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Regional College


Regional College

The Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology provides students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to become an aircraft technician. Coursework meets Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) training requirements and qualifies graduates to sit for FAA examinations to become a certified Airframe and Powerplant technician. Topics include aircraft structures, aircraft power systems, aviation electronics and hydraulic systems. Students interested in this program must meet with an advisor prior to admission to the major. The degree is available at the Ashtabula Campus.

Career Opportunities

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and service technicians held about 142,300 jobs in 2010; about 5 in 6 of these workers was an aircraft mechanic and service technician.

Employment of aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and service technicians primarily is concentrated in a small number of industries. More than half of aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and service technicians worked in air transportation and support activities for air transportation. Around 18 percent worked in aerospace product and parts manufacturing and about 16 percent worked for the Federal Government. Most of the rest worked for companies that operate their own planes to transport executives and cargo.

Most airline mechanics and service technicians work at major airports near large cities. Civilian mechanics employed by the U.S. Armed Forces work at military installations. Mechanics who work for aerospace manufacturing firms typically are located in California or in Washington State. Others work for the FAA, many at the facilities in Oklahoma City, Atlantic City, Wichita, or Washington, DC. Mechanics for independent repair shops work at airports in every part of the country.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

Admission is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent.

For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen. For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 66 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and in major.