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Mechanic Helper Education Program (MHEP)

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Welcome to the Mechanic Helper Education Program!  In coordination with the Alaska Air Carriers Association, UAA has developed this series of subject specific online courses designed to provide the knowledge directly associated with the tasks aircraft mechanics perform while gaining the experience required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to become eligible to test for their FAA Mechanic Certificate with an Airframe and/or Powerplant (A&P) rating.  

The Mechanic Helper Education Program (MHEP) is separate from UAA's Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technology Program.  It is an online/self-paced program with no prerequisites or requirements to enroll and is primarily designed to be an academic resource for individuals working toward FAA A&P Mechanic certification through on-the-job training.  Please see FAA Experience Requirements to Become an Aircraft Mechanic for additional information and contact the MHEP Program Manager, Wade Weiss, for a presentation that will assist in preparing the request for authorization to test. 

Each course provides information on principles, fundamentals and technical procedures in specific subject areas and is intended to help develop a greater understanding of the skills mechanics are gaining through employment/personal aircraft maintenance experience.  Content for each course follows the applicable FAA-H-8083-XX Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook series which is available for free online here.


  • List of Courses Available

    Course Options

    Aircraft Weight & Balance (3 hours)

    Mathematics in Aviation Maintenance (1 Hour)

    Regulations, Maintenance Forms, Records, and Publications (2 Hours)

    Physics for Aviation (2 Hours)

    Physics - Aircraft Theory of Flight (1 Hour)

    Physics - Helicopter Aerodynamics (1 Hour)

    Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics (3 Hours)

    Aircraft Landing Gear Systems (2 Hours)

    Fluid Lines and Fittings (1 Hour)

    Aircraft Welding (2 Hours)

    Aircraft Materials, Hardware, and Processes (2 hours)

    Aircraft Materials, Hardware, and Processes - Safety Wire (1 hour)

    Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics - Intro to AC (3 hours)

    Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics - AC/DC Power Generation (3 hours)

    Human Factors (2 hours)


    Ice and Rain Protection (2 Hours)

    Hand Tools and Measuring Devices  (1 Hour)

    Fundamentals of Aircraft Reciprocating Engines  (2 Hours)

    Fundamentals of Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines (2 hours)

    Safety, Ground Operations, and Servicing  (2 hours)

    Propellers  (3 Hours)

    Aircraft Landing Gear Systems - Wheels, Brakes and Tires (3 Hours)

    Cleaning and Corrosion Control (1 Hour)

    Inspection Concepts and Techniques (2 Hours)

    Inspection Concepts and Techniques - NDI/NDT (1 Hour)

    Aircraft Materials, Hardware, and Processes - Hardware (2 hours)

    Mechanic Privileges & Limitations (1 hour)

    Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics - Special Components (2 hours)

    Aircraft Drawing (1 hour)

    Hours listed for each module indicate estimated time to completion.  Introductory pricing for modules in this program is based on estimated hours of completion, at a rate of $25 per hour.  

If you need assistance with the registration process, please contact Wade Weiss at  


Because some of the presentation files are fairly large, it is recommended that high speed/broadband internet connection be used when available.  See UAA's online class technology requirements for more information.