Avionics News July 2017 - 43
is an aircraft owner and wants to learn about maintaining his
aircraft's avionics systems.
We will have our next cohort of students beginning this fall.
We have the capacity for 20 students in each two-quarter cohort
with a total capacity of 40 annually. I'm confident we will fill
those classes as we move forward.
Avionics News: No doubt that's very encouraging for
you and other schools in the area.
Prosch: It is. Avionics and coupling it with the A&P
license is a great career with great opportunities.
Avionics News: Speaking of opportunities, what is the
typical yearly salary for one of your graduates?
Prosch: In our region, if a student earns an avionics certificate and does not have an A&P license, avionics manufacturers will start them at about $17 per hour. However, based on
any industry experience, it could be higher. One of our partners
stated they start at $17 per hour and would go up to $25 per
hour based on background experience of the employee. All our
region's avionics manufacturers are in that salary range.
Regarding the airlines, United said that under its new
contract, it is hiring A&Ps at around $26 per hour, and that is
before avionics training. Delta has a different model - with an
A&P and the avionics certificate, and working on the flight
line, a technician will start at about $30 per hour. The median
salary for avionics techs with an A&P in our region is almost
$37 per hour.
In Delta's case, technicians move quickly up the salary track.
Within three years, they're typically making six figures, and in a
few cases, had A&P mechanics making over $200,000 last year.
For A&P mechanics with avionics certification, it is a lucrative
field, and that's just within the aviation industry. Other industries
are always after avionics trained technicians with an A&P.
Students are taught specific skills and held to a high standard
for licensure. This appeals to other industries, including rail,
subway and automotive.
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