Today, many schools will require that the applicant has achieved some level of education beyond an A&P — typically a bachelor’s degree. Some private institutions may require one to have a master’s degree. Note, however, that even though there might be a degree requirement; the type of degree, or its area of specialization, may be flexible. Still, many institutions prefer that a candidate have a degree in an aviation maintenance-related discipline. Institutions offering bachelor degrees may also require that an instructor engage in research and other scholarly activities such as writing and presenting papers at industry conferences and seminars.
Where are the jobs?
There are options available besides scouring the classified ads in the newspaper. One way is to mail resumes to the schools. Or, contact the local FAA office in charge of supervising an AMTS. Often, the local FAA inspector is aware of possible employment opportunities and could help put you in contact with the AMTS.
Use the Internet. Many schools utilize Web sites, not only as a means of attracting potential students, but also, instructors.
Organizations such as the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA), or the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC), or the University Aviation Association (UAA) are possible sources of employment information. The newsletters or magazines of these organizations often contain employment information. Most trade organizations maintain Web sites and typically provide links to electronic copies of their newsletters or magazines.
The vast majority of tomorrow’s aircraft maintenance technicians come from aircraft maintenance technician schools. Well-qualified instructors are a crucial component of any school. If you are ready to make the career move to become an instructor, don’t hesitate to contact an AMTS.
You could be exactly the type of person that they are looking for!
Stephen G. Magoc has been an instructor for the past 22 years in the Aircraft Maintenance Technician School operated by Parks College of Engineering and Aviation of Saint Louis University. He holds the academic rank of Professor and is also the Coordinator of Maintenance Training for Department of Aerospace Technology at Parks College.
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