What is an aviation maintenance technician

What is an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT)?

An aviation maintenance technician, known simply as an AMT, checks and troubleshoots aircraft equipment on a regular basis, looking for parts that may need repaired or replaced. AMTs are also responsible for diagnosing mechanical or electrical problems and repairing wings, brakes, electrical systems, and other aircraft components including engines, powertrains, and hydraulics.

Who makes the best Aviation Maintenance Technicians?

In general, people who are interested in fixing things with their hands, solving puzzles, and a willingness to learn make great AMTS.

What type of career can I pursue as an Aviation Maintenance Technician?

Aviation maintenance technicians are known as the backbone of the aviation industry. AMTs have found roles in aircraft manufacturing, commercial aviation, space, medical transport, maintenance repair & overhaul (MRO) military, unmanned aircraft and more.

What is an A&P certified Aviation Maintenance Technician?

All mechanical work done on aircraft must be inspected or supervised by a Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant Certified Technician. In the industry, they are known simply as “A&P certified technicians”. Their work ensures the safety of millions of flight passengers every year.

According to the FAA, A&P certified technicians work in highly technical specialty occupations and hold highly transferable skills that can be used across multiple industries.

The FAA requirements for eligibility for an airman’s mechanic certificate include the following:

  • Be 18 or older
  • Be able to read, speak, and understand English
  • Meet the experience or educational requirements

Once these criteria are met, a series of exams are completed to confirm the level of your knowledge. These tests are divided into 3 sections: General, Powerplant, and Airframe. In each of these sections, there is an oral, practical, and written examination.

How can I become an Aviation Maintenance Technician?

The aviation maintenance technology program at Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics has led the industry in providing certificated aircraft mechanics for over 90 years. The training at PIA emphasizes hands-on learning through projects designed to prepare you for a career in the aviation industry.

PIA offers AMT training at four locations:
Pittsburgh, PA; Hagerstown, MD; Myrtle Beach, SC; and Youngstown, OH


New Commercial Techs Needed

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2023 Median Salary

Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians, Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook


Workforce at or Near Retirement

ATEC 2022 Pipeline Report.