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Do you need to have hands on experience to be prepared for aviation mechanics?

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I’m average height , and like to get things done no matter how big the obstacle is, I’m persistent and have a lot of will power, but is that enough to be ready for aviation mechanics #aviation #engineering

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Marla’s Answer

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I have worked in the avionics field. I had no previous experience in maintenance of any type prior to attending classes in aviation and electronics. There are several post high school programs around the country for you to attend. If that is not an option, consider joining the Air Force (active duty, Reserves, or Air National Guard) . All components of the Air Force offer aircraft maintenance opportunities. The Civil Air Patrol may offer you the opportunity to get involved in the aviation career field. The Navy along with the other branches of service offer opportunities to learn aviation maintenance. In Florida Embry Riddle Aeronautical University offers opportunities to train as an aviation mechanic. Check Flight schools in the area to see if there are any maintenance programs around. Aircraft maintenance is a great field and I enjoyed it. It requires attention to detail and you are always learning something new. You must understand you are in a position of trust. The pilot and any passengers rely on you, so always do your best. You can do this ! Best of luck and much success in your future career choice.
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Dennis’s Answer

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Javier, that is a good start, no matter what your stature is. I was't quite sure about your question. On the surface, it sounds like: "could I learn to play the guitar without ever holding one in my hands and playing the notes?" You definitely need hands-on training for this or any field involving mechanics, electrical, plumbing, etc. As with any talent, you must develop it so that, when needed, the response comes to you easily and naturally. So, first, you need a mentor or trainer who can lead you through the learning and doing process. Take every opportunity to work with experienced mechanics - even if it does not involve aircraft. Learn what you need to become certified as an aircraft mechanic - then find training or classes that will cover those requirements.
I forgot to mention "Safety." You will want to learn safe use of tools and equipment - so YOU are safe; and, your CO-WORKERS will be safe. AND, the most important thing is that the work you do must result in an aircraft that is safe to operate. So, you must learn the correct procedures for whatever part of the aircraft you are assigned to. Dennis Taylor
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Andrei’s Answer

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Hello Javier. The short answer is , Absolutely! A good attitude, willingness to learn, and of course, read and write English, are really all you need to be a technician. If you are mechanically inclined and work well with your hands is a definite plus.
As all the others have mentioned, there are various way of becoming an aircraft technician. First, you should get your license. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that you have 30 months of actual hands on experience, or graduate an official training school with an approved curriculum, before they allow you to take the test for your certification.
The company I work for, has an apprentice program where we take an individual with no aviation experience, and give them the experience and training required to help them get their license. There may be other companies that offer apprenticeship opportunities.
The military can also help you get the experience and training required.
I got my Airframe and Powerplant license thru Aviation High School, a public school in New York City. There are many schools out there that can help, but you will have to research their locations and prices.
The best way to get into aviation, is by being around it. Visit your local airports, and network. You will be surprised how friendly, open and willing to help, aviation people are when the see that you are willing to learn.

Good luck!
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Andrei’s Answer

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Hello Javier. The short answer is , Absolutely! A good attitude, willingness to learn, and of course, read and write English, are really all you need to be a technician. If you are mechanically inclined and work well with your hands is a definite plus.
As all the others have mentioned, there are various way of becoming an aircraft technician. First, you should get your license. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that you have 30 months of actual hands on experience, or graduate an official training school with an approved curriculum, before they allow you to take the test for your certification.
The company I work for, has an apprentice program where we take an individual with no aviation experience, and give them the experience and training required to help them get their license. There may be other companies that offer apprenticeship opportunities.
The military can also help you get the experience and training required.
I got my Airframe and Powerplant license thru Aviation High School, a public school in New York City. There are many schools out there that can help, but you will have to research their locations and prices.
The best way to get into aviation, is by being around it. Visit your local airports, and network. You will be surprised how friendly, open and willing to help, aviation people are when the see that you are willing to learn.

Good luck!
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Pablo’s Answer

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Hello Javier !
I have worked in the aviation field for few years, as a flight instructor and commercial pilot.
It's a great start that you want to get things done, no matter what, BUT it's essential on this field to follow procedures and norms and get the things done in the RIGHT WAY - no matter what.
If you are interested in aviation mechanics I would recommend your to check flight clubs and schools around your area to see what they have to offer. Maybe there you will find someone to help you to see in person how this experience looks like.
Other resources may be colleges or Air Force. Usually there's formal training available for aviation mechanics with different areas of specialization, such a structure, avionics and engines.

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