AME-M vs AME-S

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AME-M vs AME-S

Post by mgonzalez03 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:49 pm

I am interested in becoming an AME and have been looking at courses at Mohawk College in hamilton ontario. They offer a maintenance technician course and a structures technician course and I am just trying to get more info about both trades before I make a decision. I am just wondering what kind of salary I would be looking at for both of these as an apprentice and as a licensed AME. Also what kind of demand there is in the Hamilton/GTA area in southern ontario. If you could please give me more info about these that would be appreciated and also do you think this is a good trade to get into.
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Re: AME-M vs AME-S

Post by LousyFisherman » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:12 pm

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Isn't there a thread "Future AME Discouraged"
Start there
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And I'm not an AME

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Re: AME-M vs AME-S

Post by Heliian » Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:00 pm

I think you want to go the structures route. Less travel, less variety, sameish pay, you might be able to stay in SO too.

You can start with the M and get a basic understanding of structures to see if you want to go that way also.
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Re: AME-M vs AME-S

Post by mgonzalez03 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:40 pm

Less travel is a good thing and from what ive been hearing about the pay for ame-m it doesnt sound too bad you can make a living off that. I contacted the coordinator at mohawk college and they said the bigger companies around here are having a hard time getting structures people. Anyone know anything about that?
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Re: AME-M vs AME-S

Post by jsmetalbashers » Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:31 pm

I've been doing Structures for too long and while there is demand, I find there is less selection for places to work/live compared to having an M license. Do whichever one you think you'll enjoy more. If you have an artistic side, go S, if you are more mechanical go M. My 2 bits.
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Re: AME-M vs AME-S

Post by mgonzalez03 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:26 pm

Has anyone here taken either of these courses at Mohawk College. If so what kind of luck have you had finding a job after? There are a few companies at Hamilton Airport that I know about. Kelowna, West Jet and im not sure if purolator there would have there own mechanics I dont have too much knowledge about this field yet but are any of these good places to work?
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Re: AME-M vs AME-S

Post by jsmetalbashers » Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:55 pm

Kelowna flightcraft is the Purolator contractor in Hamilton airport. Large base with opportunities, big jets are fun to work on too.
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Re: AME-M vs AME-S

Post by dashx » Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:55 am

If you have an artistic side, go S, if you are more mechanical go M
Indeed.

with an S license (it is my humble opinion) you will be just as valuable (depending on the company) as an M mechanic. And you can always go after your M license later.
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Re: AME-M vs AME-S

Post by Bede » Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:29 pm

I've been around aviation for a while and pay close attention when I watch people practice their trade. I still have no idea how structures guys make metal bend the way they can. No matter how much I try, I can never get my stuff to look that good. If you really be humbled watch a guy with an English wheel and then try it yourself.
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Re: AME-M vs AME-S

Post by Juggernaut » Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:13 pm

The training period is about the same for both licences. When you complete your M licence you can specialize in the S area and your M licence has a blanket coverage. Same for E licence, your M licence covers it. At least you can fall back on the M licence if you become interested in trying something different. You can't do that with the S and E licence.
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