Undergraduate Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technology, Powerplant

The Undergraduate Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT), Powerplant, 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

  • Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Certificate Programs.
  • Apply for admission to the AMT Powerplant program by contacting the Aviation Technology Division (ATD) at 2811 Merrill Field Drive in Anchorage, calling (907) 786-7200 or visiting www.uaa.alaska.edu/aviation.
  • Present evidence of proficiency in mathematics at or exceeding the MATH A055 level. An appropriate score on a math placement test may be used.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency through placement into WRTG A110 or a higher level with an appropriate level on ACT English scores, SAT Verbal scores, or an English placement exam. Generally, applicants eligible for entry into WRTG A110 level have sufficient proficiency for entry into the AMT programs.


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 and schedules. 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.

Successful progress through the AMT program requires that all students have algebra and English proficiency. Preparatory mathematics and English courses should be taken prior to entry into the AMT program. Under certain circumstances preparatory courses may be taken during the first semester with some AMT courses. The AMT program courses are sequential and the student is cautioned that taking courses out of sequence will extend the program beyond its normal length. Typically, AMT courses have prerequisites, and advisor approval is required prior to registration for all AMT courses.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

The courses listed below are scheduled in established blocks to meet course prerequisites. Mixing courses from a different semester series may result in significantly extending the completion of the certificate, as most courses are offered once a year.

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 A177Reciprocating Engine Theory2
AMT A178Turbine Engine Theory2
AMT A181
Aircraft Fuel Systems
and Aircraft Fuel Systems Lab
AMT A186Aircraft Non-Destructive Inspection Methods3
AMT A187
Aircraft Reciprocating Engine Overhaul
and Aircraft Reciprocating Engine Overhaul Lab
AMT A272Aircraft Electrical Hardware and Systems3
AMT A274
Aircraft Electronic Systems
and Aircraft Electronic Systems 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 Credits60

A total of 60 credits is required for the AMT Powerplant Undergraduate Certificate.

Licensure and/or Certification

Graduates of the Undergraduate Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technology, Powerplant 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:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in entry-level aviation maintenance skills.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the required powerplant maintenance skills.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of aircraft powerplants, systems and appropriate FAA regulations.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of industry information: current status, trends, segments and opportunities.