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Licensed Occupation
Licensed Occupation      (United States)

Description:  Aircraft mechanics are certified by the FAA with either an airframe (A) or powerplant (P) rating. Initial ratings require either completion of FAA Approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School or 18 months of work experience. Applicants must pass written, oral and practical exams. Thirty months of work experience is required for a combined Airframe & Powerplant (A & P) certificate. To obtain an inspector's authorization, a mechanic must have held an A & P certificate for at least 3 years. This certificate is valid until it is surrendered, suspended or revoked, but requires currency of experience or refresher training. For further information, go the web site of the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS): http://umet-vets.dol.gov/airframe-mechanic.htm, http://www1.faa.gov/AVR/afs/mechanics.htm, and http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfrhtml_00/Title_14/14cfr65_00.html, parts 65.71-65.95.

License Agency:
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Ave., SW
Washington DC 20591
202-287-3484
http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/airmen_FAQ/

Source: CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).
Note: Information on licensed occupations is gathered in each state by Labor Market Information units under a grant from USDOL. States are required to submit updated license information once every two years.