Aviation Maintenance TechnologyAssociate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)
The Aeronautical Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program provides graduates of recognized airframe and powerplant programs and experienced FAA-certified mechanics the opportunity to expand their knowledge and training, and earn an associate degree.
This degree is for those who are focused on learning a skill or technology for immediate employment in the aeronautical industry.
Estimated Length of Completion
|Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)||Full Time: 8 to 10
Part Time: Part Time Option Not Available
Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.
Additional Program Information
Do you like working with your hands? Are you looking for an exciting career where you don't have to sit in an office all day? Would you rather work on jet engines with 120,000 pounds of thrust? Or are you interested in working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). If so, then our Aviation Maintenance Technology program is the place for you! Some of your questions can be answered by reading our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).
We have a long and rich history of producing Aviation Technicians. Our aviation program began in the 1930's as Edison Technical College and transformed into the SSC program in 1968. We provide the training and teach the skills necessary to become an Aircraft Maintenance Technician. After completing the two-year program our students are certified to take the FAA Airframe and Power plant(A&P) exams and then go on to work on any aircraft in the world. The A&P certificate is also recognized in other industries such as power companies and elevator mechanics.
Students must meet with an advisor for entry into this program. A placement test is required to ensure language and computational skills are sufficient for program success.
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.
- Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
- Aircraft Repair Station Operator
- Aircraft Structure / Surfaces / Rigging / and Systems Assemblers
- Aviation Research & Development Engineer
- Federal Aviation Administration Technician
- Helicopter Maintenance Technician
- Manufacturer (Aircraft, Engine, Parts)
- NASA Technician
- State & Local Government Agency Technician
Job tests this program will prepare you for:
- FAA licensing exam
For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:
All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.
- Resident Cost : $17,154.72
- NonResident Cost : $19,445.76
- International Student Cost : $44,196.48
Equipment Fee associated with this program
Quarter Start Dates: Aeronautical Technology classes begin in Spring and Fall.
Students may still enroll in the program during other quarters to begin their related academic classes (Not required if a student has already completed these classes. Students must provide an official transcript.).
Class Times: Check the online class schedule. Students will meet during the class timeframe listed, however in order to maintain safe distances in on-site labs students will be grouped and have specified times on campus. Please check with your instructor for more information.
Other related academic classes are required that meet outside of these class times. These classes can be completed online and/or in-person depending on availability. Check with an advisor regarding when to take related academic classes.
Basic Science for Aviation
This course introduces students to aircraft terminology and nomenclature, basic physics, aircraft drawings, maintenance forms and records, Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), materials and processes, the exercise of mechanics privileges, and shop safety practices as they pertain to every day shop problems.
Basic Electricity for Aviation
This course introduces students to the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism. Methods of generating alternating and direct current are studied. Students will learn the proper methods of overhaul, inspection, installation and repair of aircraft electrical components. Safety precautions are also emphasized.
Airframe Structure and Repair
This course introduces students to the use of wood, fabric, composites, fiberglass, plastic and metal as materials for aircraft structures. Upon completion of the projects in the course, students learn methods of inspection and repair of aircraft structures. Safety precautions are emphasized when using the various materials found in aircraft structures.
Powerplant Theory and Maintenance
This course introduces students to powerplant theory and maintenance practices of the reciprocating engine and the gas turbine engine. Course topics include overhaul of each powerplant type, inspection technique, induction systems, cooling systems, exhaust, and turbocharging systems.
This course Introduces students to the five basic airframe systems: hydraulic-pneumatic power, landing gear, ice and rain control, cabin environment, fuel systems and management. Students work on assigned projects in each of the areas.
This course Introduces students to aircraft inspection and record keeping procedures, including doors and interior furnishings, fire detection and extinguishing systems, aircraft instruments, aircraft electrical systems, and communication & navigation systems.
Powerplant Systems and Components
This course Introduces students to aircraft engine fuel metering systems, ignition systems, lubricating systems, ice and rain control systems and indicating systems. Upon completion of the projects, students learn the correct procedures for inspecting, testing, overhauling, & troubleshooting powerplant systems & related components. Safety precautions are emphasized when using the various shop tools and equipment.
This course Introduces students to aircraft propeller systems, fire detection and extinguishing systems, reciprocating and turbine engines, powerplant inspections troubleshooting. This is the final phase of powerplant technology and reviews are given for the final FAA exam with emphasis is placed on FAA regulations, airworthiness concepts, safety, personal and technical ethics.
This course designed to help students from a variety of majors to master the composition skills needed for careers in business and industry. Students will learn the principles and conventions of technical writing and practice those conventions in a variety of assignments that would typically be encountered in the work place. Attention will also be paid to strengthening the surface and stylistic aspects of their writing.
Psychology of Human Relations
Covers dynamics of organizations and human resources in the workplace: motivational theory, leadership, group processes, organizational theory, participatory management, conflict management and counseling. Primarily for professional-technical students.