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.

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate programs provide students with a set of skills to find a job or stay current in a profession. Many certificates are designed to lead to a degree.

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  • Credits to complete: 147.0
  • Estimated program length in quarters: Full Time - 8 | Part Time - Part Time Option Not Available

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.

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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 


  • Students must acquire tools by mid-term of AMT 105 course. Students may refer to the Aeronautical Technology Sample Tool List. Please consult with your AMT 105 instructor for more information.
  • Snap-On offers student discounts for tool purchases. Visit or contact Michael Cosper (Account Manager, 206-214-5618, for details.
  • For tooling questions only, contact the aeronautical technology tool room attendant at (206) 934-5374.


  • All students must obtain textbooks listed on each course syllabus. See individual aeronautical technology instructors for current textbook requirements

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