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Vehicle and Aircraft Mechanics is a degree category that consists of the following common degrees:

  • Automotive Mechanics



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    Automotive Mechanics

    Automotive mechanics training programs prepare students to work as auto mechanics or auto repair technicians.

    Coursework covers both vehicle preventative maintenance and repair. Learning modules include engine types and parts, transmissions, brake systems, suspension systems, steering systems, wheel alignment, drive lines and axles, and electrical fundamentals. Programs also provide instruction in the use of computerized diagnostic equipment.

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  • Aircraft Maintenance Technology



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    Aircraft Maintenance Technology

    Aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians keep airplanes in safe operating condition. Degree programs in aircraft maintenance technology teach students how to inspect, maintain, and repair aircraft.

    The typical curriculum covers both the airframe (structural) and power plant (engine) components of aircraft. Students learn about aircraft metal structures, fuel systems, electronics, hydraulics and propulsion systems, landing gear systems, and maintenance and inspection regulations.

    Many programs in aircraft maintenance technology are structured around the various specializations of airframe and power plant (A&P) mechanics.

    These include:

    • Avionics technicians – specialists in aircraft electronic instrumentation and computer systems
    • Designated airworthiness representatives (DARs) – specialists who inspect aircraft for their suitability to fly safely
    • Inspection authorized (IA) mechanics – mechanics who hold both airframe and power plant licenses and are therefore qualified to perform comprehensive inspections on aircraft
    • Repairmen – maintenance personnel who are permitted to complete only very specific duties on specific jobs at specific repair centers
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