Aviation Maintenance Technology Career Overview - Southwestern Illinois College

Aviation Maintenance Employment Opportunities

After receiving your FAA Airframe and/or Powerplant license you will have the knowledge necessary for the jobs the listed below:

• Powerplant mechanic
• Airframe mechanic
• Combination airframe & powerplant mechanic
(A&P mechanic)

Student in helicopter maintenance class.

Career Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor 2021-31 Occupational Outlook Handbook projects employment of Aviation Mechanics to increase by about 6 percent. For further information regarding the field of aviation mechanics, please go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual wage for Aviation Mechanics was $65,380 in May 2021.

So What Can You Do?

Combination Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic (A&P Mechanic)

A&P mechanics repair and maintain most parts of an aircraft, including the engines, landing gear, brakes, and air-conditioning system.

Requires a certificate of course completion from the FAA. Salary range: $38,270-$98,590 or more.

Powerplant Mechanic

A mechanic with a Powerplant rating allows the mechanic to maintain and repair all systems associated with the engines and all associated equipment.

Airframe Mechanic

An Airframe rating allows a mechanic to maintain and repair all systems associated with the airframe of the aircraft.