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Aviation Maintenance Technology

Reach new heights with training in the inspection, repair, service, and overhaul of aircraft and engines.

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Dallas King
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What is Aviation Maintenance Technology?

Expertise in the inspection, repair, service, and overhaul of aircraft and engines is the goal of this program certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Aircraft mechanics (Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics) are rigorously trained in CFR Part 147 schools. Aircraft Mechanics may also receive training in the military and have those training records, along with the experience on military aircraft, evaluated by the FAA, to determine if they are eligible for the required testing to receive their A&P license. Aviation Maintenance Technical Schools (AMTS) focus on the expertise needed to inspect, repair, service, and overhaul airframes and powerplants (engines) and the various components and systems associated with both. AMT programs focus on the standard practices utilized in the aviation industry to include interpretation of technical manuals, approved sources of data, and documentation for the approval to return to service of aircraft and associated components. In addition to technical training, important concepts such as honesty, integrity, and attention to detail are reinforced as critical aspects of aircraft mechanics and the aviation industry as a whole.

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Getting Started

What are my degree, diploma, and certificate options?

Upon completion of each curriculum in the program, graduates earn completion certificates and must sit for exams required by the FAA that include both written and oral and practical exams. Those exams are not incorporated into the program’s curriculum, giving students flexibility and the choice to schedule those where it is most appropriate for them.

Students enrolled in Jefferson’s AMT program must, to successfully pass each course, receive a grade of “C” or better for each subject taught. Courses offered under the CFR Part 147 certificate are designated with an ATE prefix and successful completion is required to sit for the FAA examinations.

How do I apply?

To enroll in Aviation Maintenance Technology, students must apply through the program’s selective admission process and demonstrate computer literacy by either taking a digital literacy course or by testing out of the course by exam. The AMT program also works with veterans who have military experience as well as individuals who have civilian aviation experience.

  1. Obtain and review the most recent revision of the Aviation Maintenance Technology Selective Admissions Document. If you are unable to get the document by filling out the form, you may obtain one by emailing Dallas King.
    • NOTE: The 2023 revision of the Aviation Maintenance Technology Selective Admissions Control Document will be available on this site on Friday August 4, 2023. 
    • You may request an Aviation Maintenance Technology Faculty Coach to assist with your application submission. The Faculty Coach can help you answer questions, provide instructions and advise as you move through the enrollment process. You may choose a faculty coach member by going to Coach Registration.
  2. You can attend group advising sessions to get basic program information, instructions, or explanations on the selective admissions process. This meeting is intended for those who need additional information to determine if the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program is right for them. This information session also introduces the Applicant to the FAA’s role in the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program, including the strict grading and attendance policies you will encounter while enrolled. Please schedule an information session to learn more about the program.
  3. You must attend a Pre-Admission Conference in the semester prior to the semester you intend to enroll. A recurring calendar is provided on page 30 of the Selective Admissions Document, and a conference registration link is provided below.

Conference Registration

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Length of Program

Students in the AMT Program may elect to only earn the completion certificates that allow them to sit for the General, Airframe, and Powerplant exams required by the FAA. Certificates are earned as the student progresses through the program, but the complete program, when taking 12 to 15 hours each semester, is designed to take four semesters, or two years.

Students may choose to earn an associate degree, AAS (Associate of Applied Science) in Aviation Maintenance Technology. This option requires basic General Education courses but can still be accomplished in four semesters by increasing the course load and maintaining a full-time schedule. Students may elect to take the additional General Education courses before entering the AMT program while in the selective admissions process, or after graduation from the core technical courses required for the A&P license.

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.

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