I’ve been reading this forum for weeks now and thought I’d post for advice regarding my possible career change.
I’m 30 years old, and am currently an Aircraft Mechanic working for a major airline (United).
I really do love my job as a mechanic and the company I work for, but like everyone else here, my dream was and is to be a commercial pilot flying for a major airline. (possibly the one I already work for, they are great! :D)
I chose to be an A&P Mechanic since it was the middle line between my financial reality and my dream of being a pilot. I just had to choose a career path that was aviation related and being an Aircraft Mechanic was my second choice, and I never have regretted my choice since I made it.
Just like Pilots, I did my time at a regional and made my way to my dream major where my career is pretty much set for the rest of my life. (I still consider myself lucky to be where I am at).
But, the more I work on those beautiful aircraft, the more I wish to be a pilot.
I thought about going to ATP while working, but that idea seems impossible according to the comments I read on this forum. So here I am, wondering if anyone here’s been in the similar situation or know someone that has been. Or just any advice regarding my situation. Few questions in my minds are,
Do you think it’s a good idea to leave the company I work for to go to ATP in order to finish the Training faster? Or staying with the company as long as I can and go for the slower paced route (Considering my age too).
If I choose to leave my current position as a Mechanic at a major airline and attend ATP and be a pilot, will my past mechanic experience help me come back to a major airline later on? As for mechanics, I personally know a person that has been with a company in other work area who studied and got A&P and was given like a priority at hiring to continue working for the same company as a mechanic. Is there a similar thing for the Pilots too? (Of course, after building hours that is…)
Any other options other than ATP or modular route to be a pilot (maybe a program from heaven where mechanics are taught to be pilots? ).
I understand that I’ll need to take the medical exam and the intro flight first before making any decisions, but I thought I’d ask and listen to advice from actual professionals. I truly wish to stay with the company I love to work for, but at the same time, I can’t stop thinking about my dream of being a pilot.
Thanks for reading and all replies would really be appreciated!