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1,031 Associates's Degrees Annually
78 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#44 in Popularity (Associate's)
$55,530 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Aircraft Maintenance Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 3,799
Basic Certificate 1,127
Associate’s Degree 1,031
Bachelor’s Degree 78

What Aircraft Maintenance Technology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Skills for Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician Majors

airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities for Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician Majors

As you progress with your airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

What Can You Do With a Aircraft Maintenance Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 4.9% $62,920

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Aircraft Maintenance Technology?

1,031 Associate's Degrees Annually
8% Percent Women
40% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 92% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 60
Black or African American 74
Hispanic or Latino 244
White 528
International Students 31
Other Races/Ethnicities 94

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician, too. About 3.0% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Aircraft Maintenance Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $55,530 to $65,230 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 34.5%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 37.6%
Some College Courses 0.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 17.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 9.3%

Online Aircraft Maintenance Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 143 schools offered a airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 39 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 81 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 42 0
Associate’s Degree 82 2
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 39 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Aircraft Maintenance Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician grad is $55,530 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 39% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $312,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to airframe mechanics and aircraft maintenance technology/technician.

Major Number of Grads
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 35,892
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 9,513
Autobody/Collision & Repair Technology/Technician 5,142
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 2,635
Medium/Heavy Vehicle & Truck Technology/Technician 2,541
Motorcycle Maintenance & Repair Technology/Technician 1,126
Marine Maintenance/Fitter & Ship Repair Technology/Technician 664
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician 570
General Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technologies 512
High Performance & Custom Engine Technician/Mechanic 465
Other Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Technologies 331
Small Engine Mechanics & Repair Technology/Technician 298
Engine Machinist 153
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician 114
Vehicle Emissions Inspection & Maintenance Technology/Technician 7

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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