Academic Catalog

Aviation Maintenance Technician AAT and AAS-T Degrees

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 8 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 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.

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

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.

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. 

Employability Requirements

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

Degree 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 144Engine 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
AMT 217FAA Testing & Turbine Engines7
AMT 219Engine Lubrication Systems4
AMT 221Engine Instrument Systems4
AMT 224Powerplant Reciprocating Engine Theory6
AMT 225Powerplant Maintenance & Operation6
AMT 226Engine Fuel System & Fire Protection1
AMT 228Engine Fuel & Metering Systems5
AMT 229CAPPropellers & FAA Final Testing4
AMT 231Engine Inspection4
AMT 233Engine Ignition & Starting Systems4
AMT 235Induction, Airflow, Cooling & Exhaust Systems3
AMT 239Advanced Hangar Operations & Maintenance3
 Technical Credits146

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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Engine Electrical Systems

Item #
AMT 144
Total Credits
5

Develop an understanding of the operation of generators, alternators, DC motors, and AC motors, and their repair and overhaul. Learn the special requirements of electrical components operating in high-temperature areas and how to install wiring, controls, switches, and indicators, and to protect them from the effects of high temperatures. 

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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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FAA Testing & Turbine Engines

Item #
AMT 217
Total Credits
7

Covers preparation for and completion of FAA certification examinations. FAA written examinations are accomplished outside of CPTC at an FAA Designated Written Examination Center. After successful completion of written examinations, students must pass an oral and practical examination administered by an FAA Designated Maintenance Examiner. Students are charged a fee for these examinations. Note: Fees for these examinations are not included in the college tuition or lab fees. The remaining 120 hours of training concentrate on turbine engines, including their history, different types, the theory of operation of turbine engines, the Brayton cycle, Bernoulli’s theory, and turbine engine air-flow characteristics. Learn the theory of operation of different types of compressors, combustion chambers, turbines and turbine stator vanes (nozzles). Learn the exhaust sections maintenance of turbine engines, including turbine engine removal, overhaul, inspection, and repair procedures. Learn to install turbine engines; make adjustments; troubleshoot; test and check run procedures; and become familiar with regulations, publications, and records for turbine engines.

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Engine Lubrication Systems

Item #
AMT 219
Total Credits
4

Covers the components and the operation of engine lubrication systems. Introduction to the requirements and characteristics of engine lubricants and lubrication systems. 

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Engine Instrument Systems

Item #
AMT 221
Total Credits
4

Covers the theory and principles of operation of electrical and mechanical fluid rate of flow indicating systems. Covers electrical and mechanical temperature, pressure and RPM-indicating systems. 

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Powerplant Reciprocating Engine Theory

Item #
AMT 224
Total Credits
6

Covers the history of aircraft engines, principles of energy transformation, theory of operation, engine requirements and configuration, and overhaul of horizontally opposed engines. 

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Powerplant Maintenance & Operation

Item #
AMT 225
Total Credits
6

Powerplant maintenance and operation consists of theory of operation; engine requirements, configuration and installation; and troubleshooting and removal of horizontally opposed engines.

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Engine Fuel System & Fire Protection

Item #
AMT 226
Total Credits
1

Fuel systems and fire protection consists of transformation of energy, chemistry of combustion, and thermal efficiency of fuel-air mixtures. Fire protection covers the components and the operation of fire-detection and extinguishing equipment. 

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Engine Fuel & Metering Systems

Item #
AMT 228
Total Credits
5

Fuel metering consists of the principles of fuel metering for float carbs, pressure carb, fuel injection, anti-detonation injection, turbine fuel controls and electronic engine-fuel controls. 

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Propellers & FAA Final Testing

Item #
AMT 229CAP
Total Credits
4

Consists of the theory of operation and nomenclature; propeller controls and instrumentation; fixed pitch, controllable pitch, constant speed, and feathering propellers; governors, anti-ice, phasing, and synchronization systems; and inspection, maintenance, and repairs to propellers and related systems, including familiarization with unducted fan engines. At the end of the course six hours are devoted to preparation for FAA certification examinations. FAA written examinations are taken at an FAA Designated Written Examination Center. After successful completion of written examinations, students must pass an Oral and Practical Examination administered by an FAA Designated Mechanics Examiner. Students are charged a fee for these examinations administered by FAA designated examiners and centers. Fees for theses examinations are not included in the college tuition or lab fees systems.

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Engine Inspection

Item #
AMT 231
Total Credits
4

Engine inspection consists of detailed work with FAA regulations, types of inspections, conformance to type certificate data sheets and major alterations, airworthiness directives, and maintenance record entries. 

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Engine Ignition & Starting Systems

Item #
AMT 233
Total Credits
4

Covers the operation, maintenance, and overhaul of magnetos and ignition; harnesses; the inspection, servicing, troubleshooting, and repair of reciprocating and turbine engine ignition system; and components and turbine engine electrical and pneumatic starting systems. 

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Induction, Airflow, Cooling & Exhaust Systems

Item #
AMT 235
Total Credits
3

Learn about the maintenance of carburetors and fuel-injected, naturally aspirated, turbo-charged and super-charged induction systems. Learn about maintenance of ice and rain control systems as well as principles of air-cooled engines and problems that can occur with an air-cooled engine. Study the history, development and function of exhaust systems. Students will describe, inspect, maintain, troubleshoot and repair components of exhaust systems. Learn operation principles of turbine-engine reversing systems and power recovery turbines. 

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Advanced Hangar Operations & Maintenance

Item #
AMT 239
Total Credits
3

Advanced hangar operations and maintenance is designed for students currently enrolled in the helicopter and powerplant classes. It includes servicing and repair of shop equipment, calibration of precision tools and assisting in the repair station operations. Note: This course work is only offered winter quarter. This class is not FAA approved.

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AAT Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements146
AAT General Education Requirements15
Computer Literacy Requirements3
 Total Credits164

AAT General Education Requirements

Total Credits
15
To receive an AAT degree students must meet the following requirements
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Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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AAS-T Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements146
AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements20
Computer Literacy Requirements3
 Total Credits169

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

Total Credits
20
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:
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Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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This page was last updated on July 27, 2015.