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What type of math is in being an airplane mechanic?

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Hannah’s Answer

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Hi Carson!

To get a better sense of the math required for airplane/aviation maintenance, it's always helpful to look at particular aviation maintenance programs at different schools! You can usually find curricula for specific programs by searching college websites. For example, Vincennes University in Indiana requires a single college-level math course for an associate degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Where I work, our aviation maintenance program requires that students complete a course in applied technical math. Since aviation technology involves a lot of hands-on work, math needed for a career in airplane mechanics is often more technical or practical in nature - so think lots of geometry that you can use in your everyday life! And if you're already used to working with your hands, then you've got a head start!

Hannah recommends the following next steps:

  • Search curricula or course requirements for Aviation Maintenance degrees to get a better understanding of math requirements
  • Check out Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians information at bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/aircraft-and-avionics-equipment-mechanics-and-technicians.htm#tab-2
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Andrew’s Answer

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Based on my understanding, to be certified as an airplane technician, one may have to complete courses in aviation technology programs covers aircraft engines, fuel systems, electrical systems, welding and aircraft inspection. Therefore, there will be math and physics prerequisites for these courses. These prerequisites are probably Pre-Calculus (College Algebra, and Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry) and General Physics I and General Physics II for STEM-students.
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