Associate of Applied Science: Aviation Maintenance Technology 

AAS Degree: 108 credits. Advising Guide

Career Description

The Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Associate of Applied Science (AAS) prepares students to test for the Federal Aviation Administration A&P (Airframe and Powerplant) mechanic license. Students with an FAA A&P license may find employment as mechanics in the aviation industry with commercial airlines or at small regional airports. According to Boeing's Pilot & Technician Outlook report for the period of 2019-2038, 769,000 new maintenance technicians will be needed globally over the next 20 years and 193,000 within the U.S. alone. Currently, the number of mechanics retiring will outpace those entering the profession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics and Oregon Employment Department estimate current Oregon Aviation Maintenance jobs to be approximately 1,440 with a projected increase of 13% over the next eight years.

Course of Study

The Aviation Maintenance Technology AAS degree prepares students in the same FAA required skills as the Aviation Maintenance Technology two-year certificate. The AAS's additional 12 credits of general education courses strengthen students' options for transfer to four-year universities, where they may continue their education by earning a Bachelor’s or even Master’s degree and gain a competitive advantage in the aviation industry workforce. The Aviation Airframe, Aviation Powerplant and Aviation Maintenance Technology certificates are fully contained in the Aviation Maintenance Technology AAS degree and, as such, all coursework in these certificates may be applied to the completion of the AAS degree. Stackable certificates allow students to apply to take the FAA's General, Airframe and Powerplant licensure exams as each area of coursework is completed.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this degree will be able to:

  1. Service, maintain, troubleshoot and repair airplanes and rotorcraft.
  2. Perform proficient, entry-level aviation maintenance skills.
  3. Apply knowledge of FAA regulations and industry standards.
  4. Apply math and physics principles in solving problems associated with aviation maintenance.
  5. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  6. Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to identify and resolve aviation maintenance issues.
  7. Work effectively in a team and/or group setting.
  8. Sit for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification exams (written, oral and practical) for the airframe and powerplant (A&P) airman certificate.


  • MTH 65 Beginning Algebra (4 credits) or equivalent placement
  • WR 115 Introduction to Expository Writing (4 credits) or IRW 115 Critical Reading and Writing (5 credits) or equivalent placement. 

Course Map

Sequence shown is a recommended plan for full-time enrollment. Scheduling requirements may prevent all courses from being offered every term. Students must meet with an academic advisor to map their specific degree plan.

Courses Credits
AMT 191 Aviation Maintenance: General 101 6 credits
AMT 192 Aviation Maintenance: General 102 6 credits 
MTH 110 Technical Math (or higher) 4 credits
Total  16 credits

Courses Credits
AMT 193 Aviation Maintenance: General 103 6 credits
AMT 194A Aviation Maintenance: General 104A 3 credits
AMT 194B Aviation Maintenance: General 104B 3 credits
WR 121 or WR 121Z Composition I 4 credits
Total 16 credits

Courses Credits
AMT 195 Aviation Maintenance: General 105 6 credits
AMT 261 Aviation Maintenance: Airframe 1 6 credits
AMT 262 Aviation Maintenance: Airframe 2 6 credits
PSY 101 Psychology and Human Relations1 4 credits
Total 22 credits

Fulfills Social Science general education elective requirement.

Courses Credits
AMT 263 Aviation Maintenance: Airframe 3 6 credits
AMT 264 Aviation Maintenance: Airframe 4 6 credits
AMT 281 Aviation Maintenance: Airframe Return to Service 3 credits
Total 15 credits

Courses Credits
AMT 271 Aviation Maintenance: Powerplant 1 6 credits
AMT 272 Aviation Maintenance: Powerplant 2 6 credits
General Education Electives (from any General Education discipline area) 4 credits
Total 16 credits

Courses Credits
AMT 273 Aviation Maintenance: Powerplant 3 6 credits
AMT 274 Aviation Maintenance: Powerplant 4 6 credits
AMT 282 Aviation Maintenance: Powerplant Return to Service 3 credits
Total 15 credits

Courses Credits
General Education Electives: Arts & Letters 4 credits
General Education Elective: Math, Science, Computer Science 4 credits
Total 8 credits

Requirements Credits
Aviation Maintenance Technologies (AMT) 84
Mathematics (MTH) 4
Psychology (PSY) 4
Writing (WR) 4
General Education Electives 12