ABOUT THE PROGRAM
If you have a passion for aviation, love hands-on work and complex problem solving, a career in aviation may be for you. There is a huge, unmet demand for qualified aircraft mechanics; recruiters visit or contact our program on a regular basis in hopes of hiring our highly qualified graduating students for various job opportunities.
The post-secondary aviation program picks up where the prerequisite program, secondary Aviation and Aerospace Technology program* left off, and is intended for students pursuing their Federal Aviation Administrations’ (FAA) Aircraft Mechanic certification. Students will receive in-depth, hands-on training in subject areas such as aircraft assembly and rigging, sheet metal fabrication and repair, advanced composites, avionics, inspection procedures and turbine and piston engine maintenance. After graduating from the program, students have the option of pursuing their FAA Mechanic Certification (A&P).
*Secondary Aviation and Aerospace Technology (also known as the FAA General) is a 490 hour required prerequisite course that may be completed within one academic year prior to acceptance to the post-secondary program.
Course Structure: Students attend this FAA certified Part 147 program for one academic year, attending class 8 hrs/day, 5 days/wk. While some time is spent in the classroom environment (apx. 30%), most of the learning occurs in the hangar, working on our diverse fleet of airplanes and helicopters. The year is broken up into two sections: Airframe and Powerplant with each section encompassing about 750 curriculum hours.
Students completing the program are qualified to apply for their FAA Mechanic Certificate. BTC has the personnel to offer all the required testing in-house, and can even issue your temporary FAA certificate. Certified mechanics can work in a variety of aviation fields on different types of aircraft and most employers offer plenty of room for career advancement, as well as paid training. The multi-disciplinary training students receive prepares them for other technical fields besides aviation; many of our students have gone onto engineering school or pursued other technical areas.
EMPLOYMENT WITHIN THE AVIATION FIELD
- Airline mechanic
- Sheet metal technician
- Avionics technician
- Composite repair
- General aviation (small aircraft)
- Helicopter mechanic
- UAV mechanic
- Component repair
- and much more!
Moses Daly has been an FAA certified A&P for 20+ years having worked in general aviation, for flight schools and the airlines. In addition to being an A&P, he has his Inspection Authorization (IA) and is an FAA Designated Maintenance Examiner (DME). He’s also a certified Commercial pilot and flight instructor and co-founded Vermont’s largest FAA Part 141 flight school, Vermont Flight Academy. In his spare time he enjoys taking people for rides up and down Lake Champlain in his Cessna 172H. Moses has been sharing his love of all things aviation with BTC students for over 10 years.
Tuition for the 2022-23 School Year Including Tools and Fees: $10,950 *Students are responsible for sourcing their own tool box, tools, and books. Therefore, costs on these items may vary.
FAA testing fees are not included as they are typically taken after program completion.
Many adult learners qualify for funding to help with some or all of the tuition cost for training. Career centers work with VSAC, Vermont Department of Labor, VocRehab Vermont, and Vermont Adult Basic Education. VSAC has outreach counselors in every region in Vermont ready to help students learn about grant opportunities. Find a VSAC Counselor in your Region.
Deadline to Apply: May 31st, 2021.