Aircraft Power Plant Mechanics

Aircraft/airframe and powerplant mechanics are in demand.


The technician is trained to inspect and diagnoses repairs. Overhauling aircraft engines and structure systems in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is part of the program. There are two ratings or certifications 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.

Employment Opportunities:

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.

Career Opportunities:

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

Employment Outlook:

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.


Location and Hours:

  • George T. Baker Aviation Technical College (Certificate – 1440 Hours)