Basic Requirements to Become an Aircraft Mechanics in USA (US and Non-US Citizens)- FAA Regulations 2018
Who is Aircraft Mechanic ?
Aircraft Mechanics are responsible for Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul of aircraft, aircraft engines, aircraft systems, components etc as per the capabilities /licensed held by them.
Their primary roll is to deliver the safe and airworthy products to operations department as per the safety standards mandated by the regulatory authority.
Aircraft Mechanics work on-
- (1) Airframe
- (2) Powerplant i.e. Engine
- (3) Components
- (4) Avionics Systems
Source: Federal Aviation Authority -FAA
Basic Requirements to Become an Aircraft Mechanics in USA (US and Non-US Citizens)
The regulatory authority in USA for controlling and regulating Aviation segment is “Federal Aviation Authority-FAA” . As per the FAA requirement, you need the following qualification to obtain Aircraft Mechanics Certificate. To certify the maintenance works on aircraft or systems or component in USA, you must need License/ Certificate from FAA.
For US Citizen
- You must be
- at least 18 years old;
- able to read, write, speak, and understand English.
- You must get 18 months of practical experience with either power plants or airframes, or 30 months of practical experience working on both at the same time. As an alternative to this experience requirement, you can graduate from an FAA-Approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School.
- You must pass three types of tests;
- a written examination
- an oral test
- a practical test
For Non US Citizen
You must meet all the requirements listed above for United States citizens. You must also meet the following requirements:
- Demonstrate you need a mechanic certificate to maintain U.S.-registered civil aircraft and you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a resident alien.
- Show the examiner your passport.
- Provide a detailed statement from your employer saying what specific types of maintenance you preformed on each aircraft, and how long you performed it.
- Provide a letter from the foreign airworthiness authority of the country in which you got your experience, or from an advisor of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), validating your maintenance experience.
- Make sure all the documents you provide are signed and dated originals.
- Pay the fee for the document review.
English language requirements?
FAA may waive the language requirement if you live outside the United States. FAA would stamp your certificate “Valid only outside of the U.S.”
Any other certificate to work on avionics equipment?
Not necessarily. If you do not have a mechanic’s certificate or a repairman’s certificate with appropriate rating from the FAA, you may only perform aviation related work when supervised by a person with a valid mechanics certificate with airframe rating, power plant rating or airframe and power plant ratings (A&P).. Also, without a certificate you are not authorized to approve aircraft, airframes, aircraft engines, propellers, appliances, or component parts for return to service and you are less likely to advance to the top of the aviation career field.
How to get a repairman’s certificate?
To get a repairman’s certificate, you must be recommended by a repair station, commercial operator, or air carrier. You must
- be at least 18 years old;
- be able to read, write, speak, and understand English
- be qualified to perform maintenance on aircraft or components
- be employed or a specific job requiring special qualifications by an FAA-certified Repair Station, commercial operator, or air carrier.
- be recommended for the repairman certificate by your employer
- have either 18 months practical experience in the specific job or complete a formal training course acceptable to FAA.