Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology

The Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance is designed to prepare graduates for employment as maintenance technicians in general aviation, corporate aviation, airlines or aerospace manufacturers. In addition to traditional aircraft maintenance courses, the curriculum emphasizes modern aircraft systems.

Admission Requirements


All students must meet with an ATD academic advisor prior to beginning any program of study and are encouraged to meet each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever academic difficulties arise. Degree check sheets are available in the ATD office. See the ATD advisor for appropriate sequence of courses.

The AAS normally requires one semester of study beyond a certificate program. AMT students may elect to continue their studies while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology or Bachelor of Science in Technology at UAA. Those intending to pursue a four-year degree must discuss their plans with an AMT faculty advisor for proper course sequence.

AAS degree candidates who have completed an FAA approved program in aviation maintenance at a nationally or regionally accredited institution, passed all courses in the major with a grade of C or better, and currently hold a valid FAA Mechanic’s Certificate may, with the approval of the department, use the certificate for a portion of the AAS major degree requirements. Individuals considering this option must discuss their plans with an AMT faculty advisor.

Computer Literacy

This degree requires computer competency, which may be demonstrated by any one of the following:

  • A 3-credit course in computer language or an introductory course in data processing or microcomputers.
  • Work-related experience verifying computer literacy as approved by the faculty advisor.
  • Self-initiated computer literacy as approved by the faculty advisor.

Mathematics Proficiency

Demonstrate a proficiency in mathematics at or exceeding MATH A105 level, verified through transcripts or ACCUPLACER score.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

Core Courses
AMT A170Aircraft Ground Operations and Safety1
AMT A171Basic Aerodynamics3
AMT A172Aircraft Publications, Regulations and Records3
AMT A174
Fundamentals of Aircraft Electronics
and Fundamentals of Aircraft Electronics Lab
AMT A175Drawing and Precision Measurement2
AMT A176Aircraft Materials and Processes I2
AMT A181
Aircraft Fuel Systems
and Aircraft Fuel Systems Lab
AMT A186Aircraft Non-Destructive Inspection Methods3
AMT A272Aircraft Electrical Hardware and Systems3
AMT A274
Aircraft Electronic Systems
and Aircraft Electronic Systems Lab
Total Credits32

 Complete one of the following concentration areas:

Airframe Concentration
AMT A185
Aircraft Sheetmetal Structures
and Aircraft Sheetmetal Structures Lab
AMT A273
Aircraft Fluid Power Systems
and Aircraft Fluid Power Systems Lab
AMT A283
Aircraft Auxiliary Systems
and Aircraft Auxiliary Systems Lab
AMT A285
Aircraft Bonded Structures
and Aircraft Bonded Structures Lab
AMT A286Aircraft Materials and Processes II2
AMT A364Aircraft Avionics Systems3
AMT A369
Airframe Assembly and Inspections
and Airframe Assembly and Inspections Lab
Total Credits28
Powerplant Concentration
AMT A177Reciprocating Engine Theory2
AMT A178Turbine Engine Theory2
AMT A187
Aircraft Reciprocating Engine Overhaul
and Aircraft Reciprocating Engine Overhaul Lab
AMT A279
Aircraft Turbine Engine Repair and Overhaul
and Aircraft Turbine Engine Repair and Overhaul Lab
AMT A282Aircraft Propeller Systems1
AMT A284
Aircraft Electrical Machinery
and Aircraft Electrical Machinery Lab
AMT A287
Reciprocating Engine Installation and Operation
and Reciprocating Engine Installation and Operation Lab
AMT A289
Turbine Engine Installation and Operation
and Turbine Engine Installation and Operation Lab
Total Credits28

A total of 75 credits is required for the degree.

Licensure and/or Certification

Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology are eligible to sit for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) national certification examination(s).

Students planning to seek a professional license or certificate in a state other than Alaska are required to contact the UAA offering department before enrolling to determine if the program meets the licensing/certification requirements of the state in which they wish to practice.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficient, entry-level aviation maintenance skills.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in emphasis area skills: airframe or powerplant.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of aircraft engines, structures, and systems, as well as appropriate FAA regulations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of industry information: current status, segments and opportunities.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.