Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics and their related specialties are in demand.


An aviation maintenance technician is often referred to as an air frame and powerplant mechanic (A&P mechanic). The technician inspects, diagnoses, repairs, and overhauls aircraft engines and structure systems in accordance with testing and certification provisions of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). There are two ratings or certifications that an aviation maintenance technician may possess: airframe and powerplant. Airframe technicians troubleshoot, rig, inspect, and perform structural repairs. Powerplant technicians inspect, repair, and maintain aircraft engines, both jet and reciprocating.


Graduates of the aviation maintenance technician programs are employed wherever aircraft or aircraft parts are manufactured, modified, repaired, or maintained. Employment opportunities include aircraft companies, airlines, repair stations, and airport fixed bases of operation. Due to the extensiveness of the program, graduates are employed in other industries where hydraulic equipment is used.


  • Airframe Technician
  • Powerplant Technician
  • Aircraft Inspector
  • Sheetmetal Mechanic
  • Aircraft Assembler
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Mechanical Repairer
  • Engine and Other Machine Assembler


Most job openings for aircraft mechanics will stem from replacement needs. Job prospects will be best for mechanics that hold an Air Frame and Powerplant (A&P) certificate.


The average wage for this career is $28.29 hourly, or $58,850 annually. This industry is expected to have little or no change through the year 2022.