California Aviation Mechanic Schools and Training Programs

Career Information for Aircraft Mechanics in California

Aircraft maintenance technicians work in the airline and aeronautics industries for private aviation companies, and for governmental and military agencies. They perform routine troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair of aircraft. They inspect and test aircraft systems, and they are generally able to work on either the frame of the aircraft, including wings, fuselage and tail, or the aircraft's engine and power systems. Some programs prepare students to work on both airframe and power plant components.

California Aviation Mechanic Schools

Aviation mechanic schools in California prepare students to work as aviation maintenance technicians by offering instruction in a range of aircraft systems. Upon completion of the programs, graduates are positioned to seek official certification, which will allow them to perform maintenance work in the aviation industry.

  • San Diego Miramar College: The aviation maintenance program at SD Miramar offers programs that lead to either a certificate of achievement or an Associate degree in airframe technology or powerplant technology.
  • San Joaquin Valley College: The SJVC program culminates in an AS degree and is designed to be completed in 17 months.
  • Reedley College: The basic program at Reedley College earns students a certificate of achievement and prepares them to seek official certification. An optional AS program adds general education courses to the curriculum.
  • City College of San Francisco: The two-year program at CCSF offers students the option of specialization in Aviation Maintenance Technology, Powerplant, or Airframe Maintenance.
  • College of Alameda: This school offers both a certificate tracks and an AS track that incorporates general education coursework. Both tracks aim to prepare students for FAA certification.
  • San Bernadino Valley College: SBVC offers certificate programs in Aviation Maintenance Technician, Powerplant Maintenance Technician, and Avionics Technology.
  • West Los Angeles College: West LA College offers evening classes that lead to a certificate in Powerplant or Airframe Maintenance Technology.

What to Expect from California Aviation Mechanic Schools

Students in comprehensive California aviation technology programs should expect to learn about all aspects of aircraft maintenance, service, diagnostics, and repair of both powerplant and airframe systems.

Programs typically include instruction in major aircraft systems, including:

  • Engine repair
  • Airframe repair
  • Electrical and electronics systems
  • Propeller power systems
  • Jet and turbine power systems
  • Fuel metering and delivery systems
  • Sheet metal maintenance and repair

California Aviation Mechanic License

To work as an aircraft mechanic in California, technicians must hold certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Aviation technology programs are generally geared toward preparing graduates to obtain their FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Technician Certification, which will allow technicians to service and repair aircraft and to perform some inspection duties.

Resources for Aviation Mechanics in California


  1. Aviation Maintenance Program, San Diego Miramar College, http://www.sdmiramar.edu/academics/aviation/avim/program
  2. Aviation Maintenance Technology, San Joaquin Valley College, http://www.sjvc.edu/programs/technical-and-industrial/aviation-maintenance-technology/
  3. Aviation Maintenance Technology, Reedley College, http://www.reedleycollege.edu/index.aspx?page=147
  4. Aviation Maintenance Technology, City College of San Francisco, https://www.ccsf.edu/en/educational-programs/school-and-departments/school-of-science-and-mathematics/AMT.html
  5. Aviation Maintenance Technology, College of Alameda, http://alameda.peralta.edu/aviation-maintenance-technology/
  6. Aeronautics, San Bernadino Valley College, https://www.valleycollege.edu/academic-career-programs/degrees-certificates/aeronautics/
  7. Aviation Technology, West Los Angeles College, http://www.wlac.edu/Aviation-Technology/index.aspx

Schools for Aircraft Mechanics in California are listed below.

Selected Airplane Mechanic Schools in California

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More California Airplane Mechanic Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Antelope Valley College Lancaster Associate 13,312
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga Associate 18,736
City College of San Francisco San Francisco Associate 46,411
College of Alameda Alameda Associate 5,979
College of San Mateo San Mateo Associate 10,516
Gavilan College Gilroy Associate 6,049
Glendale Community College Glendale Glendale Associate 16,827
Long Beach City College Long Beach Associate 25,536
Mt San Antonio College Walnut Associate 29,842
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa Associate 24,424
Reedley College Reedley Associate 12,158
Sacramento City College Sacramento Associate 24,596
San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino Associate 12,839
San Diego Miramar College San Diego Associate 10,650
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa Associate 25,626
Solano Community College Fairfield Associate 11,163
West Los Angeles College Culver City Associate 9,975

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Aircraft Mechanics

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for California. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Aircraft Mechanics

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Aircraft Mechanics relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Bakersfield 660 $65390 2.48
Fresno 580 $0 1.88
Oxnard 130 $60630 0.49
Thousand Oaks 130 $60630 0.49
Ventura 130 $60630 0.49
Redding 50 $60910 0.94
Riverside 880 $63600 0.75
San Bernardino 880 $63600 0.75
Ontario 880 $63600 0.75
Sacramento 390 $65320 0.5
Roseville 390 $65320 0.5
Arden 390 $65320 0.5
Arcade 390 $65320 0.5
Salinas 0 $38640 0
Los Angeles 5510 $64820 1.09
Long Beach 5510 $64820 1.09
Anaheim 5510 $64820 1.09
San Diego 1430 $59520 1.17
Carlsbad 1430 $59520 1.17
Santa Maria 60 $66670 0.38
Santa Barbara 60 $66670 0.38
Santa Rosa 50 $0 0.3
Stockton 70 $50360 0.33
Lodi 70 $50360 0.33
San Francisco 2500 $80060 1.27
Oakland 2500 $80060 1.27
Hayward 2500 $80060 1.27
San Jose 180 $68980 0.19
Sunnyvale 180 $68980 0.19
Santa Clara 180 $68980 0.19
Visalia 0 $51680 0
Porterville 0 $51680 0
Yuba City 0 $59130 0
San Luis Obispo 40 $63120 0.37
Paso Robles 40 $63120 0.37
Arroyo Grande 40 $63120 0.37
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