What exactly is an Aircraft Maintenance Technician and what do they do?
An Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) holds an Airframe (fuselage) and/or Powerplant (engine) certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They may also perform aircraft inspections as required by the FAA. An AMT also performs, supervises and conducts preventive maintenance.
How does someone become an AMT?
The FAA requirements for eligibility for a certificate include the following:
- Be 18 or older
- Be able to read, speak, and understand English
- Meet the experience or educational requirement
- Pass a set of required tests
The required tests include computerized knowledge tests and a practical test which includes an oral examination.
Career Outlook & Earning Potential
In 2012, there were 138,900 jobs for AMTs in the United States with a median income of $55,210 per year. The employment of AMTs is growing and those mechanics that hold an Airframe and Powerplant certificate are in high-demand throughout the industry.