Aviation Maintenance Certificate

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Median Earnings

(earnings range: $17 - $42/hr.)


Projected Job Growth

to 2024
+1% (National)
+6% (Michigan)

Graduation cap

Education Levels

of current workers
27% high school diploma
40% some college
20% associate degree
9% bachelor's degree

The aviation maintenance certificate program will prepare you for employment in the aviation maintenance field as a mechanic, technician, and other hands-on related positions. Within this profession, tasks can include: examine and inspect aircraft components, including landing gear, hydraulic systems and de-icers to locate cracks, breaks, leaks or other problems; conduct routine and special inspections as required by regulations; inspect completed work to certify that maintenance meets standards and that aircraft are ready for operation; read and interpret maintenance manuals, service bulletins, and other specifications to determine the feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components; and maintain repair logs, documenting all preventative and corrective aircraft maintenance. All of these skills will provide for technical career path advancement within the profession over time. 

Depending upon interest, job opportunities in the aviation maintenance profession can include a wide array of settings such as major or regional airlines, corporate aviation, and aerospace manufacturing. Maintenance professionals can also be self-employed entrepreneurs. Opportunities are also available with civil government agencies and the Department of Defense. Some employment opportunities require more travel than others, including international travel. 

Earnings, job growth and education levels noted are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (National), and CareerOneStop/U.S. Department of Labor (Michigan).

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit Gainful Employment Information.