Aviation Maintenance Technician Degree

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This FAA-approved program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the aircraft maintenance industry.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAT or AAS-T Degree

Approx. # of Quarters: 8

Estimated Cost: $14,161.72

Admission Dates: Fall and spring quarters

Graduates will meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for the issuance of airframe and powerplant certificates. Aviation maintenance technicians are qualified to perform service or make repairs on all types and sizes of private and commercial aircraft, including airplanes and helicopters and their propulsion systems. Related fields include aircraft and component manufacturing. Students are eligible for FAA certification upon completion of required technical credits.

Future employment may include positions with major and regional airlines, aircraft and rotorcraft repair and maintenance facilities, airline and corporate jet refurbishing repair stations, and aircraft and component manufacturing.

Courses are offered at the South Hill Campus in Puyallup.

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two degree options in this program are the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) or the Associate in Applied Science–T (AAS-T) the different requirements for each degree are listed below:

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (15 credits)

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition or CMST& 220 (or higher)
  • MAT 105 Math for Industrial Professions (or higher)
  • PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (PSY 112DIV, SOC& 101DIV, or other humanities course that meets the diversity requirement)

AAS-T Degree general education requirements (20 credits):

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:

  • 5 credits in communication: ENGL& 101
  • 5 credits in quantitative reasoning: MAT 110, MATH& 141, MATH& 142, MATH& 146 or MATH& 151
  • 5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement (PSYC& 100DIV or SOC& 101DIV)
  • 5 credits in social science, humanities, or science (choose one from the following): PSYC& 100DIV, PSYC& 200, PSY 210, PSYC& 220, SOC& 101, ART& 100, MUSC& 105, ASL& 121, BIOL 118, BIOL& 160, BIOL& 175, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, CHEM& 121, CHEM& 110, GEOL& 110, PHYS& 114, ECON 101, ECON& 201 or ECON& 202

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all College degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.

Note: AMT 142, AMT 239, and the general education courses are required by the college for completion of the Associate of Applied Technology degree, but are not subject to approval by the FAA. Graduates must meet FAA literacy requirements and complete technical credits for FAA certification.

Employability Requirement: Graduates must meet Federal Aviation Administration certification exams and pass literacy requirements.

Program Length: This program is approximately eight quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates: Fall and spring quarters.

Prerequisites: None.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
AMT 104 Basic Mathematics, Basic Physics, and Weight & Balance 5
AMT 109 Basic Electricity 4
AMT 116 Aircraft Drawings, Cleaning & Corrosion Control, Ground Operations & Servicing, & Fluid Lines & Fittings 5
AMT 119 Materials & Processes 5
AMT 125 Advanced Electricity 4
AMT 127 Maintenance Forms & Records, Publications, & Mechanics, Privileges & Limitations 4
AMT 131 Wood Structures, Coverings, & Aircraft Finishes 3
AMT 133 Aircraft Fuel Systems, Ice & Rain Control Systems, & Fire Protection Systems 4
AMT 135 Sheet Metal Structures 4
AMT 136 Welding, Position & Warning Systems 3
AMT 137 Non-metallic Structures 4
AMT 138 Aircraft Inspections 4
AMT 139 Assembly & Rigging 4
AMT 140 Aircraft Landing Gear 3
AMT 141 Hydraulic & Pneumatic Power Systems 3
AMT 142 Hangar Operations & Maintenance 3
AMT 143 Airframe Electrical Systems 5
AMT 144 Engine Electrical Systems 5
AMT 145 Cabin Atmosphere Control Systems 3
AMT 146 Aircraft Instrument, Communication, & Navigation Systems 3
AMT 208 Helicopter Operations & Maintenance Practices 4
AMT 210 Basic Rotor Systems Maintenance & Repair 4
AMT 212 Advanced Rotor Systems Maintenance & Repair 4
AMT 215 Helicopter Systems 4
AMT 217 FAA Testing & Turbine Engines 7
AMT 219 Engine Lubrication Systems 4
AMT 221 Engine Instrument Systems 4
AMT 224 Powerplant Reciprocating Engine Theory 6
AMT 225 Powerplant Maintenance & Operation 6
AMT 226 Engine Fuel System & Fire Protection 1
AMT 228 Engine Fuel Metering Systems 5
AMT 229CAP Propellers & FAA Final Testing 4
AMT 231 Engine Inspection 4
AMT 233 Engine Ignition & Starting Systems 4
AMT 235 Induction, Airflow, Cooling, & Exhaust Systems 3
AMT 239 Advanced Hangar Operations & Maintenance 3
  Technical Course Requirements (Total) 145
  General Education Requirements (See listing above) 15
  Computer Literacy Requirement
Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam.
  Total Credits for Completion of AAT Degree 163

AAS-T Program Requirements

Technical Course Requirements (Same as AAT)   145
General Education Requirements (See listing above)   20
Computer Literacy Requirement Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam 3
Total Credits for Completion of AAS-T Degree   168
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