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Airframe And Powerplant

Airframe and Power Plant Schools, Airframe Mechanics, Airframe and Power Plant Training


Many Aircraft Mechanics are referred to in the trade as Airframe Mechanics and Powerplant Mechanics. These are the professionals that put every Aircraft through its Required Inspections after a certain number of hours in the air.  They specialize in Preventive Maintenance.


There is an official designation of duties in the shop.  Except for powerplants and propellers, Airframe Mechanics are authorized to work on Any Part of the Aircraft. except the instruments, Powerplant Mechanics are authorized to work on Engines and do limited work on Propellers. Those that have trained for both specialties are Combination Airframe-and-Powerplant Mechanics - called A&P Mechanics – and they may work on all parts of the plane except the instruments. 


Most mechanics who work on civilian aircraft are Certified by the FAA as an Airframe Mechanic or a Powerplant Mechanic.  The FAA requires 18 months of work experience for certification.  Those seeking A&P Mechanic Certification must have 30 months of work experience.  Completion of a Training Program at an FAA Certified mechanic school can be substituted for the work experience.


Certifications and Degrees for Airframe and Powerplant Professionals


  • Airframe and Powerplant Diploma
  • Airframe and Powerplant Certificate
  • Associates in Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Certificate for Airframe Training
  • Certificate for Powerplant Training


Median Annual Salaries for Airframe and Powerplant Professionals


Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic


Senior Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic


Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic - Jet



Source: Salary.Com



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