I’ve always liked working with my hands. Some of my favorite memories from my childhood are of long Saturday afternoons spent with my father fixing things around the house. We never called in a repairman or sent our stuff out to get serviced; we did everything ourselves. Some of our projects included repairing the washing machine, toaster, television, dishwasher, refrigerator, lawn mower, and of course our cars. I learned a lot by watching my old man work on various appliances and machines, and now I’m ready to take the next step by turning my hobby into a career.
After giving this a lot of thought, I believe going to airplane mechanic school should be my next step. I have never worked on planes before, but I know with the right training, I would be good at it. Some of my buddies think I should just stick to cars since that’s where most of my experience lies. I understand where they’re coming from, but I want more of a challenge. I think I’ll find that challenge in the aircraft maintenance industry, so that’s why I’ve made my choice.
I’ve done a bit of research already and am happy to learn that there’s an airplane mechanic school not too far away from my home. It’s the only local campus, though, so I’ve got to make my application perfect otherwise I might not get another chance for a while. This particular airplane mechanic school offers everything I think I’ll need, including hands-on training from experts, state-of-the-art equipment in the classrooms, and a solid foundation in other subjects. Plus, I can also receive job placement assistance after I graduate, which is an important consideration in this economy.
Some people think that after graduating from airplane mechanic school, the only option is to work for United, American, Delta, Southwest, or one of the other major airlines. But this is not the case. There are plenty of opportunities in the private sector as well, which would mean working at a small airfield on planes like Cessnas, Beechcrafts, Hawkers, and maybe the odd Gulfstream or two. That kind of gig would be absolutely perfect for me to begin with, and then after I get more experience I can start to think about applying with the bigger outfits.
Tuition for airplane mechanic school is quite reasonable, and as long as I take classes through accredited community colleges or trade schools, I can get financial assistance in the form of student loans and government grants. I’m also going to keep working even after I enroll, so that should go a long way towards covering tuition costs as well.
Right now I feel pretty good about my decision to attend airplane mechanic school. For the past few years I’ve just sort of been coasting through life without knowing what I want to do with myself. Once I hit upon the aircraft maintenance idea, I immediately felt as though I found my calling. I can’t wait to begin my education and embark on a great new career!