Aviation Maintenance Technician


As long as there are aircraft, mechanics will be in demand. If you are passionate about airplanes, detail oriented, and have a mechanical aptitude, a career as an aviation maintenance technician (AMT) has solid grounding. AMT skills are highly valued for keeping aircraft safe, in good working order, and operating efficiently. 

Becoming an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT)

As an Aviation Maintenance Technician, or AMT, you will repair and maintain aircraft, engines, and avionics. From recovering legacy aircraft to refitting the largest passenger jets, you will work with the newest technology in an exciting, fast-paced industry.

Becoming an AMT is not too difficult, time consuming, or expensive. Gleim Aviation will help you on your way to a rewarding career as an AMT.

AMT Requirements


Be at least 18 years old and have the ability to read, write, and speak English.


There are three ways to achieve the FAA required experience. You can work at an FAA Repair Station under the direct supervision of an FAA licensed mechanic for 18 months for each certificate (Airframe or Powerplant) or 30 months for both. You can also gain experience by joining one of the armed services and getting trained in aircraft maintenance.

The most common way to become an AMT is to attend an Aviation Maintenance Technician School (AMTS). Training at these schools lasts between 12 and 24 months. When you graduate, you will be qualified to take the FAA exams.

FAA Testing

There are three tests required to become an AMT: an oral exam, a practical test, and a computerized knowledge test. The oral and practical tests cover 52 technical subjects and generally take about 12-16 hours to complete.

To successfully pass the knowledge test for all sections (Airframe, Powerplant, and General), use the Gleim Aviation Maintenance Technician Test Prep material. All courses have study outlines and practice tests covering the actual FAA test questions.

NOTE: Completion of the Gleim course alone does not authorize you to take the FAA AMT knowledge tests. You must either meet the civilian or military experience requirements and receive a test authorization from an Aviation Safety Inspector at your local FSDO or be authorized to test through an FAA-approved Part 147 AMT school.

AMT Test Preparation

AMT Online Maintenance School And Test Prep Set

Study for and pass your FAA knowledge test by using two of our most popular test preparation product formats – Gleim Online Maintenance School for and Gleim FAA Test Prep Online. By combining both of these valuable training aids for each of your AMT tests (General, Airframe, and Powerplant), you will not only be able to make effective use of all available study time, but you will also achieve higher test scores thanks to our intuitively appealing preparation system.

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