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Aviation Maintenance Technology


Programs in aviation maintenance technology prepare people to repair and maintain airplanes and helicopters.

Programs in aviation maintenance technology teach people to repair and maintain airplanes and helicopter operating systems. Students learn to repair and maintain engines. They also learn how to service ignition systems and electronic instruments. They learn to build and repair frames and fittings.

Aviation maintenance technology programs include topics such as:


In aviation maintenance technology programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in aviation maintenance technology. A certificate program usually takes six months to one year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in aviation and maintenance technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

Proprietary schools, colleges, and universities all offer this program. If you want to study at a proprietary school, you can prepare for this program of study by completing your high school diploma or getting a GED. If you want to study at a college or university, you can prepare for this program by taking the following courses: four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

A certificate program for both airframe and powerplant typically includes courses in the following subjects:

A certificate program in avionics technology typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

To become a licensed aviation maintenance technician, students need to complete a training program approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Most approved programs lead to an associate or bachelor's degree.

With experience and authorization from the FAA, you can work as an inspector.

If you want to work in avionics, it helps to get a general radiotelephone operator license issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). You need to pass an exam to get it.

Some employers will pay for classes required by the FAA to maintain certification.


East Side Area

Big Bend Community College

Wenatchee Valley College

King-Snohomish Area

Edmonds Community College

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Everett

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Renton

Everett Community College

North Seattle College

South Seattle College

Kitsap Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Whidbey Island

Spokane Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Fairchild AFB

Spokane Community College

Tacoma Area

Clover Park Technical College (South Hill Campus)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Joint Base Lewis-McChord

West Side Area

Skagit Valley College