Once the FAA inspector is satisfied that the applicant is eligible for the rating(s) requested, the inspector sign FAA Form 8610.2 Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application. There are three kinds of written tests: Aviation Mechanic General (AMG), Aviation Mechanic Airframe (AMA), and Aviation Mechanic Power plant (AMP).
The applicant must then make an appointment for testing at one of the many computer testing facilities worldwide. Contact the nearest FSDO for a computer testing facility. The tests are provided on a cost basis, but test results are immediate. If an applicant fails a test, then he or she must wait 30 days to either retake the test, or provide the testing facility with documentation from a certificated person that the applicant has received instruction in each of the subject areas previously failed, or have the bottom portion of AC Form 8080-2 Airman Written Test Report properly filled out and signed. The retest covers all subject areas in the failed section. All written tests must be completed within a 24-month period.
For a list of computer testing locations contact the nearest Flight Standards District Office or access the Internet at www.fedworld.gov. A list of sample general, airframe and power plant test questions is also available at the same Internet site.
Oral and practical skill test requirements
A Designated Mechanic Examiner gives these tests on a fee for services basis. A list of the DME is available at the local FSDO. The Oral and Practical tests cover all 43 technical and regulatory subject areas and combine oral questions with demonstration of technical skill. A test for a single rating (airframe or power plant) commonly requires eight hours to complete.
If a portion of the test is failed, he or she will have to wait 30 days to retest. However if the applicant presents a letter to the DME showing that the applicant has received additional instruction in the areas that he or she has failed a retest can be administered covering only the subject(s) failed in the original test.
When all tests are satisfactory completed within a 24 month period, the successful applicant receives a copy of FAA Form 8060-4, Temporary Airman Certificate, which is valid for 90 days or until the FAA Airmen Certification Branch in Oklahoma issues the mechanic a permanent certificate.
This small buff colored FAA mechanic's certificate is hard won, and an individual should be very proud to earn one, but if you are not very careful, it is just as easily lost.