Career and Employment Outlook Job RequirementsMany jobs in the aircraft maintenance industry require mechanics that are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Two ratings are applicable to this certification: Airframe and Powerplant. Three options are offered in Aviation Maintenance: an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Aviation Maintenance, a certificate in Aviation Maintenance(Powerplant), and a certificate in Aviation Maintenance (Airframe). The AAS degree program provides the experience require to obtain the aircraft mechanic certificate with Airframe and Powerplant ratings. Each certificate program provides the experience required to obtain the aircraft mechanic certificate with the rating appropriate for the program completed. The program provides extensive hands-on training in small classes with well-trained teachers. Equipment and curriculum are up-to-date and include nondestructive testing, composites electrical systems troubleshooting and reciprocating and turbine engine theory and maintenance, to mention a few. Earnings Median annual salaries for aircraft mechanics and service technicians were $58,896 in June 2015. The average hourly wage is $28.00. For more information visit http://www.salary.com For more information visit U. S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.