Finalizing an institute for higher studies is a big decision for both, you and your family. It is best to make this decision when you are in senior school, and not at the last moment. It is these 2 years that helps you to decide how your career will progress from there. There is no 'perfect' college as such, but there may be colleges with the potential to be 'perfect' for you.
However, if you have decided you want to go for Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, then we recommend you to go through the below guidelines.
- Write Down Your Criteria:
Develop a list of elements you want to use to evaluate how you want your future to be. This will help you to narrow down the list of institutions. Make a list of the pros and cons of the institutes you are considering, and rate them out of 10 against different aspects.
The most important factor is to check the affiliation of the institute. Check for the type of degree offered by the institute. Whether they will aid in the licensing process, as licensing is crucial for a good job in this field.
- Location (rural or urban):
Any AME institute located far off from the city might have restrictions in providing a good industry exposure. We recommend you look for institutes located in major cities and have a good number of Airlines, MROs, and Aircraft Maintenance companies operating in the region.
The course fee might come into your budget but also consider other expenses like accommodation, food, travelling, and other miscellaneous expenses. While making inquiries during admissions do enquire about expenses other than course fees. For example, examination charges, licensing fee etc.
Check for scholarships and financial aids. If you can avail any, you can attend the top colleges that you had set aside because you were not able to afford it.
- Faculty and Management:
Are the professors at the school renowned in their fields? Check for their industry experience as AME is more of a practical based course. Do verify qualification of the faculty.
- Student Body (gender, diversity, community):
Try to know about the student body in the institute which includes both existing students and alumni. Diversity expands world knowledge so does a multicultural educational environment. The environment in the institute must encourage intellectual engagements and group activities both in and out of the classrooms.
Any institute that provides On Job Training (OJT) must be on a higher priority. OJT gives you industry exposure even before you start working. Also, inquire about the job placements and kind of companies that come for the campus.