14 CFR Part 147 Certificated Aircraft Maintenance Technician Program
FAI is a 14 CFR Part 147 Certificated Aircraft Maintenance Technician Program located at the Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport. Our program is the only one of it’s type in the region, giving high school graduates and adults the opportunity to become an FAA Certified Aircraft Maintenance Technician.
At the Federal Aerospace Institute, we’re dedicated to ensuring high quality education with our experienced and passionate FAA certified instructors. With over 150 years of aviation technical experience with our seasoned instructors, we’re confident that you’ll find our learning environment and hands-on program the best in the region.
What has been reported from our Certified A & P graduates from FAI.
Currently, 99% of our certified A & P graduates are enjoying their employment in the field of aviation. Immediate employment, or employment prior to graduation has been one of the major advantages in becoming an Aircraft Maintenance Technician. Many of our graduates are receiving beginning wages over $65k, with sign-on bonuses between $5k- $25k, tuition reimbursement, and very generous benefits. With the high demand for A & P Certified Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, our certified graduates are experiencing a Higher Return on Education (HRE) for a mere 20 month program. However, it’s important to understand that employment, wages, and benefits are completely dependent on the employer, location, as well the efforts of the individual.
General statistics and facts about skilled trades:
Wages in the trades are up 15 to 20%. That’s well above our current inflationary rates.
Demand is driving the need for a higher level of skill:
When tradespeople have higher skill levels, they get paid more. So a lucrative wage opportunity is there.
A 4-year college graduate’s average salary is about $43k to $65k per year:
The cost of education is around $140k and over $200k for a private college. A degree doesn’t guarantee a high-paying job, or a job in the field. Conversely, the cost of a tradesman’s education is about $33k, taking approximately two years to complete and has greater odds for immediate employment in the their field, and a high return on education.
The most common misconception is that there are no well-paying trade jobs.
Young people and adults alike believe that if they join the trades, they won’t be able to support themselves, their families, or their aspirations. This can’t be further from the facts.
Over the past 20 years, we see the cost of devaluing the skilled trades.
The the lack of popularity by spreading a negative perception has contributed to the skilled trade stigma.
In just 20 Months
Our mission is to provide excellent Aircraft Maintenance Technician training and skill sets that will prepare you for future success – it’s that simple. In as little as 20 months, you’ll be well underway to a rewarding and adventurous career that can offer long term employment and financial security with generous benefits. FAI is committed to bringing your career dreams to reality. Get in touch here
Examples of who employs A & P certified technicians?
- Commercial Airlines
- Freight Aircraft Operators
- Aircraft Manufacturers
- Medivacs (helicopters)
- Corporate Aviation
- Private Jet and small aircraft owners
- Charter Services
- Repair Stations
- Flight Schools
- Tourist Aircraft
- Renewable Energy Industries
- Amusement Parks
- Mass Transit
- Auto Racing
- Engineering and Technology Companies
Why the high demand for Aircraft Maintenance Technicians?
America is not only facing a pilot shortage, but an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) shortage. Whether it’s commercial, private, military, or corporate planes – aviation maintenance technicians are crucial for safe flights.
Since one-third of the current AMT workforce is at or near retirement age, it’s a major factor in driving the shortage of technicians. In addition, many high school career counselor’s may misinform students that college is their only path to creating a fulfilling lifestyle.