Mar 03, 2024  
2020-2021 SLCC General Catalog 

Aerospace/Aviation Technology Maintenance: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 88 credits minimum

Apprenticeship and Construction Related Technology Division
International Airport Center
General Information
Program Information 801-957-2050
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Program Coordinator/Site Administrator - Todd M. Baird
Associate Professor - Todd M. Baird, Steve Mendiola

Program Description
Aviation and Related Technologies -Aviation Maintenance Program is designed to prepare students for a career in maintenance and repair of various aircraft and powerplants. This program is designed to give students knowledge and skills for the level required to pass the Federal Aviation Administration written, oral and practical examinations for an airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics license. Aircraft technicians are required to perform detailed inspections on airframes and powerplants, preventive maintenance, troubleshoot, repair, install or replace parts relative to airframes and engines. Students will learn both fixed and rotor-wing aircraft as well as reciprocating and turbine engines.

Depending upon the type of work they do, aircraft mechanics and repairman work in hangars, on the flight line, repair stations and fixed base of operations and out stations. They use hand and power tools as well as sophisticated test equipment. A and P’s perform detailed inspections on airframes and powerplants to ensure flight safety. Noise levels are high, and flight line mechanics often work outdoors in inclement weather. Sometimes the work requires physical demands that can be arduous. Aircraft maintenance technicians often work under pressure to maintain flight schedules or minimize inconvenience to customers, but a technician must not sacrifice high standards of workmanship in the process.

The aviation maintenance program conducts drug testing as a requirement of the program.

Career Opportunities
Aircraft technicians troubleshoot, inspect, repair, and replace and install parts on many different types of aircraft, including jets, propeller-driven airplanes, and helicopters. Some A & P Technicians specialize in engines or airframes, but most technicians will be required to work on all aspects of aircraft repair.

Career opportunities include, but not limited to, A&P Technician, Repair station technician, Lead Technician, Inspector, Aircraft Manufacturing and Aerospace Engineer. The long-term employment outlook is very good. There is a current shortage of aviation maintenance technicians, largely due to the considerable attrition of retiring personnel, and to growth in the industry. There are many industries such as amusement parks, power and gas companies that are known to hire Aircraft technicians due to the broad range of training it requires to be an Airframe and Powerplant technician. Employment projections emphasize that well-trained, licensed individuals with a strong background in technical subjects will have little trouble finding work in the aviation industry.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Students who earn an AAS degree in Aerospace/Aviation Technology-Maintenance have the option to transfer into the Technology Management Bachelor Degree at Utah Valley University. UVU will accept up to 45 technical credits towards this degree.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Tools: $1,500
Tool Box: $1,000
Books: $350
FAA Test(s): $1125.00

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is (6) six semesters.

Program Entry Requirements
Students may start this program during the Fall or Spring semesters. There are day and evening classes available. For information on getting started, please visit

Specialized Accreditation
The Aviation Maintenance Technician program at Salt Lake Community College is one of 150 FAA approved Part 147 schools in the US, providing students with the extensive knowledge they need in order to succeed in aviation maintenance.

Licensure Information
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certification requirements that are independent of the graduation requirements from the Aerospace/Aviation Technology Maintenance program. More information is available at the FAA website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written/oral and practical exams for the General AMT (A&P) requirement. Curriculum requirements are found at  Required subject areas required by FAA Part 147 are on file in the Division Office with an assessment plan to address knowledge areas by regulations.

1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7

Demonstrate effective logbook entries of coursework performed on aircraft during lab assignments.
Complete an oral report of their Return to Service (RTS) activities in both Airframe and Powerplant courses.

2, 3, 4, 7

Apply reasoning and interpret information represented on data, graphs, and/or tables, as it relates to safe maintenance practices as identified with in the aviation industry. Operations will include problems and reasoning skills in the areas of:

  • weight and balance,
  • sheet metal layout and fabrication

2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Perform Quality Assurance (QA) functions, as required for the industry. The requirement for QA will encompass subjects addressed by FAA Part 147 regarding critical safety of flight maintenance tasks. These subjects will include sheet metal, composites, piston engine overhaul, and assembly and rigging of flight controls.

2, 3, 4, 6

Participate in an Return to Service (RTS) program that may be done in partnership with industry or on aircraft purchased for the AMT program. Students work will be in accordance with industry standards for RTS.

2, 5, 6

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 1 course

Quantitative Studies (QS) 1 course

Communication (CM) 1 course

Human Relations (HR) 1 course

Distribution Areas

1 course from 1 of the Distribution Areas

Advising Notes

Students who need to take Preparatory Classes prior to entering the program should plan extra time to complete the AMT program. High School Curriculum in Math, Science, and Communication is recommended.

It is the students’ responsibility to understand the requirements for their chosen program of study and to examine each course description for details about the prerequisite classes. It is highly recommended that each student meet with the program advisor prior to starting this program. The program advisor may be reached at (801)957-4550.

Credit for Prior Experience: Any FAA Certification or Military training leading to certification must be reviewed by the Program Coordinator and the FAA. Official copies of FAA Certification and/or Military training must be submitted for consideration (DD Form 214 and FAA 8610-2).

The following courses are available to prepare students to take FAA Maintenance Tests for federal certification:

Additional courses are available for specific training. For information about these courses and certification, contact the Program Coordinator.

Credit for Prior Experience: Any FAA Certification or Military training leading to certification must be reviewed by the Program Coordinator and the FAA. Official transcripts of certification and/or training (FAA 8610-2 and/or DD214) must be submitted for consideration.

Additional Program Notes

The Aviation Maintenance program offers additional courses for: