I have recently graduated from college in aircraft maintenance program. I am wondering if the mechanical engineering degree is useful to find a job as an AME apprentice. It seems like all of my classmates got a job so far except me. I haven't received anything back yet.
I have heard that too high education might be minus point when looking for a job as a technician.
Anyone has an idea?
>In most cases - a degree usually identifies the employee's intention that he will advance to a 'Design"-type job when a situation presents itself. - The present AME job is just the "opportunity to get the foot into the doorway" .. & the industry.
>Decide to be a either a Mechanic or design-Engineer .. The 4-5 years spent at University translates to about 5x $50k lost income .. that will not be recoverable.
Note that a Licensed Mechanic will average about $90K (annually in YYZ) .. and a Design engineer (less that 10 years experience) about $75K.
Make friends, knock on doors, hang around the hangers, the only sure way to get an apprentice AME job.
>I have seen only rare examples of blanket emails addressed to "whom it may concern" resulting in anything .. even with Masters & Doctorate advanced degrees included !
... BTW .. quick story .. 10 years (or so ago) I was working on a newly Certified aircraft when i noticed an individual critically inspecting the wings .. Asking him "whatz the problem ?"
he replied that he was a Doctorate aerodynamicist - and "this was the first time he got to actually touch & see a wing close-up .." .. some things just make you wonder !!