Being certified or degreed in a needed skill is critical when career opportunities present themselves. Aircraft Mechanics have a range of high-earning job options with their Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) certificates. However, pairing an advanced degree with your A&P could enhance your value in many ways – it all depends on what you want to do!
Curious how mechanics can benefit from having a 2-year or 4-year degree? Read on to learn about the steps for creating a degree plan, and opportunities to continue your education with NAA’s articulation agreements.
How a Degree Compliments Your A&P Certifications
While the nature of an aircraft mechanic’s job is hands-on, written and verbal communication and interpersonal abilities are highly sought after in aviation. The experience gained from completing college courses is an excellent way to
- Enhance your professional skills
- Grow your ability to manage more responsibilities
- Improve your confidence to engage with professionals at every level
- Help you stand out from other candidates
- Provide the background needed to advance into management roles
- Accelerate your eligibility for higher-level positions
Furthermore, depending on the employer’s education level preference, having a degree can increase your value and earning potential!
Crafting Your Degree Plan
Getting a degree is a considerable investment of your time and money. You’ll want to carefully plan out your education with your career goals in mind.
National Aviation Academy (NAA) has formed Articulation Agreements with other accredited institutions for those interested in advanced degrees. This makes the pursuit of a degree more affordable for students who complete the 14-month Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) or 21-month Aviation Maintenance Professional (AMP) program! And did we mention that through these agreements, your NAA training counts as college credit?
Since these agreements allow you to apply NAA training towards the credits needed to complete a degree with one of our partnered schools, you can save up to half the amount of time and money needed to continue your education.
First, Research Your Ideal Career and Position
Deciding on the right level of education will depend on the qualifications needed for the ultimate position you have in mind. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is an excellent resource for researching the education requirements needed for various career paths. You can also check out recruiting pages to see the specific certifications, skills, or degrees required for various job levels. Additionally, you can view listings on employer websites, typically under “careers,” to see the specific requirements for available positions.
Steps for Choosing a Degree and/or Major
When choosing a degree, you can follow the below steps:
- Determine the appropriate level of education (from your research)
- Select the degree type – General, Science, or Arts
- If pursuing a Bachelor’s, decide on a subject or area of study to major or minor in
You may initially begin with a 2-year associate degree and then choose to transition into higher-level courses for an additional two years to earn your bachelor’s. Or you can choose to go straight into 4-year bachelor’s degree program. Being in aviation maintenance, a science degree or general degree would most align with your career field.
An Associate of Science (AS) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree will likely emphasize math, sciences, and the technical know-how of performing a job. A Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree may draw on subjects such as liberal arts and sciences to help students learn how to form persuasive, supported arguments, tactful communication, and problem-solving skills.
NAA’s Articulation Agreements
Polk State College – Associates of Science (AS) in Aviation Maintenance Administration
Build upon your certifications by adding academic skills to enhance professional communication and management abilities! A total of 30 credits earned upon completing NAA’s AMT or AMP program applies toward the 60 total credits of the AS in Aviation Maintenance Administration Degree. The remaining 30 credits needed for the AS Degree would take approximately 1 year to complete and can be done through online courses.
Middlesex Community College – Associates of Science (AS) in Aviation Maintenance Technology
The Liberal Studies Aeronautical Maintenance Technology program provides the background for potential advancement to supervisory and managerial positions. A total of 30 credits earned upon completing NAA’s New England AMT program applies toward the 60 total credits of the AS degree at Middlesex Community College (MCC). The remaining 30 credits needed for the AS Degree would take approximately 1 year to complete and can be done through online courses.
Southern New Hampshire University – Bachelor’s in General Studies (BGS)
The broad critical-thinking skills gained with a general studies online bachelor’s degree benefits many career paths. SNHU general studies online bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 credits. A total of 63 credits transfers into the degree program upon completing NAA’s AMT or AMP program.
To Degree or Not to Degree?
Be aware that there is high demand for aircraft mechanics, and you can be hugely successful with A&P licenses alone. You may also qualify for higher-level opportunities that degree holders have with time, a range of experience, and the right attitude. It all depends on your current level of experience, the timeline of your career goals, and how you want to achieve them.
The coursework of a degree can sharpen your communication and professionalism, broaden your skills to other areas, and potentially open additional career opportunities and career paths. Ultimately, the choice is yours!
Want to know more about A&P certification and NAA’s advanced degree partnerships? Request more information below to learn how to start your aviation maintenance career!