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AVIATION INSTITUTE OF MAINTENANCE
Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) was founded in 1969 as an agency dedicated to workforce development and career training. Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) operates twelve Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools (AMTS) each certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). AIM schools are located throughout the United States in the major metropolitan areas of: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Virginia Beach and Washington DC. As the world’s largest trainer of these licensed technicians, we take safety seriously from the very beginning. Students learn the hazards and dangers of working on and around aircraft. Throughout their training program, safe working practices are embedded into their training, to the point they become inherent.
To ensure that newly certificated (licensed) aviation technicians are properly trained, the FAA curriculum is defined in Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 146, Appendixes in three separate areas: General, Airframe and Powerplant.
Upon Graduation AIM assists graduates in obtaining employment after graduation. Airlines (major and regional); Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MROs); and repair stations begin to interview students weeks prior to graduation for entry level positions. The employer of the newly licensed technician provides the on-the-job-training (OJT) on specific aircraft models, or systems they manufacturer or operate. Some international graduates find employment in the United States, but most return to their home country to seek employment.
AIM also offers a short course to assist experienced engineers in attaining their FAA Mechanic’s Certificate (license) with a rating in Airframe, Powerplant, or Airframe and Powerplant under Part 65 of the Federal Aviation Regulation. With documentation supporting work experience in at least 50% of the areas listed in FAR 147, Appendixes B, C and D, the FAA will provide authorization to take the required written exams and then the O&P required to earn an FAA license. AIM spends one week in review of each area: General, Airframe and Powerplant. After each week of classroom and lab, candidates take the FAA written exam and prepare for the O&P exams. Following the initial three weeks of classroom review and testing, the final two weeks are for scheduled O&P exams conducted by the FAA’s DME for the school location as listed on the FAA website.
Other aviation programs offered at AIM are: Aircraft Dispatcher (FAA license), Aviation Maintenance Technician – Helicopter (advanced turbine helicopters), Aviation Maintenance Technical Engineer (avionics) and an avocational course for Flight Attendant. Housing assistance is provided for full time students and for the experienced engineers seeking the FAA license.
Each campus location is approved to participate in the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and issue the I-20 that permits qualified international students to attend higher education in the United States. Housing assistance is also available to military personal relocating to one of our campuses and to our international students. Student Services, as well as Career Placement assistance, is available. This cultural exchange experienced at AIM broadens students’ cultural awareness and prepares them for a global career in aviation maintenance.
PROJECTED DEMAND: As new generation airplanes become more prominent in the global fleet, advances in airplane technology will drive an increased need for technicians skilled in avionics, composites, and digital troubleshooting. The need for maintenance personnel is largest in the Asia Pacific region, which will require 257,000 new technicians. Airlines in North America will require 189,000, Europe 132,000, the Middle East 66,000, Latin America 55,000, Africa 28,000, and Russia / Central Asia 27,000. https://www.boeing.com/tech commercial/market/pilot-technician-outlook/2018-technician-outlook/
Aviation Institute of Maintenance encourages all Active Duty, Reservist, and Veterans using Veterans Benefits to visit the Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within the military service prior to enrolling. You can find more information by visiting the VA website and carefully evaluate your options and benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill ® and the new Post 9/11 GI Bill ® and other available programs before making a decision. There are many things to consider before choosing which benefit you wish to receive and whether or not to participate in the benefit programs.
AIM is proud of the active duty personnel, reservists and veterans who attend our school. Many of us have walked in your shoes, and we understand the sacrifices you have made for our country. In fact, you will find veterans everywhere at AIM: Instructors, Program Coordinators, Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Services, and Administration. It’s because of this first-hand knowledge that we go the extra mile to make you feel at home and provide you with the services and support you may need to be a successful student and graduate.
Campus Veteran Representative
Each of AIM’s campuses have a special Veteran Representative on staff to connect you with admissions, financial aid and all other departments. Your Veteran Representative will also help you connect with other veteran students on campus. This is your go-to person for all military and veteran specific support services.
Veteran No Loan Program
AIM also offers students the unique opportunity to complete their education with no loans to repay. If you are eligible for Chapter 33, this Debt Free Program offers 100% forgiveness of any tuition and fees not covered by Chapter 33 and Federal Pell Grant, as long as you do not receive any Federal Title IV student loans. Talk with a Financial Aid Advisor for more details.
Other Military Benefits
Each of AIM’s campus locations are approved by their State Approving Agency for Veteran’s Education and Training.