Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Mechanic (Airframe & Powerplant)


Credential: Mechanic (Airframe & Powerplant)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Renewal Period: 24 months

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Mechanic (Airframe & Powerplant) is a senior-level certification. Airframe mechanics are authorized to work on any part of the aircraft except the instruments, power plants, and propellers. Powerplant mechanics are authorized to work on engines and perform limited work on propellers. Combination airframe and powerplant mechanics, called A&P mechanics, work on all parts of the plane except the instruments. Most mechanics working on civilian aircraft today are A&P mechanics. Applicants must meet FAA's training and experience requirements. Applicants must pass written and practical exams.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Mechanic (Airframe & Powerplant)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 30 months
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 24 months

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

800 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC  20591

Phone: (866) 835-5322

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Applicant must present either an appropriate graduation certificate or certificate of completion from a certificated aviation maintenance technician school or documentary evidence, satisfactory to the Administrator, of:

  • At least 18 months of practical experience with the procedures, practices, materials, tools, machine tools, and equipment generally used in constructing, maintaining, or altering airframes, or powerplants appropriate to the rating sought; or 
  • At least 30 months of practical experience concurrently performing the duties appropriate to both the airframe and powerplant ratings.

Note: Applicant may obtain experience to become a certified mechanic in one of three ways:
  • Attend one of the FAA Approved Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools nationwide.
  • Work at an FAA Repair Station under the supervision of a certified mechanic for 18 months for powerplant certification, or must have 30 months of practical experience working on powerplant and airframe both at the same time.
  • Join the armed services in a military occupational specialty for which the FAA gives credit.

The Mechanic (Airframe & Powerplant) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicant must be able to read, write, speak and understand English.

  • Basic Electricity
  • Aircraft Drawings
  • Weight and Balance
  • Fluid Lines and Fittings
  • Materials and Processes
  • Ground Operation and Servicing
  • Basic Physics
  • Cleaning and Corrosion Control
  • Mathematics
  • Maintenance Forms and Records
  • Mechanic Privileges and Limitations
  • Maintenance Publications

  • Airframe Structures
    • Wood Structure
    • Aircraft Covering
    • Aircraft Finishes
    • Sheet Metal and Non-metallic Sructures
    • Welding
    • Assembly and Rigging
    • Airframe Inspection
  • Airframe Systems and Components
    • Aircraft Landing Gear Systems
    • Hydraulic and Pneumatic Power Systems
    • Cabin Atmosphere Control Systems
    • Aircraft Instrument Systems
    • Communication and Navigation Systems
    • Aircraft Fuel Systems
    • Aircraft Electrical Systems
    • Position and Warning Systems
    • Ice and Rain Control Systems
    • Fire Protection Systems

  • Powerplant Theory and Maintenance
    • Reciprocating Engines
    • Turbine Engines
    • Engine Inspection
  • Powerplant Systems and Components
    • Engine Instrument Systems
    • Engine Fire Protection Systems
    • Engine Electrical System
    • Lubrication Systems
    • Engine Ignition and Starting Systems
    • Fuel Metering Systems
    • Engine Fuel Systems
    • Induction and Engine Airflow Systems
    • Engine Cooling Systems
    • Engine Exhaust and Reverser Systems
    • Propellers
    • Unducted Fans
    • Auxiliary Power Units

Oral Exam Requirement

  • A Designated Mechanic Examiner gives you the oral exam along with the practical test. You can get a list of these examiners at the local FAA office. The oral and practical tests cover 43 technical subjects.

  • Basic Electricity
  • Aircraft Drawings
  • Weight and Balance
  • Fluid Lines and Fittings
  • Materials and Processes
  • Ground Operation and Servicing
  • Cleaning and Corrosion Control
  • Mathematics
  • Maintenance Forms and Records
  • Basic Physics
  • Maintenance Publications
  • Mechanic Privileges and Limitations

  • Powerplant Theory and Maintenance
    • Reciprocating Engines
    • Turbine Engines
    • Engine Inspection
  • Powerplant Systems and Components
    • Engine Instrument Systems
    • Engine Fire Protection Systems
    • Engine Electrical Systems
    • Lubrication Systems
    • Ignition and Starting Systems
    • Fuel Metering Systems
    • Engine Fuel Systems
    • Induction and Engine Airflow Systems
    • Engine Cooling Systems
    • Engine Exhaust and Reverser Systems
    • Propellers
    • Auxiliary Power Units

  • Airframe Structures
    • Wood Structures
    • Aircraft Covering
    • Aircraft Finishes
    • Sheet Metal and Non-metallic Structures
    • Welding
    • Assembly and Rigging
    • Airframe Inspection
  • Airframe Systems and Components
    • Aircraft Landing Gear Systems
    • Hydraulic and Pneumatic Power Systems
    • Cabin Atmosphere Control Systems
    • Aircraft Instrument Systems
    • Communication and Navigation Systems
    • Aircraft Fuel Systems
    • Aircraft Electrical Systems
    • Position and Warning System
    • Ice and Rain Control Systems
    • Fire Protection Systems

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Mechanic (Airframe & Powerplant) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

Testing for this credential is handled by PSI. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the PSI website:

For more information on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Mechanic (Airframe & Powerplant)

Renewal Period: 24 months

The Mechanic (Airframe & Powerplant) credential has the following recertification information:

The Mechanic (Airframe and Powerplant) certificate my not expire, however, the certificated mechanic must remain current in accordance with Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) - Title 14 - Chapter I - Subchapter D - Part 65.83 as follows:

A certificated mechanic may not exercise the privileges of his certificate and rating unless, within the preceding 24 months—

  • The Administrator has found that he is able to do that work; or
  • He/she has, for at least 6 months—
    • Served as a mechanic under his/her certificate and rating;
    • Technically supervised other mechanics;
    • Supervised, in an executive capacity, the maintenance or alteration of aircraft; or
    • Been engaged in any combination of paragraph (b) (1), (2), or (3) of this section.

Additional considerations for the Mechanic (Airframe & Powerplant) include:

  • A Designated Mechanic Examiner gives the applicant the oral exam along with the practical test. The applicant can get a list of these examiners at the local FAA office.
  • To be eligible to obtain General and Airframe exam permission slips from the FAA, the applicant must present the following:
      • An official letter from the applicant's military employer certifying the length of service. Applicant may have multiple letters, but they must total 18 months of experience. Applicant cannot count time spent training for the specialty, only the time that was spent working in the specialty.
      • The make and model of the aircraft or engine on which the applicant received practical experience, and where the applicant received the experience.
  • Applicant must document his/her experience with pay receipts, a logbook signed by a supervising mechanic, a notarized statement from the applicant's employer, or other proof the applicant worked the required time.
  • The FAA Airworthiness inspector decides if the applicant meets the requirements to take the tests.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

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CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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