womenbeshopping From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 66 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6491 times:
I have worked ramp, cs, gates, and I'm honestly getting tired of it. I mean there is advancement to supervisor and manager and different options of hub and outstation. I have always been interested in planes and flying, and how they work. I'm really thinking of going into aviation maintenance. I have no training or anything on that side. Is a maintenance school like AIM the way to go? What books can I read to get the basics? Any insight would be great. I thank you in advance. Also I'm only interested in positive answers. Thanks again!!!!!
If you have no military experience then a school is generally the way to go. I am not familiar with AIM, but you may find a school in your locality that offers AMT training. There are still many community colleges and technical schools that offer this as a course of study. I have spent 30 years working in aircraft maintenance and if I had it to do over again, I would do exactly the same thing. Good luck with your endeavor.
n901wa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 501 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6214 times:
Hi. I wouldn't buy any books yet. When you go to school they will give you a list to go shopping for books and tools, and some might have it as part of the program. If you buy the books, and wait a little, the books could get updated and waste some money. Not sure what AIM school you are close to, but look around there are some really good A&P programs out there.
If you are working at a Airline, see if they have a Mechanic Helper program. That way you can build seniority while you go to school, and get to work around Aircraft and get a feel of the MTC side. Sounds like you work at a Airline, If you can, go talk to the Mechanics and get a feel of what they are doing, and maybe they will show you around.
Just a Heads up, but there are a lot of depts in MTC. There is Hangar work where you work on big projects. Shop Work, like Eng Shops, landing gear shop etc.. Then there is Line MTC, and that's where you get to work live flights. I liked the Line work myself, following in my Fathers footsteps.
I started on the ramp while I went to A&P school, and moved to Line MTC, and then Inspection. Over the last 26 years I enjoyed going to work and it seems to getting better every year Good luck, and I hope they info can help you some.
UAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2151 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5152 times:
I too started my aviation career working the ramp slinging bags. I went to a community college based A&P program and received a great education. The small class sizes and dedicated instructors made the difference.
I would avoid AIM at all costs. AIM is a for profit business with that being their primary concern. I'm not sure which one you are closest to, and I can't speak for all of them. However the majority of the folks I've seen come from the AIM in my neck of the woods leave a lot to be desired. I'm not talking lack of experience, as everyone has to start somewhere. I am talking the lack of basic A&P skills like how to charge an accumulator. Not knowing how to operate a nitrogen cart regulator or how to operate the schrader valve on the accumulator isn't good for the home team. Not knowing that a high pressure goose neck fitting is not for tire inflation is a recipe for disaster. The list goes on.
Stick with either a community college program or a well known aviation university if they are options for you.
This career is in a constant state of uncertainty, so get used to that aspect and you'll do fine. That being said, I enjoy going to work most days and I haven't looked back after leaving the ramp. Nothing beats taxiing a $25 million aircraft and running it to full power to OPS check your repair. Best of luck!