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 : $16,277.76
- NonResident Cost : $18,432.00
- International Student Cost : $41,944.32
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 MySouth Student Portal. 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 the student to the diversified field of Aviation Maintenance by providing a firm foundation for maintenance on both small and large aircraft. The course covers aircraft terminology, nomenclature, basic physics, aircraft drawing, and interpretation of diagrams as they pertain to everyday shop problems.
Basic Electricity for Aviation
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism, along with the circuit properties of resistance, inductance and capacitance. Methods of power generation for alternating and direct current systems and aircraft power utilization are studied.
Airframe Structure and Repair
In AMT 113, students will gain knowledge and/or experience working with five types of aircraft structure materials: wood, fabric, composite/fiberglass, plastic and metal. Student projects in each of these areas, in combination with classroom lectures, will provide realistic exposure to approved airframe structural repair practices.
Powerplant Theory and Maintenance
This course is designed to cover three areas. The first area is an in-depth study of theory, operation and maintenance of the internal combustion reciprocating engine. The second area of study is theory, operation and overhaul of gas turbine engines. The third area of study is the inspection, repair and servicing of aircraft internal combustion cooling, exhaust and induction systems used on reciprocating and gas turbine engines.
In this course, students will be introduced to five basic airframe systems: Hydraulic-pneumatic power, landing gear, ice and rain control, cabin environmental control, and fuel systems and management. Assigned projects in these areas on mock-ups or assigned aircraft components and sub-compounds will be completed.
In this course, students will refine basic skills and concepts learned in earlier airframe courses in addition to performing aircraft rigging and assembly, testing and evaluation of aircraft instrument systems, advanced electrical systems, communication and navigation systems, and aircraft inspections for conformity and airworthiness in accordance with approved procedures.
Powerplant Systems and Components
This course is designed to cover six subject areas: Engine fuel system and fuel metering system including carburetion and fuel injection systems, ignition system for both reciprocating engines and turbine engines, engine electrical starting systems, powerplant lubrication systems, electrical and mechanical indicating systems, and powerplant ice and rain control systems.
This course provides the student with a sound knowledge of aircraft propellers used with both small and large piston or turboprop engines. The area of study will also include engine fire detection and extinguishing, engine electrical systems, and turbine engine pneumatic starting systems. Reciprocating and turbine engine test run, run-in and troubleshooting are covered in depth, along with powerplant inspection methods and techniques.
This course is 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. Prereq: placement into ENGL097. Section 70 online fee, section 77 hybrid fee, contact instructor and read sites.google.com/southseattle.edu/eLearning/welcome-letter Find your instructor's email at: people.seattlecolleges.edu
Psychology of Human Relations
Covers dynamics of workplace organizations. Theory and concepts include major topics: communication, conflict, leadership, group process, ethics and management. Primarily for vocational students. Section 70 online fee, contact instructor and read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter Find your instructor's email at: http://www.seattlecolleges.com/district/employeedirectory/directorysearch.aspx PREREQ: ENGL 105; ASSET: 43 W, 43 R; COMPASS: 68 W, 81 R