Aviation Maintenance Technician Associate of Applied Technology Degree / Associate in Applied Science – T Degree

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

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Aviation Maintenance Technician degree, students will be able to:

  • Interpret a variety of Federal Aviation Regulations used in the aerospace industry.
  • Identify a variety of airframe and powerplant systems and components found on general and commuter airline aircraft.
  • Practice safety with aviation equipment, special tooling, and human factors training.
  • Create troubleshooting techniques for airframe and powerplant systems based on symptoms analysis.
  • Perform maintenance, alterations, and inspections on aircraft propellers and procedures for approving them for return to service.
  • Employ expanded rotary wing maintenance training as an integral part of the Aviation Maintenance Technician program.

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

None.

Program Course List

AMT 104Basic Mathematics, Basic Physics, and Weight & Balance

5

AMT 109Basic Electricity

4

AMT 116Aircraft Drawings, Cleaning & Corrosion Control, Ground Operations & Servicing, and Fluid Lines & Fittings

5

AMT 119Materials & Processes

5

AMT 125Advanced Electricity

4

AMT 127Maintenance Forms & Records, Publications, and Mechanics Privileges & Limitations

4

AMT 132Wood Structures, Aircraft Coverings, & Finishes

4

AMT 133Aircraft Fuel Systems, Ice & Rain Control Systems, & Fire Protection Systems

4

AMT 135Sheet Metal Structures

4

AMT 136Welding, Position & Warning Systems

3

AMT 137Non-Metallic Structures

4

AMT 138Aircraft Inspections

4

AMT 139Assembly & Rigging

4

AMT 140Aircraft Landing Gear

3

AMT 141Hydraulic & Pneumatic Power Systems

3

AMT 142Hangar Operations & Maintenance

3

AMT 143Airframe Electrical Systems

5

AMT 144Engine Electrical Systems

5

AMT 145Cabin Atmosphere Control Systems

3

AMT 146Aircraft Instrument, Communication & Navigation Systems

3

AMT 208Helicopter Operations & Maintenance Practices

4

AMT 210Basic Rotor Systems Maintenance & Repair

4

AMT 212Advanced Rotor Systems Maintenance & Repair

4

AMT 215Helicopter Systems

4

AMT 217FAA Testing & Turbine Engines

7

AMT 219Engine Lubrication Systems

4

AMT 221Engine Instrument Systems

4

AMT 224Powerplant Reciprocating Engine Theory

6

AMT 225Powerplant Maintenance & Operation

6

AMT 226Engine Fuel System & Fire Protection

1

AMT 228Engine Fuel Metering Systems

5

AMT 229CAPPropellers & FAA Final Testing

4

AMT 231Engine Inspection

4

AMT 233Engine Ignition & Starting Systems

4

AMT 235Induction, Airflow, Cooling & Exhaust Systems

3

AMT 239Advanced Hangar Operations & Maintenance

3

Total Credit Hours:146

AAT Requirements

Technical Course Requirements

146

AAT General Education Requirements

18

Computer Literacy

3

Total Credit Hours:167

AAT General Education Requirements: See list above

Computer Literacy Requirements: Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam

AAS-T Requirements

Technical Course Requirements

146

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

23

Computer Literacy Requirement

3

Total Credit Hours:172

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements: See list above

Computer Literacy Requirements: Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam

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.

General Degree Requirements

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain.

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (18 credits)

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

Or

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

 

Any 100-Level Math Class

5

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

COLL 102College Success for All

3

Note: CMST 220 or higher

PSYC 100DIV: PSY 112DIV, SOC& 101DIV, or other social science or humanities course that meets the diversity requirement

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements (23 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& 101English Composition I

5

5 credits in quantitative reasoning:

MATH& 107Math in Society

5

MATH& 141Precalculus I

5

MATH& 142Precalculus II, Functional Trigonometry

5

MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics

5

MATH& 151Calculus I

5

5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement:

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

5 credits in social science, humanities, or science;

Choose one from the following:

ART& 100Art Appreciation

5

ASL& 121American Sign Language I

5

ASL& 122American Sign Language II

5

BIOL& 160General Biology w/Lab

5

BIOL& 175Human Biology w/Lab

5

BIOL& 241Human A & P I

5

BIOL& 242Human A & P II

5

BIOL& 260Microbiology

5

CHEM& 110Chemical Concepts w/Lab

5

CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry

5

CHEM& 131Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry

5

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

GEOL& 110Environmental Geology with Lab

5

HIST& 146US History I

5

HIST& 147US History II

5

HIST& 148US History III

5

HUM& 101Introduction to Humanities

5

MUSC& 105Music Appreciation

5

PHYS& 114General Physics I with Lab

5

POLS& 202American Government

5

PSYC& 100

5

PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology

5

PSYC& 220Abnormal Psychology

5

SOC& 101

5

3 credits in College Success:

COLL 102College Success for All

3

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.

Employability Requirements

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.