07 Jan 2016

Value of getting your Airframe and Powerplant Certification

“We like to think of [AMTs] as the guardians of airworthiness,” Ronald Donner, executive director of the AMT Society, said in an article for Flying Magazine. According to manufacturers, there will be a high demand for Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, otherwise known as AMTs, over the next 20 years as more airplanes are produced. Being an AMT opens many career opportunities in the aviation industry, but it’s crucial to obtain certification in both Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) to truly succeed.

Mechanics perform various functions: inspections, repairs, maintenance, and alterations. A&P-trained technicians focus on the Airframe and Powerplant portions of the aircraft. Airframe includes wings, fuselages, tail section, and landing gear, while Powerplant deals with servicing and maintaining the craft’s engine.

Employers prefer taking on candidates who are certified in both A&P training. Otherwise, the companies are required to maintain supervision over any person with certification in only one area, thus paying two people to perform one task. Also, A&P mechanics are able to approve an aircraft for airworthiness unlike those without their certification.

In the Flying Magazine article, a National Air Transportation Association spokesperson said, “The industry is currently having difficulty finding qualified AMTs.” With such a high demand for guardians of airworthiness, analysts say now is the time to begin A&P certification training in order to fill the current and future openings. Further, Donner claims A&P knowledge can be used as a springboard to access the many paths within the business, such as engineering, management, or even a flying career.