Aerospace engineering doesn’t mean only design and manufacturing of an aircraft. If you think education and training in aerospace engineering that has big role. You can consider it as a separate industry from aerospace engineering. In fact, there are more than 2.000 aviation schools in all over the world. If you plan to start a new career in aviation you need to pick one of the fields.
Pilots, flight attendants, maintenance and engineering are common fields in aviation industry training. At first, you need to choose one of these fields before education. If you want to be operational side of aerospace engineering you can select being pilot or crew personal. Otherwise you can choose to be engineer in aviation.
Everybody can get training certificate about aviation if he/she has requirements. First of all acceptance to a training program which is about aviation requires Pilot or Medical Certificate. You need a medical certificate before flying. Medical certificate have to be administered by an authorized doctor. Medical standards and certifications have different levels as first-class airman that can get private pilot certificate, second-class airman that can commercial pilot license, third-class airman that can get airline transport pilot license. And each class has own requirements about eye, ear, nose, throat, mental, neurologic, cardiovascular.
If your health is suitable to fly you can think about another step. Most of the companies or aviation schools requires foreign language certification. If you have a TOEFL degree, which is required by company or school it won’t be problem. Your English command in spoken and written is essential for your education and career.
Age is another point need to be considered during education. If you are too young and younger than 18, you can be a student pilot. At least 16 years old student pilots can attend courses. If you are 17 years old you can be a private pilot. To be a commercial pilot you need to be 18 years old at least. To be an airline transport pilot, you have to be at least 23 years old.
You have different course alternatives about aviation training. You can join fast-track airline programs, college and university courses and local airport FBO programs. Important thing that you have to check is type of training program. There are two different types of training programs in aviation. One of them is Part 61 and another one is Part 141. Both of them have certification. However Part 141 trainings are more structured.
Cost of aviation training programs can be tricky. If you want to compare price of courses you need to check course scope and certification level of training. If you are sure about all details we can say a course can cost between 6.000 USD and 10.000 USD. However, according to course content and certification level it can increase up to 60.000 USD.
Completing first level of course does not mean everything. After certification you need to get experience about flying and aerospace engineering.
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