#67. Airframe and powerplant technology

- Early career pay: $51,000

- Mid-career pay: $71,000

Another course of study designed to help students pass an FAA exam, airframe and powerplant technology covers everything one would need to know to become a certified airplane mechanic. A typical program begins by looking at aviation materials and moves on to topics like hydraulics, engine systems, and fire protection systems. Career paths here are pretty focused, but vary slightly from A&P technician to aircraft mechanic or restorer, or maintenance supervisor.

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