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Aviation Maintenance Technology

If you like airplanes and enjoy fixing things with tools, a career as an aviation technician could be a good fit.

In this program, you’ll learn to inspect, service and repair airplanes and helicopters of all sizes. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved courses provide a well-rounded education in general aviation mechanics. You’ll gain hands-on experience working with aircraft structures, engines, hydraulics, electrical wiring, flight instruments and other aviation components and systems.

As a graduate of the program, you’ll be eligible to take the FAA exam for licensure in both airframes and powerplants. Whether you want to work on single-engine airplanes or large commercial jet aircraft, this program will prepare you for a multitude of career options with major airlines, manufacturers, repair stations, structural repair facilities and other organizations in the aviation industry.

Detailed Information

You will be required to provide a basic set of hand tools for use during the program. Tools cost between $1,000 and $1,500.

  1. Demonstrate proper safety procedures while using tools and equipment
  2. Identify calibration and certification requirements, troubleshooting procedures, and remove and replace techniques for wiring systems
  3. Install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair fiber optics
  4. Explain the fundamental principles of digital electronic systems
  5. Describe, troubleshoot, and repair various avionics systems
  6. Demonstrate a logical approach to troubleshooting

This three-quarter AMT Avionics Certificate program will allow AMT students to increase their knowledge in aircraft electronics and electronic systems. Students will learn about digital electronics, communication systems, aircraft wiring, and fiber optic systems. Hands-on labs will be used to demonstrate the concepts taught in the classroom. These labs will focus on system installation, troubleshooting, and repair techniques with an emphasis on the safe use of tools and equipment. 

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Placement

Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

Plan Your Courses

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Total Program Credits: 43


Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ARCFT119
General Electricity & Electronics   1
5
ARCFT120
General Electricity & Electronics Shop   1
4
ARCFT135
Airframe & Powerplant Electrical Systems   1
5
ARCFT136
Airframe & Powerplant Electrical Systems Shop   1
5
Total Credits
 
19

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
AVIO&103
Aircraft Wiring Systems  
2
AVIO&104
Aircraft Fiber Optic Systems  
2
AVIO&201
Aircraft Digital Electronic Instrument Systems  
8
Total Credits
 
12

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
AVIO&202
Avionics Systems for Airframe and Power Plant  
8
AVIO&203
Avionics Communications  
2
AVIO&204
Principles of Avionics Troubleshooting  
2
Total Credits
 
12
1 A current FAA Airframe and/or Powerplant license can be substituted for courses: ARCFT 119, 120, 135, & 136

Estimated costs for completing this program

 
WA Resident
Non-Resident
International
Military Tuition Assistance Program
Tuition
$ 4,458
$ 5,700
$ 10,415
$ 3,509
Books
$ 702
$ 702
$ 702
$ 702
Course Fees
$ 189
$ 189
$ 189
$ 189
Institutional Fees
$ 336
$ 336
$ 336
$ 336
Total Costs
$ 5,686
$ 6,927
$ 11,643
$ 4,736

Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

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