Aircraft Mechanic

Licensing Authority

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration

Anchorage FSDO
300 W. 36th Avenue Ste 101
Anchorage, AK 99503

Fairbanks FSDO
4419 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709

Juneau FSDO
3032 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite 106
Juneau, AK 99801


Contact the FAA FSDO in your area for exam and fee information.


Aircraft mechanics must possess a FAA mechanic certificate with either an airframe or powerplant rating, or both, or a repairman certificate. Trade schools which qualify applicants for the written and practical tests typically last two years. Work experience in aircraft maintenance may qualify an applicant for the tests if authorized by the FAA. Minimum age is 18. There are no requirements for a medical certificate. Privileges to be exercised may be limited by ratings, or limitations that may be placed on the authorizations of an employer.

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • To be eligible for a mechanic certificate and associated ratings, a person must:
    • Be at least 18 years of age;
    • Be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language, or in the case of an applicant who does not meet this requirement and who is employed outside of the United States by a U.S. air carrier, have his certificate endorsed "Valid only outside the United States";
    • Have passed all of the prescribed tests within a period of 24 months; and
    • Comply with the sections of this subpart that apply to the rating they seek.
  • A certified mechanic who applies for an additional rating must meet the requirements of §65.77 and, within a period of 24 months, pass the tests prescribed by §§65.75 and 65.79 for the additional rating sought.

Section 65.75 Knowledge Requirements:

  • Each applicant for a mechanic certificate or rating must, after meeting the applicable experience requirements of §65.77, pass a written test covering the construction and maintenance of aircraft appropriate to the rating he seeks, the regulations in this subpart, and the applicable provisions of parts 43 and 91 of this chapter. The basic principles covering the installation and maintenance of propellers are included in the powerplant test.
  • The applicant must pass each section of the test before applying for the oral and practical tests prescribed by §65.79. A report of the written test is sent to the applicant.

Section 65.77 Experience Requirements:
Each applicant for a mechanic certificate or rating must present either an appropriate graduation certificate or certificate of completion from a certificated aviation maintenance technician school or documentary evidence, satisfactory to the Administrator, of --

  • At least 18 months of practical experience with the procedures, practices, materials, tools, machine tools, and equipment generally used in constructing, maintaining, or altering airframes, or powerplants appropriate to the rating sought; or
  • At least 30 months of practical experience concurrently performing the duties appropriate to both the airframe and powerplant ratings.

Section 65.79 Skills Requirements:
Each applicant for a mechanic certificate or rating must pass an oral and a practical test on the rating he seeks. The tests cover the applicant's basic skill in performing practical projects on the subjects covered by the written test for that rating. An applicant for a powerplant rating must show his ability to make satisfactory minor repairs to, and minor alterations of, propellers.

Last updated April 2015.