Apprenticeship Program

“Yeah, but do you work on airplanes at your job?”

Can you think of a more exciting job than working on aircraft? Okay, maybe being a superhero, but becoming an A&P Aviation Mechanic is a close second.

C&L Aviation’s Apprenticeship Program provides a paying job and employee benefits for an apprentice as they gain on-the-job experience to prepare for the FAA certification examination and a career in aviation. The FAA’s Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate is required for all aircraft mechanics to sign off on aircraft maintenance.

A&P Aviation Mechanics, also known as Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT), are in high demand with a projected 610,000 job openings for maintenance technicians around the world by 2041. At C&L, our A&P mechanics can expect a starting wage of $23 an hour, which is an annual income of $47,840.

If school isn’t for you, that’s ok, we’ve got you covered. We have a 3-year apprentice program that requires no prior Aviation experience to enroll in. Applicants with previous experience and/or a military background may qualify for our accelerated 1-year apprenticeship program.


About C&L’s A&P Aviation Mechanic Apprenticeship Program

Apprentices benefit from the close-knit, small size of the program and the 1:1 ratio of apprentice to mentor. Throughout the program, apprentices work under a certified mechanic for both Airframe and Powerplant.

This 6,000-hour period is based on the FAA requirement of a minimum 30-month experience in Airframe and Powerplant. Applicants with documented experience from a previous job or the military may be eligible for our accelerated A&P program.

Throughout the program, apprentices will meet FAA and FAR training requirements. Upon completion of the program, apprentices will be eligible for the A&P certification test.

Program Benefits

Apprentices in our program are hired as full-time employees, receiving a regular bi-weekly paycheck and employee benefits, including:

  • Paid Time Off
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term & Short-term Disability Insurance
  • 401K Matching

No student loans are required to pay for the program.


Apprentices will complete

  • Various aircraft maintenance, repairs, and overhaul on regional aircraft
  • Scheduled inspections on airframes, engines, and landing gear
  • FAA and FAR training requirements, and
  • FAA A&P certification


Candidates for the apprenticeship program must

  • Have good mechanical aptitude and interest in using various handheld tools, either through hobby or work
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be able to read and write in English
  • Pass FAA-mandated pre-employment
  • Pass on hire and random Drug and Alcohol testing

How to Apply

To apply for C&L’s A&P Aviation Mechanic Apprenticeship Program, fill out the application form below with some basic information about yourself. You may be contacted to come in for an interview, during which you will meet the C&L mentors and training team and be asked to demonstrate mechanical aptitude.

We hire 5 apprentices each program cycle. Contact us today to learn about upcoming program availability.

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Why Choose C&L?

At C&L Aviation Group, we believe in both professional and personal growth for our employees. As an apprentice, you are more than just a pair of hands – you are an integral part of our team. You’ll receive hands-on training while working closely with an FAA-licensed A&P technicians that are experts in their fields. After completion of the program, apprentices are encouraged to continue employment with C&L.

You’ll perform aircraft maintenance at our 200,000-square-foot complex in Bangor, Maine, next to Bangor International Airport. (Looking to relocate to Bangor and want to know more about the area? Learn more here.)

C&L Aviation Group is an industry leader in servicing, maintaining, and supporting operators in the corporate and regional aviation industry. In addition to aircraft and engine sales and leasing programs, C&L offers parts support, heavy maintenance, interior refurbishment, aircraft teardown, disassembly services, and aircraft management. C&L is headquartered in Bangor, Maine, with international sales offices in Australia, Singapore, and Europe.