While many people are fascinated by airplanes and helicopters, they think a job in aviation is out of their reach. While it may take years of experience and a small fortune to become a pilot, this is not your only career option. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about how airplanes work or how helicopters get off the ground- the mechanics of it all- then you may be interested in becoming an aviation maintenance technician (AMT). Here are the top 5 reasons you should become an aviation mechanic.
1) You’ll Have Job Security
Like many other industries, the aviation industry is always growing. Although they took a hit because of Covid-19, air travel is taking off once more. With a rise in air travel, comes a rise in the need for aviation mechanics. To ensure the safety of crew and passengers, aircraft need to be constantly maintained and overhauled. Additionally, there are government regulations in place and standards every aircraft must meet before it is declared air-worthy. When there are such strict requirements in place, especially ones required by law, you have the security of a government job (just without all the red-tape and bureaucracy). Furthermore, as air travel becomes more popular and easily accessible to the masses, the aviation industry will grow further.
2) AMT Jobs are in High Demand
Not only is the aviation industry growing, which will demand more aviation mechanics, there is already a worldwide shortage of AMTs. Additionally, the shortage is predicted to become worse over the next 20 years. This means that for the next 20 years, AMT jobs are going to be in high demand. You will be able to get a job just about anywhere- from the next town over to halfway across the world.
3) You Have the Opportunity to Travel
Even if you settle down in one area of the world, you will still get the opportunity to move around and travel to different locations. Although there are plenty of jobs available in the United States, the worldwide shortage means you would have the chance to visit Europe, Asia, or even Australia. If you were located at a smaller aviation mechanic shop, you will likely also get the chance to travel to local rural airports to perform repairs and maintenance. If you happen to get a job with a major airline, then you will have flight benefits that will allow you to fly anywhere in the country for free and anywhere globally for minimal costs.
4) It’s Fun & Exciting
When asked what they want to be when they grow up, a lot of children will say something like doctor, lawyer, or pilot. These jobs are public-facing and exciting. But there is just as much excitement behind the scenes- if not more! Between getting to travel and working on some of the most fascinating machines ever built, aviation mechanics have one of those careers that makes them excited to go to work every morning. For some mechanics, a job as an AMT is even like an extended childhood- getting to work and play these gigantic toys. You’ll also have fun stories to share with your friends and family.
5) Getting Started is Easier Than You Think
Entering a new field can seem daunting- especially one has large as the aviation industry. We’ve all stopped to watch a plane sore overhead or watch a news helicopter go zooming by. These incredible machines may seem out of reach, but with a career as an aviation mechanic, you’ll get to lay hands on them every day. You’ll know more about the ins and outs of airplanes and helicopters than the pilots that are flying them. Additionally, those pilots are relying on you and your know-how to ensure both their safety and the safety of their crew and passengers.
If you’re ready to get your career off the ground as an aviation mechanic, NCI has the AMT program for you! Contact us today to learn more!