What would I study in school to become an aircraft mechanic?
What subjects should I be good at if I want to be an aircraft mechanic? Is there a lot of math or can I be successful even if I'm not good at math? This question was posted by a CareerVillage administrator on behalf of the students of CareerVillage. aviation airline-industry aircraft-mechanic
In most aviation maintenance technology programs, students spend the first semester learning the history and fundamentals of aircraft mechanics. Students then spend the last three semesters taking specialized technical courses.
Some of the core courses of an associate's degree in aviation maintenance technology include:
Hydraulics and landing gear
Ignition and starting systems
In addition to the core courses in aircraft mechanics, most schools require students to complete several general education courses. Students take general education courses like:
Federal Aviation Administration Certification
Most aircraft mechanics pursue the Certified Aviation Maintenance Technician credential through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Individuals must receive a score of at least 70% to pass the oral, written and practical exams and receive the aircraft mechanic certification, according to the FAA.
The FAA regulates most aviation maintenance technology programs and issues a handbook that covers topics such as:
Safety and ground operations
Tools and measuring devices
You have to know simple math. Nothing like calculus, which is needed to become an aeronautical engineer. The FAA requires students of an A&P school to get knowledge on 44 different subjects with skill levels ranging from 1 to 3. i means having an elementary knowledge with 3 being proficient. Subjects like Physics and Maths are also required. The level of math skill if I can give an example would be say to calculate the volume of an object. Nothing to be scared about. The aircraft mechanic also has a reference handbook with formulas and conversion charts. If one can put in the values into a formula and get an answer the job is done.
Initially you have to join an A&P school nearest to your location after graduating high school. The City Colleges of Chicago does have a Pre-Aviation course ( I did notice some Calculus in the syllabus). Lewis University in Romeoville and Rock Valley College in Rockford have complete aircraft mechanic programs.
John-Robert E. Adams
I gained most people f my knowledge through the military and also received a airframe and power plant license. I have a degree in aviation maintenance and a degree in instructor of military science from teaching f16 fighter mechanics. So this would be a route for you. If not core classes principles of flight and talk to a counselor at your school. Counsellors are pretty good at keeping you on track to meet your goals.