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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

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More California Airplane Mechanic Schools

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Lancaster
Associate
13,312
Rancho Cucamonga
Associate
18,736
San Francisco
Associate
46,411
Alameda
Associate
5,979
San Mateo
Associate
10,516
Gilroy
Associate
6,049
Glendale
Associate
16,827
Long Beach
Associate
25,536
Walnut
Associate
29,842
Costa Mesa
Associate
24,424
Reedley
Associate
12,158
Sacramento
Associate
24,596
San Bernardino
Associate
12,839
San Diego
Associate
10,650
Santa Rosa
Associate
25,626
Fairfield
Associate
11,163
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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Bakersfield540$65,180
Fresno150$53,970
Hanford-Corcoran60$58,240
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade450$65,660
SalinasN/A$45,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim5160$58,640
ModestoN/A$54,960
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura150$60,620
Redding60$59,070
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario1220$70,770
San Diego-Carlsbad1120$61,700
Santa Rosa70$
Stockton-Lodi70$47,860
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward2750$67,290
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara210$71,600
Yuba City70$59,380
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara70$60,250

Sources:

  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

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