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Sturmtrooper
07-19-2004, 09:33 AM
Yep , today is the day I start aircraft mechanic school. Hopefully in two and a half years I'll have my A&P certificate. I've loved aviation my whole life and am really looking forward to this. I work at UPS and I hope to get on there as an aircraft maintainance technician when I graduate. My last time in the classroom was about fifteen years ago , needless to say I'm a little nervous. But as long as I keep my nose to the grindstone I should do just fine. Besides , what could possibly be better than working on aircraft ?
Okay , flying them , of course . http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
Any A&Ps out there with any advice ?

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Sturmtrooper
07-19-2004, 09:33 AM
Yep , today is the day I start aircraft mechanic school. Hopefully in two and a half years I'll have my A&P certificate. I've loved aviation my whole life and am really looking forward to this. I work at UPS and I hope to get on there as an aircraft maintainance technician when I graduate. My last time in the classroom was about fifteen years ago , needless to say I'm a little nervous. But as long as I keep my nose to the grindstone I should do just fine. Besides , what could possibly be better than working on aircraft ?
Okay , flying them , of course . http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
Any A&Ps out there with any advice ?

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hughlb2
07-19-2004, 09:53 AM
Good for you Sturmtrooperhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif My cousin is a certified civil aircraft mechanic and loves his work. I can imagine it being a truly satisfying job for those with an interest in aviation and hey, the pay aint bad either!http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Goodluck with it all.

Indianer.
07-19-2004, 10:38 AM
I hope all goes well. I went back to university after leaving school for ten years. I am now half way through my second degree lol.

After the initial shock I found that I coped better than most of the younger students and now I'm a vet!

GL m8...keep us informed.

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Kasdeya
07-19-2004, 10:58 AM
Good Luck, I will be taking my test in the comming months. Didn't go to school for it, but I spent four years working on everything from Boeing 707's to crop dusters. There's things in the book that I have never heard of so..... alot of reading for me http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Let us know how it goes for ya.

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Taylortony
07-19-2004, 11:11 AM
I'm an A and C which is the UK equivalent to the FAA one but includes the likes of inspector...

Any advice .........Hmmmmmmm Enjoy it, http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif You will if you are lucky get to work on a variety of things and fly in the stuff that people here just dream of, From doing 50 to 22,000ft vertical climbs and Aerobatics in a Jaguar T2 over Gibralter to crawling along and freezing to death in a Dehavilland Beaver whilst watching the traffic below passing us (Honest) and Yacht hopping low level down the Lake District whilst sitting on the back of the ramp of a Chinook, legs dangling in the air.
Every day is different and brings new suprises and learning experiences (even after 25 years plus at it) I have been lucky enough to travel through it and have met interesting people the World over ( In the RAF we even bombed and straffed a few of them http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ) It's a great life http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif The down sides are doing an Engine change outside at minus 15+ in Canada in a snow storm, working at 3 am in the morning outside, cold, wet, fed up and covered in Skydrol trying to replace a pump or even head down a toilet trying to chip the frozen jobby lolly off the sluice valve, so we can empty the toilets whilst a friend stands behind you spraying airfresher in your direction ( It dont work )

But of all the bad points there are 100 good ones to replace it http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

LeadSpitter_
07-19-2004, 11:12 AM
tough job and alot of responsibility, but the paycheck makes it well worth it especially if your certifed for maintenance of multi-engine jet aircraft.

best of luck to you.

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Simjock
07-19-2004, 11:46 AM
I hope you didn't sigh up for Westwood Colleges of Aviation Technology, Broomfeild Colorado or any other campus. I got screwed there. The'll spoon feed you FAA test questions and answers, and have you tinker on scrap yard junk.
And when you finish you'll be lucky to get a job refurbishing tires in Altlanta.

Sugestion; Buy your own books, and volunteer your effort at a maintenance shop. You'll save about $23,000 and get some real training.

Good Luck.


p.s. (can you tell I'm a bit upset with Westwood Colleges? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-mad.gif)

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Sturmtrooper
07-19-2004, 12:38 PM
Taylortony , I don't really know how much jump seating that I will be doing . It will mostly be a lot of classroom stuff at first (General), then two semesters of Airframe followed by two semesters of Powerplant. Of course you were in the RAF too , right ?
Simjock , no it's not in Colorado. I'm getting my job to pay for the classes and the texts. The only thing that I am paying for is the tools (and they ain't cheap http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif). But I'm gonna try to get my job to pay for my tools as well , classroom materials right ?
I will keep all you m8s posted on my progress.
Thanks for the positive reinforcement. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
If anyone else out there has any words of advice or comments , I'd like to hear from you.

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Taylortony
07-19-2004, 02:36 PM
we get a tax allowance for tools here, it aint much but it helps http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

TX-EcoDragon
07-19-2004, 03:21 PM
Thats great! I don't think there are many better jobs than those in aviation, and the demand for good A&P's is going up up up at an amazing rate!


At least in California there are a few rather good (so the industry says) Junior/Citty College courses that offer a rather affordable route to A&P. . . and at most you can throw IA on top of that. Off the top of my head I San Joaquin Valley College had a very large program, and Sacramento City College also has one. I am thinking of heading over there and getting mine done, but I keep not quite finding the time.

As far as tips go. . . please forgive if I give you a few personal horror stories that are fresh in my mind: Do things buy the book. . . and don't being too intimidated or embarrased to admit something you don't know much about, or to ask about things you haven't yet done. This is one of those times that it is good to have some networking of other more experienced A&P's, kinda like a mentor, to call on. You can't feel ashamed if you dont know what is in store for you when a customer calls you with a Wilga that needs an annual. Or like the the rebuild in the Bonanza gear assembly. It seems that many A&P who shall remain nameless feel that the procedure is too complex and difficult to do if everything looks more or less ok, but instead of saying that, they say they inspected (cycled) it and it looks good. . . apparently, lets call him Mike the mechanic and his posse, thought that the factory alignments are better than they could do, and a few weeks later when it fails on touchdown . . . well thats bad for everyone.

Anyway, just have pride in your work! Don't get distracted half way though and leave a pair of vice grips in the tail of the SuperDecathlon I am taking into my first low altitude contest criteque. . . that makes me mad. . . and my mom doesn't like it much either. . . hehe. . .ya know, it is one of those jobs that has great rewards, but they are for those with the pride and dedication to do it well. I for one think the best things in life are like that. . .

Anyway, Best of luck, and enjoy it!

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wayno7777
07-20-2004, 02:30 AM
Go for it, Dude! I regret not doing it when I got out of the Army. Now I have four boys, a wife, an 11 month old German Shepard, three rabbits, two goldfish, a pool, two mortgages....
I have been checking into it, though. I don't know if these will help, but check 'em out.
http://www.ap-iabooks.com/certification_guide.htm
http://www.federalexams.com/Course%20Info.htm
http://www.avtech-exams.com/Home%20study.htm
http://www.faa.gov/fsdo/phl/soyou.htm
http://www.maxpages.com/aviationmaint/AandP%20search%20help%20wanted

Good luck! The in my area it would cost me about $16000 for the school, $1100 for the tests and about $2800 for a good tool set. The local is 18 months long 40 hours a week.

PS. I was a Huey crewchief in the Army.

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wayno7777
07-20-2004, 02:36 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Simjock:
I hope you didn't sigh up for Westwood Colleges of Aviation Technology, Broomfeild Colorado or any other campus. I got screwed there. The'll spoon feed you FAA test questions and answers, and have you tinker on scrap yard junk.
And when you finish you'll be lucky to get a job refurbishing tires in Altlanta.

Sugestion; Buy your own books, and volunteer your effort at a maintenance shop. You'll save about $23,000 and get some real training.

Good Luck.


p.s. (can you tell I'm a bit upset with Westwood Colleges? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-mad.gif)

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"Take is optional, landing is manditory. When worse comes to worse, just remember to keep the greasy side down."<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Yeah, I saw their ads, stayed away from them!

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maddvmaxx
07-20-2004, 02:55 AM
I almost got into that line of work also.But I went into welding instead.I am now welding all kinds of A&P stuff for the aerospace industry,from companies from around the globe.It never gets boring!Good luck,you'll be fine http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Z4K
07-21-2004, 08:27 PM
Good luck mate! I've just started a similar thing, an apprenticeship with Qantas and it's awesome. At 22 I'm about 4 or 5 years older than most (but by no means all) of the other first year apprentices but it's a non-issue.

Make sure you have fun and it'll be a dream. I spent all last night folded up inside a Rolls Royce RB211 engine (a bit cramped when you're 6'2" - the GE CF6 looks like it'll be even smaller). Awesome http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif. I'm having the time of my life and suspect you probably will too.

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Red_Russian13
07-21-2004, 08:46 PM
Sturmtrooper;

Good luck! I recently started college after a bit of an absence from the classroom, though not as much as yours. In a couple of days, you'll be fine I think.

Red Russian

BaldieJr
07-21-2004, 08:57 PM
I have some advice: Stay out of "Stooges". I know its close to work, but that place sucks.

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wayno7777
07-22-2004, 12:33 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BaldieJr:
I have some advice: Stay out of "Stooges". I know its close to work, but that place sucks.

http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ahhhh, fresh air!

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