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. Median hourly wages of aircraft mechanics and service technicians were about $24.71 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $20.25 and $29.25. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $15.85, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $33.19. For more information visit U. S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.