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Career Outlook

"Opportunities for aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and service technician jobs should be excellent for persons who have completed aircraft mechanic training programs. Employment is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2014, and large numbers of additional job openings should arise from the need to replace experienced mechanics who retire.

Over the next decade passenger traffic is expected to increase as the result of an expanding economy and a growing population, and the need for aircraft mechanic and service technicians will grow. If the number of graduates from aircraft mechanic training programs continues to fall short of employer needs, opportunities for graduates of mechanic training programs should be excellent.

Most job openings for aircraft mechanics through the year 2014 will stem from replacement needs. If the trend continues, the supply of trained aviation mechanics will not be able to keep up with the needs of the air transportation industry."

-- U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Handbook 2006-2007 Edition. For full job outlook, please go to

Salaries in the Seattle Area

Median-range aviation technician salaries from,
July 2015:

Aircraft Mechanic (jet) ~ $77,773
Aircraft Mechanic (non-jet) ~ $61,877
Airframe and Engine Mechanic ~ $51,011
Aviation Maintenance Manager I ~ $104,716

Employment Opportunities

As a certified Aviation Maintenance Technician your imagination is the only limit to the type of employment you can pursue. Some of the standard employment sites are:

  • Airlines - international, national, and/or regional
  • Air Cargo Fleets
  • Air Taxi / Charter Fleets
  • Corporate Aircraft Fleets
  • Helicopter Operators
  • Aircraft Repair Stations
  • Research and Development Organizations
  • NASA
  • General Aviation (Fixed Based Operators or FBO's)
  • Manufacturers (aircraft, engine, parts)
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • State and Local Government Agencies

The A&P certificate is also recognized in many other fields other than aviation, including but not limited to: elevator repair, appliance repair and power companies.

All students are able to utilize the SSCC Career Development Center to assist them in finding employment. Get more information about the Career Center at their web site or in Robert Smith (RSB), room 79.


Please call 206-934-5394

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Please call 206-934-5387


For international student inquiries, please contact the Center for International Education.

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