Mr. Thomas Stose, Director
Robert C. Byrd
National Aerospace Education Center
Room 116 NAEC
Bridgeport WV 26330
OVERVIEW OF THE ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
This degree prepares the graduate for a career as an Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT). Aircraft Maintenance Technicians inspect, service, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair airframes, powerplants, and their related mechanical and electrical systems. Aircraft maintenance operations are routinely carried out as a function of major and regional airline maintenance operations, to include airline major maintenance base operations and airline line maintenance operations; Part 145 overhaul and major maintenance base operations; aircraft, powerplant and component manufacturing operations; corporate aviation operations, armed forces flight operations; and small aircraft general aviation fixed base maintenance operations. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology and meet all prerequisites for taking the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certification exams. This program is certified by the FAA and either meets or exceeds all FAA Part 147 training requirements. The Center also holds FAA approval to administer all A&P certification examinationss on site. All earned associate degree course credits articulate directly into the 2+2 Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Management through Fairmont State University.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY
Employment opportunities include major airlines (Southwest, US Airways, Delta Airlines, etc., general aviation fixed base aircraft maintenance operations (FBO), aircraft manufacturers (Cessna, Piper, Boeing, Bombardier, etc.), corporate aviation (Lowes, Milam Labs, etc.; Federal Aviation Administration; US Military; and Part 145 aircraft overhaul and major maintenance repair stations (regional airlines such as US Airways Express, United Express, Delta Connection, etc.). Local and regional employers include the Bombardier Aerospace Canadair Regional Jet Service Center, Pratt & Whitney Engine Services, Aurora Flight Sciences West Virginia, Lockheed Martin, KCI Aviation, FMW Composites, West Virginia Air National Guard Fixed Wing Training Center, West Virginia Air National Guard, and Engine and Airframe Solutions Worldwide.