National Credential
Credential: Aviation Structures  ICAC resource
Credentialing Agency: Certifying Technical Employee Competence (CertTEC)

The Certifying Technical Employee Competence (CertTEC), Aviation Structures is an entry-level certification for technicians who specialize in aviation structure knowledge, fabrication methods, health and safety, inspection and repair, and regulations and documentation. Applicants must meet training or experience requirements and are required to pass a certification exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Aviation Structures

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 15B Aircraft Powerplant Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15D Aircraft Powertrain Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15E Unmanned Aircraft Systems Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15F Aircraft Electrician MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15G Aircraft Structural Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15H Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15J OH-58D/Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15K Aircraft Components Repair Supervisor MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15N Avionic Mechanic MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15P Aviation Operations Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15Q Air Traffic Control (ATC) Operator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15R AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15S OH-58D Helicopter Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15T UH-60 Helicopter Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15U CH-47 Helicopter Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15Y AH-64D Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15Z Aviation Senior Sergeant MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted A9 CH-47F Helicopter/UH-60M Helicopter Qualification ASI some          
Enlisted U2 Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ASI some          
Enlisted U3 Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ASI some          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

Star Credential Star icon

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Aviation Structures

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Certifying Technical Employee Competence (CertTEC)
7099 N. Atlantic Avenue
Suite 300
Cape Canaveral, FL  32920
Phone: (321) 730-1020
Fax: (321) 890-0016
Email: information@certtec.com

Aviation Structures

Option 1: Applicant should have completed advanced training in aviation structure discipline.

Option 2: Applicant should have at least two years of work experience in the field of aviation structures.

Option 3: Applicant should be an active or veteran military personnel whose rating or assignment is or was in the aviation structure field.

Option 4: Applicant should be a college or technical school graduate with a two-year degree in engineering/technology related discipline.

Aviation Structures

  • Introduction to Aviation
    • Critical Thinking Skills
    • Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance
    • Organizational Skills
    • Quality Management Systems
    • Terminology and Acronyms
  • Shop Math
    • Application of Shop Math
  • Personal and Environmental Safety
    • Accident/Incident Reporting
    • Clean as you go
    • FOD
    • Lifting Techniques
    • Lockout/Tagout
    • MSDS’s
    • OSHA Regulations
    • PPE
    • Safe Work Habits
    • Tool and Hardware Inventory (Shadowing, Tethering, Sponge Count)
    • Work Hazards
  • Aircraft Materials and Fasteners
    • Composites Fabrication Process
    • Fasteners
    • Heat Treatment
    • Material Composition
    • Non-Metallic Materials
    • Sealing Materials
    • Sheet Metals
  • Blueprints and Manuals
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Engineering Documentation
    • Research
  • Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR’s)
    • ATA Codes
    • FAR’s
  • Documentation
    • Component Specific (including Condition)
    • Routine vs. Non-routine
    • Sign Off
    • Technical Writing
    • Work Progress/Turnover
  • Precision Measuring Equipment
    • Calibration
    • Tools and Equipment (Assemble, Fabricate, Install, Repair)
    • Torqueing Fasteners
  • Rivet Installation and Removal
    • Countersinking
    • Deburring
    • Drilling
    • Layout
    • Reaming
    • Rivet Removal
  • Fabrication
    • Fabrication Materials and Processes
    • Fabricate per Sample Part
    • Polishing
    • Tool/Equipment-Fabrication
  • Assembly
    • Assembly Fixtures
    • Assembly Procedures
    • Fitment
    • Tools and Equipment-Assembly
  • Repair
    • Corrective Action
    • Inspection/ Damage Assessment
    • Repair Procedures
    • Tools and Equipment-Repair
    • Visual Inspection

Applicants will be required to demonstrate the ability to properly apply aviation structure knowledge, fabrication methods, health and safety, inspection and repair, and regulations and documentation skills as directed by a qualified CertTEC examiner. CertTEC oral and practical exams must be taken at testing sites. The agency offers many testing locations; see the CertTEC About Certifications page for a map of testing locations.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Aviation Structures examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Aviation Structures

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Aviation Structures credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CertTEC certifications are valid for three years from issuance. To renew certification, the agency offers 3 options– the Work Verification Method, the Alternate Method that involves earning a minimum of 18 Alternate Recertification Credits (ARCs), or the Equivalent Knowledge Exam Method. Additional recertification details can be obtained from CertTEC Recertification Policy.

Aviation Structures

Additional considerations for the Aviation Structures include:

  • The CertTEC Aviation Structure certification requires a specialized testing station to evaluate candidate's oral and practical skills. 

    To find the nearest Regional Testing Center, go to "Where would I test?”

    Please do not submit a request for this certification if you are not close to these testing stations.