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College Degree Required For A/C Mechanics?  
User currently offlineKAUST From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 99 posts, RR: 25
Posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3013 times:

Just out of curiosity, is aircraft mechanics/maintanence something that needs a college degree, or is there on the job training/apprenticeship that can count for that?

Thanks -
KAUST


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User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2528 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2891 times:

I believe most Mech's just go to a trade school type place, although it seems more places are offering at least associate's degrees in Aviation Maint. Tech. You can imagine as with any aviation job, that the more tool's you have in your belt the better off you are, especially as the industry gets more competitive.

User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2859 times:

An A&P license can be considered an associtates degree. It takes a little over two years to get on if you go the traditional route. There are other ways to get on as well. If you have military experience for example you can go to your local FSDO and have them sign off on you. This allows you to take the written, oral and practical exam. This is what I did for my powerplant license.

For anyone wanting to pursue a career in aviation maintenance first I would advise against it. However if this does not deter you I recommend getting a bachelors degree so you have something to fall back on.


User currently offlineAir2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2843 times:

The A&P will count towards an associate's degree (or bachelor's) if you go to a school that offers the curriculum. The A&P it and of itself is not enough for an associate's degree. I believe I received 33 credits towards my bachelor's when I went back to school.

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

No you don't need a college degree to get an A&P.

Apprenticships, Military experience and a trade school can get you it...if that is what you want to do.



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User currently offlineDmeservices From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2815 times:

As stated above a college degree is not required, but I do believe if you ever want to progress of the floor into management a degree would be helpful. For the requirements to become a certified mechanic you can go to www.dmeservices.com/wst_page4.html. Hope this helps.

User currently offlineKAUST From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 99 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2808 times:

Thanks for the replies.

I had been off and on (for the longest time really) been considering moving to Galveston and volunteering at the Lone Star Flight Museum and working my way up mechanic's apprentice. I have been told by them this is something they could possibly do for me, though it may take a while longer than going the school route.

I really have no desire to be in management, I just love being around aircraft, and I am starting to come to the realization that unless I do something about the urge to be around them all the time, I will lose my marbles.  Nuts

KAUST



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User currently offlineAmtrosie From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2737 times:

If you want to be around aircraft all the time, consider all of your marbles lost... totally. Don't ever smell the jet exhaust fumes or you will be under the influence for the duration (your life)

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2737 times:

Out here its optional.
Min qualification is HSC pass,followed by a Dip in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering [3-4 yr course,reduced with mechanical/electrical Deg/Dip] with 80% pass.
Thereafter to gain an Basic Aircraft Maintenance Engineers licence endorsement requires clearing of DGCA related AME licence Examination papers [min 4,pass 80%].
Thereafter attending Approved training course/Type paper on model with 80% pass to qualify as Asst AME.
Finally satisfy DGCA Officials in Oral,Practical Interview to get Endorsement as Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineSanthosh From India, joined Sep 2001, 545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2691 times:

MEL

Is it necessary to go for AME Endorsment for those who have Degree in Engineering or are there any training program for those who have a Degree in Mechanical Engineering.If one must do AME Endorsment Just confirm that one need 80% + in (Mechanical Engg) Degree to get entry for Basic Aircraft Maintenance Engineers licence endorsement.

Regards,
George



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User currently offlineAir2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2687 times:

In the US, an engineering degree does not count very much towards the A&P. You may be able to get credit towards some of the math & science behind the A& P, but not much. That is of course assuming you're attending a college that has an A&P program versus a trade school that does not issue a degree.

User currently offlineSanthosh From India, joined Sep 2001, 545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

Air2gxs- Things might be slightly different here in India but thanx for your advice sir.

Thanx
George



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2635 times:

George.....
To add to the Phone conversation we had yesterday.
http://dgca.nic.in/ftppub/D2l-l1.html
http://dgca.nic.in/ftppub/D2l-l12.html
My Sugesstion would be if you have min 6-7 years to spare,Go for it.But Indian Aviation is not as big as other places.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineSanthosh From India, joined Sep 2001, 545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2626 times:

MEL- Thanx for the infro.Sad to know about the situations here in India but will it be ok to try doing AME abroad after getting a degree in Engineering?

George



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2613 times:

I wouldn't want to comment on the Abroad situation,maybe someone more Practically related to the subject abroad could.
But Some Friends have done their FAA Exams,The sytem is similiar & Faster.Theory I found more easy abroad,but very vast practical Exposure too.
The Rules & Regulations part will vary too.
Job opportunities are def better than out here.
Although this year there is a great demand in India of Technical persons,But it wont last forever.
regds
MEL



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