What is Aviation Maintenance Technology?
With the rapid growth and technology advancements in the aviation field, there is a huge demand for certified Aviation Maintenance Technicians. These individuals perform a variety of duties to repair and maintain our nation’s aircraft. Aviation Maintenance Technicians are responsible for maintaining this vital means of transportation. Somerset Community College offers a two-year degree or diploma program in Aviation Maintenance Technology.
The AMT program is an FAA-approved program designed to provide students with a working
knowledge in the two major areas of airframe and power plant. Students will gain the
skills needed to inspect, service, and repair airframes and airframe power plants,
including reciprocating and turbine engines and their associated accessories. The
facility is located adjacent to the Somerset/Pulaski County Airport, providing students
with actual hands-on experiences in an airport environment.
Graduates of the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program are capable of inspecting and repairing any aircraft to assure safe operations. This capability demands a thorough understanding of all the components of an aircraft and of the functioning relationships of one component to another. With air safety ultimately dependent upon the skills and integrity of the maintenance staff, students in our Aviation Maintenance program are taught to perform to a no-fault level and assume accountability for all tasks undertaken.
Graduates of the program meet eligibility requirements to take Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification examinations for both Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic ratings.
What are my career choices?
Surveys and studies conducted by the FAA, General Aviation manufacturers Association (FAMA), Future Aviation Professionals Association (FAPA), and Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) have projected a shortage of trained technicians during the next decade. This program is designed to provide students with a working knowledge in the two major areas of airframe and power plant. Students will gain the skills needed to inspect, service, and repair airframes and airframe power plants, including reciprocating and turbine engines and their associated accessories.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
- Airframe Maintenance Technician (37-46 credit hours)
- Power Plant Maintenance Technician (37-46 credit hours)
- Airframe and Power Plant Maintenance Technician (76 credit hours)
- Aviation Maintenance Technology (76 credit hours)
Computer Literacy must be demonstrated either by competency exam or by completing a computer literacy course prior to completion of the AMT program.
Credit for Military Veterans
Pending department review and approval, students who have completed military technical training recognized by the FAA may receive credit for up to three semesters toward the Aviation Maintenance Technology AAS Degree.
The facility is located adjacent to the Somerset/Pulaski County Airport, providing students with actual hands-on experiences in an airport environment.
Gainful Employment Information
- Airframe & Powerplant Maintenance Diploma
- Airframe Maintenance Technician Certificate
- Powerplant Maintenance Technician Certificate
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.