Aviation Maintenance Schools Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What aviation mechanic certificates and ratings are issued by FAA?
Q. What are the requirements for a mechanic certificate (license)?
Q. Are there any general educational prerequisites for obtaining the mechanic certificate?
Q. Do I need a medical certificate for a mechanic certificate?
Q. If I have a physical defect, will it disqualify me from getting a mechanic certificate?
Q. I wish to prepare for the FAA mechanic tests by taking correspondence courses during my spare time. Which courses do your recommend?
Q. What is the difference between an FAA certificate and a license?
Q. Must I have an FAA mechanic certificate to get a job as an airline mechanic?
Q. Can I work as an aviation mechanic without being certificated?
Q. Must I hold a mechanic certificate to work in a certificated repair station?
Q. Can I obtain the necessary experience and skill to qualify for a mechanic certificate and rating(s) without attending an FAA certificated aviation maintenance technician (mechanic) school?
Q. Will my experience as a noncertificated mechanic or repairman in a repair station be qualifying experience toward a mechanic certificate?
Q. Does the FAA issue any specialist ratings for certificated mechanics, i.e. ground equipment specialist, welder, electronics specialist?
Q. I have 10 years of experience as an Armed Forces jet aircraft mechanic. Why do I have to demonstrate knowledge and skill in such areas as woodwork, welding, dope and fabric, weight and balance, etc., for a civil mechanic certificate?
Q. I was an instrument specialist in the Armed Forces. If I get a mechanic certificate, will I be permitted to be in charge of maintenance of instruments in a certificated repair station?
Q. Where can I get information about aviation mechanic jobs?
Q. I worked 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, for a total of 3,120 hours as an A&P mechanic apprentice during the past year. Since this time is equal to the number of hours accumulated by working 40 hours a week for 18 months, does this comparable mechanic experience time qualify me to take the mechanic written tests"
Q. How much aviation mechanic experience do I need to qualify for the mechanic certificate?
Q. Must I be a graduate of an FAA certificated aviation maintenance technician (mechanic) school to qualify to take the FAA mechanic written test?
Q. I am a U.S. citizen, living in the United States. I have more than 3 years of experience as an aviation mechanic, how do I get a mechanic certificate (license)?
Q. What documents must be presented to an FAA inspector for evaluation prior to taking the written test?
Q. What must a foreign national show to the FAA in order to take the airframe and powerplant mechanic examination?
Q. If I meet the experience requirements for the mechanic certificate, can I take the required tests while in the Armed Forces?
Q. Can I take the mechanic written, oral, and practical tests if I am in the Armed Forces and stationed overseas?
Q. How do I obtain permission to take the written test?
Q. What are the written test questions like?
Q. What document(s) must be presented prior to taking the mechanic oral and practical tests?
Q. If an applicant fails any part of the written or oral and practical test(s), how soon may he/she apply for a retest?
Q. Who administers the mechanic oral and practical tests?
Q. Where can I get a list of the Designated Mechanic Examiners?
Q. How much time is permitted for completion of the airframe written test? For the powerplant written test?
Q. Is there a fee for taking the written test?
Q. Is there a fee for taking the mechanic oral and practical tests:
Q. Can I take the mechanic written test at night or during the weekend.
Q. What document must be presented prior to retaking a written test that was previously failed?
Q. Where can I obtain more detailed information about the requirements, application procedures, and the tests for a mechanic certificate?
Q. Are there any other reference materials?
Q. Is there a charge for issuing the certificate?
Q. For how long is the mechanic certificate valid?
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