Aeronautical Technology

Program Overview

Join the Soaring Aviation Industry

King County has the most aerospace activity in the entire country, with 45,000 employees and 400 aerospace companies. Many in the workforce are retiring, and these companies need new skilled workers to fill those positions.

At South Seattle College, we have a long history of training the technicians that power the aviation and aerospace industries. Whether it be repair, advanced manufacturing, fabrication, or assembly, South’s Aeronautical Technology programs will prepare you with the skills needed to succeed in one of Washington’s strongest industries.

We train our student technicians in an industry-like setting on our main campus and in a hangar facility at King County Airport (Boeing Field). Students learn how to keep aircraft in peak operating condition by performing maintenance and inspections required and regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Our classes consist of a hands-on approach and focus on experiential learning. Their small size ensures personalized one-on-one education from our experienced instructors.

WATCH: Aviation Maintenance Technology On-Demond Information Session

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Degrees & Certificates

With fewer than 20 credits, short-term certificate programs generally cover an entry-level or specific skill set needed for that industry. Credits earned in these programs may apply toward a next-level certificate or degree. Typically offered in a condensed time period.

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  • Credits to complete: 18.0
  • Estimated program length in quarters: Full Time - 253 Clock Hours | Part Time - Part Time Option Not Available

We Have a Place for You

Whatever your background, experience, or age you will fit right in. Our typical class includes men and women of all ages (even some in their 70s)! We have international students from all around the world including: Ethiopia, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Pacific Islands, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vietnam. Our students also include those who have many years of experience in aviation and those who are just beginning their discovery of the industry.

Additional Information

Academic Calendar 

Required Equipment 


  • Aviation Minimum Required Tool List: Students must acquire all the tools on this list by mid-term of AMT 111.
  • Note: Snap-On and Sears will visit the Aviation Department to provide discounted prices.
  • For information regarding tooling, contact the aviation tool room attendant at (206) 934-5374. (tooling questions only) 


Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.