A Day in The Life of a LIFT AMT Apprentice

It’s a new year, and for us, that means we are welcoming new flight students and new aviation maintenance technician (AMT) apprentices as well! As our first class of AMT apprentices approach their graduation from the program, we are hiring new AMT apprentices at LIFT.

Our AMT apprenticeship program offers the opportunity for our apprentices to earn money while they receive hands-on training to prepare them for the Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) tests to become certificated Aviation Maintenance Technicians (certificated AMTs), and once they pass, to pursue a career as an AMT. The demand for aviation maintenance continues to be sky high! That’s why LIFT seeks individuals who are mechanically inclined to train for this rewarding career. If you’re a high school graduate or seeking a new rewarding, skilled job opportunity, consider this hands-on, exciting opportunity.

Our apprentices train and complete all maintenance work under the supervision of licensed AMTs, learning from the best in the industry on some of the most technologically advanced aircraft in both training and airline environments.

Thinking about applying to join our apprenticeship program? One of our AMT apprentices, Christy, shares what your day to day could look like in LIFT’s AMT apprenticeship program, spending your day around aircraft and talented aviation professionals in our hangar.

LIFT AMT Apprentices Christy Vasquez Perez and Kevin Kelly.

5:30 a.m. – Arrive to work

5:30 – 7:00 a.m. – Work with LIFT students and instructors to de-ice the aircraft for their flights

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. – Clean airplanes to keep the fleet looking sharp

8:15  – 11:00 a.m. – Work on an airplane with an engine control unit (ECU) A failure (an ECU A failure is an error message on the engine control unit that is evaluated by the LIFT Maintenance team with an instrument to determine the issue that is prompting the failure message)

11:00  – 11:30 a.m. – Lunch break

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Change tires on an airplane

12:15  – 12:45 p.m. – Check tire pressure on an airplane and add air to the tires

12:15  – 4:00 p.m. – Complete 100- and 200-hour engine inspections. This includes:

  • Changing engine oil and filter and inspecting filter for metal particles
  • Draining gearbox oil and inspecting the oil for metal shavings and particles
  • Adding new engine oil
  • Adding coolant and pressurizing the coolant system, checking for leaks of coolant lines
  • Changing the engine air filter
  • Checking for proper operation of the waste gate actuator (make sure it opens at the right pressure)
  • Inspecting the entire engine for oil leaks, coolant leaks, torn hoses or fuel lines, etc.
  • Cleaning engine after everything was completed on the engine
  • Turning airplane on and run the engine to make sure there aren’t any leaks

4:00 p.m. – Clock out for the day

If pursuing a career as an AMT interests you, reach out to our admissions team at explore@flywithlift.com or 317-471-2200! With the high demand for technicians, there is no better time to jumpstart your career in aviation, and to earn while you learn at LIFT is one of the best opportunities in the industry to become a licensed AMT.

LIFT Academy Apprentices