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: 10
Part Time: 20
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.
Special requirements for admission
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
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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 : Please contact (206) 934-5394 or email SouthProfTech@seattlecolleges.edu for information.
- NonResident Cost : Please contact (206) 934-5394 or email SouthProfTech@seattlecolleges.edu for information.
- International Student Cost : Please contact (206) 934-5394 or email SouthProfTech@seattlecolleges.edu for information.
Equipment Fee associated with this program
Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.
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 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.
Covers skills and strategies needed to meet writing demands in college and on the job. Prereq: Satisfactory performance on English placement test. Fee(s) and meeting dates dependent on section choice, read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter and email instructor. Find your instructor's email at: http://www.seattlecolleges.com/DISTRICT/employeedirectory/directorysearch.aspx
Writing strategies geared to target audiences. Emphasis on research and problem-solving requiring critical reading and writing; development of ideas and argumentation. Includes layout and design, use of illustration, schematics and mathematics. Prereq: ENG 105 or permission. Fee(s) and meeting dates dependent upon section choice, read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter and email instructor. Find your instructor's email at: http://www.seattlecolleges.com/DISTRICT/employeedirectory/directorysearch.aspx
Computer Applications I
Study of current computer applications. Provides experience in text editing, spreadsheet and database management software. Brief introduction to several popular application softwares. Hands-on experience with a word processor, spreadsheets, data base, manager and MS-DOS. To be taken concurrently with ENG 105. Fee(s) and meeting dates dependent upon section choice, read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter and email instructor. Find your instructor's email at http://www.seattlecolleges.com/DISTRICT/employeedirectory/directorysearch.aspx
Industrial First Aid and Safety
Offered at Duwamish Training Center. Covers mandate of Washington State?s Workman?s Compensation Act to recognize, treat and utilize advanced life support services available to the general public for ill or injured victims. Focuses on safety and prevention of industrial accidents and infectious disease control. Prereq: Covered by Washington State Workman?s Compensation Act.
Applied Mathematics I
This course is to be taken in conjunction with a related trades program. Topics include: numeracy skills, proportions and ratios, applied algebra, and dimensional analysis. Topics may also include: geometry, trigonometry, fundamental physics principles, scientific notation, radicals, first degree equations, and applications. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on placement test, or permission by program manager.
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 99 contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 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