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.
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.
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:
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.
Schools for Aircraft Mechanics in California are listed below.
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|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|
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
|San Luis Obispo||40||$63120||0.37|
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