Academic Catalog

Airframe Maintenance Technician Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 5 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
None.

This FAA-approved program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the aircraft maintenance industry. Graduates will meet FAA requirements for the issuance of an airframe certificate. 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. Related fields include aircraft and component manufacturing. Students are eligible for FAA certification upon completion of required technical credits.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

Note: Graduates must meet FAA literacy requirements and complete technical credits for FAA certification.

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

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
AMT 104Basic Mathematics, Basic Physics, and Weight & Balance5
AMT 109Basic Electricity4
AMT 116Aircraft Drawings, Cleaning & Corrosion Control, Ground Operations & Servicing, and Fluid Lines & Fittings5
AMT 119Materials & Processes5
AMT 125Advanced Electricity4
AMT 127Maintenance Forms & Records, Publications, and Mechanics Privileges & Limitations4
AMT 132Wood Structures, Aircraft Coverings, & Finishes4
AMT 133Aircraft Fuel Systems, Ice & Rain Control Systems, & Fire Protection Systems4
AMT 135Sheet Metal Structures4
AMT 136Welding, Position & Warning Systems3
AMT 137Non-Metallic Structures4
AMT 138Aircraft Inspections4
AMT 139Assembly & Rigging4
AMT 140Aircraft Landing Gear3
AMT 141Hydraulic & Pneumatic Power Systems3
AMT 142Hangar Operations & Maintenance3
AMT 143Airframe Electrical Systems5
AMT 145Cabin Atmosphere Control Systems3
AMT 146Aircraft Instrument, Communication & Navigation Systems3
AMT 208Helicopter Operations & Maintenance Practices4
AMT 210Basic Rotor Systems Maintenance & Repair4
AMT 212Advanced Rotor Systems Maintenance & Repair4
AMT 215Helicopter Systems4
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
 Technical Credits105

Basic Mathematics, Basic Physics, and Weight & Balance

Item #
AMT 104
Total Credits
5

Perform all of the mathematical computations required in the Aviation Maintenance Technician curriculum. Understand the scientific principles that apply to the operation of aircraft, engines and the equipment that aviation maintenance technicians are in daily contact with. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the importance of weight and balance to aircraft safety, and make all of the required calculations for weight and balance checks, equipment changes, extreme loading checks, and the addition of ballast.

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Basic Electricity

Item #
AMT 109
Total Credits
4

Covers direct-current circuits, series, and parallel-circuit arrangements and their application. Includes the relationship between voltage, current, resistance and power. Students will calculate and measure these values and understand the operation of the multimeter and its use in troubleshooting. 

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

Item #
AMT 116
Total Credits
5

Sketch aircraft repairs and alterations and understand information presented on typical aircraft blueprints, graphs and charts. Recognize types of corrosion and know their causes, identify and use the proper materials and processes to remove corrosion byproducts, treat corroded areas, and apply proper protection. Gain a thorough understanding of the importance of safe ground handling procedures, aircraft movement, and storage, and identify aviation fuels. Identify fluid line components, fabricate rigid and flexible fluid lines, and properly install fluid lines on aircraft.

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Materials & Processes

Item #
AMT 119
Total Credits
5

Learn about identification and selection of non-destructive testing methods, dye-penetrant, eddy current, ultra-sound, and magnetic particle inspections, as well as basic heat-treated processes, aircraft hardware and materials. Inspect and check welds. Perform precision measurements. 

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Advanced Electricity

Item #
AMT 125
Total Credits
4

Understand the effect of resistance, capacitance, and inductance in AC circuits, and understand transformers. Learn about basic semi-conductor devices (diodes and transistors), and be able to explain their function in simple circuits.

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

Item #
AMT 127
Total Credits
4

Use maintenance records and entries, maintenance forms, and inspection reports. Requires reading, comprehension, and application of information from the FAA and manufacturer’s maintenance specifications, data sheets, manuals, publications, related FAA regulations, airworthiness directives, and advisory material. Apply mechanic privileges within the limitations prescribed by FAR Part 65. 

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Wood Structures, Aircraft Coverings, & Finishes

Item #
AMT 132
Total Credits
4

Covers wood aircraft construction, repair and inspection. Students will select, apply, inspect, test, and repair aircraft fabric and fiberglass covering materials. Become familiar with types of aircraft protective coatings, trim applications, markings, finish problems, and the inspection of finishes. 

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

Item #
AMT 133
Total Credits
4

Covers principles of operation and configuration of warning systems, electrical brake controls, anti-skid systems, and landing gear position indicating and warning systems. Learn the effects of ice and rain on aircraft during operations in inclement weather, the equipment and materials used to counter ice and rain, and the maintenance of this equipment. Explore components and operation of fire detection and extinguishing equipment, as well as smoke- and toxic-gas detection systems. 

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Sheet Metal Structures

Item #
AMT 135
Total Credits
4

Inspection and repair of all types of sheet metal. Information regarding the fabrication, construction and repair of sheet-metal aircraft structures. 

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Welding, Position & Warning Systems

Item #
AMT 136
Total Credits
3

Principles regarding the fabrication, construction and repair of welded aircraft structures. Principles of operation of speed and configuration warning systems, electrical brake controls, anti-skid systems, and landing-gear position indicating and warning systems. 

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Non-Metallic Structures

Item #
AMT 137
Total Credits
4

Covers inspection and repair of all types of non-metallic and composite structures, including transparent plastic enclosures and interiors. 

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Aircraft Inspections

Item #
AMT 138
Total Credits
4

Lecture, demonstration and practical application are used to train students in the methods and techniques of all phases of aircraft inspections, federal aviation regulations, maintenance record entries and disposition of those records.

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Assembly & Rigging

Item #
AMT 139
Total Credits
4

Covers basic information regarding the assembly of aircraft, components, rigging of all flight control surfaces, balancing and inspection of flight controls, alignment of aircraft structures and jacking of aircraft.

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Aircraft Landing Gear

Item #
AMT 140
Total Credits
3

Inspect, check, service and repair landing gear retraction systems, shock struts, brakes, wheels, tires and steering systems. 

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Hydraulic & Pneumatic Power Systems

Item #
AMT 141
Total Credits
3

Inspect, check, service, troubleshoot and repair hydraulic and pneumatic power systems and components. Identify and select hydraulic fluids. 

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Hangar Operations & Maintenance

Item #
AMT 142
Total Credits
3

Perform maintenance on items of shop equipment used in the day-to-day operation of the aircraft maintenance hangar, calibrate precision tools as needed, and assist in repair station operations. Note: Offered winter quarter. Not FAA approved.

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Airframe Electrical Systems

Item #
AMT 143
Total Credits
5

Learn about operation of AC and DC electrical systems used on large and small aircraft, generating and starting systems, AC and DC electric motors, wiring, controls, switches, indicators, and protective devices, and constant speed and integrated drive generators. 

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Cabin Atmosphere Control Systems

Item #
AMT 145
Total Credits
3

Physiological aspects of flight. Inspection and maintenance of oxygen, pressurization, heating, cooling and air-conditioning systems. 

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Aircraft Instrument, Communication & Navigation Systems

Item #
AMT 146
Total Credits
3

Learn principles of operation of common aircraft instruments, air or vacuum driven gyros, pilot-static systems, and static system leak tests. Gain operating principles of common avionics equipment, antennas, autopilots, servos, approach coupling systems, interphones, static discharge devices and ground proximity warning systems. Inspect and repair antennas and electronic equipment. 

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Helicopter Operations & Maintenance Practices

Item #
AMT 208
Total Credits
4

Covers history, operations, regulations, publications, records, special-use equipment and basic maintenance fundamentals as they relate to rotorcraft.

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Basic Rotor Systems Maintenance & Repair

Item #
AMT 210
Total Credits
4

Covers history of rotorcraft and principles of flight, types and function of rotor systems, overhaul of rotor hub assemblies, installation and static balancing of rotors, types and function of anti-torque control systems, and inspection of rotor blades using manufacturer’s data. 

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Advanced Rotor Systems Maintenance & Repair

Item #
AMT 212
Total Credits
4

Covers vibration analysis, installation and dynamic balancing of rotor systems, tracking of helicopter rotor blades, principles of helicopter autorotation and adjustment of autorotation RPM for power-off operations. 

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Helicopter Systems

Item #
AMT 215
Total Credits
4

Covers helicopter power plants and controls; fuel systems, turbine fuels, and fuel system components; oil systems and types of oils; mechanical drives, clutches, drive shafts, freewheeling units, and transmissions; flight controls, hydraulic, and instrument systems; rotor rpm, engine out, and master caution and warning systems; electrical systems, NiCad batteries, and starter generators; fuselage structures; and landing gear. 

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English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking

Total Credits
5
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Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
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General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)

Total Credits
5
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This page was last updated on July 23, 2015.