team to find relevant opportunities where you want to work.
To be eligible for enrollment, you’ll need need: a standards-based high school diploma that’s authorized by the state you graduate in; a state-issued GED certificate or state-authorized equivalent exam; successful completion of an officially recognized home-schooling program; or evidence of having previously attended a Title IV-eligible program or graduation from a degree program at the postsecondary level.
Yes. Our programs offer a blended learning model of in-class, hands-on instruction, as well as aviation mechanic online courses.18
We have many students who enter our program with no prior aircraft knowledge or experience. As long as you’re willing to learn and dedicate effort to your aviation mechanic courses, you can succeed in the program.
If you’re interested in aviation mechanic school, contact us to learn more about our programs. You can graduate in 2 years or less and be prepared to apply and test for Airframe and Powerplant FAA certification. Click the button below or call us at 800-834-7308.
1) UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures for UTI and www.miat.edu/disclosures for MIAT.
10) Financial aid, scholarships and grants are available to those who qualify. Awards vary due to specific conditions, criteria and state.
18) UTI now offers all of its automotive, diesel, motorcycle and marine technician training in a blended learning format consisting of online lecture courses along with in-person, hands-on lab training.
79) Pending FAA approval, UTI’s aviation maintenance programs prepare graduates to apply & test for FAA mechanic certification. Graduates who don’t obtain certification may have fewer career opportunities. Some graduates get jobs other than aviation maintenance technician such as turbine or field technicians. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment, salary, or FAA certification.
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