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Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Dr. Brad Gilbert

Director of National Aerospace Education Center
Senior Professor of Aviation Technology
304-367-4800
1050 E. Benedum Industrial Drive
North Central WV Airport, Bridgeport, WV
Program Purpose: 

The Aviation Maintenance Technology A.A.S. Degree provides training in aircraft maintenance technology. Students learn to perform maintenance, remove & replace aircraft components, troubleshoot, and repair aircraft systems. Students learn to develop plans fornull analyzing and developing solutions for aircraft problems using approved maintenance processes and procedures. This program focuses on the areas of knowledge qualifying students to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 147 Airframe and Powerplant certification examinations.  The technical areas of study focus on mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and propulsion systems used on modern aircraft. Students will learn to work on a wide range of aircraft, from small general aviation aircraft to transport category aircraft.

 

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate the ability to research, troubleshoot, and repair aircraft and aircraft components
  • Demonstrate the ability to correctly read, understand, and apply Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and other FAA documentation.
  • Successfully complete a series of FAA written national certification exams.  These are three separate exams that are classified as the General, Airframe, and Powerplant exams. (General, Airframe, & Power plant)
  • Successfully complete an end of program FAA oral and practical exam administered by an FAA Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME) for national certification.
Opportunities: 

Upon completion of the FAA tests, the graduate will be issued a temporary FAA certificate while awaiting their permanent license by the FAA at Oklahoma City.

Graduates with the Associate in Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology are qualified for entry level positions to work as Airframe and Power Plant Technicians (AMT). They will be approved for work on small aircraft, corporate aircraft, helicopters, and transport aircraft.

Graduates will be qualified to work at many worksites, including third party maintenance facilities, overhaul and repair facilities, and airline and fixed base operations.

Credit hours taken in this Associate degree program may be applied to a Bachelor degree program in Maintenance Management.

Notice to Students: 

We in the aviation program have become a member of the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC)!

ATEC Aviation Technician Education Council Member

Program Total Credit Hours: 
68 CHs
Support Coursework: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1201

Applied Technical Mathematics I
3
CH(s)

GNED SOSCI

General Studies Social Science
3
CH(s)

GNED SOSCI Elective (General Studies Social Science Elective) should be chosen from social sciences.

ENGL 1104 Written English I must obtain a “C” or better.

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
53 CHs

AVIO 1110

Aircraft Power Generation & Distribution Systems
3
CH(s)

AVMT 1101

Introduction to Aviation Maintenance
3
CH(s)

AVMT 1102

Aircraft Regulations & Publications
3
CH(s)

AVMT 1103

Aviation Shop Practices
3
CH(s)

AVMT 1105

Aircraft Utility Systems
3
CH(s)

AVMT 1109

Aviation Electronics
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2201

Reciprocating Engines & System
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2202

Aircraft Sheet Metal Structures
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2203

Reciprocating Engine Maintenance & Return to Service
5
CH(s)

AVMT 2204

Aircraft Propeller and Control Systems
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2205

Turbine Engines & Systems
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2206

Aircraft Fluid Power & Landing Gear Systems
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2207

Turbine Engine Maintenance & Inspection
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2208

Cabin Atmosphere Control Systems
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2209

Airframe Inspection & Flight Control Systems
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2210

Non-Metallic Structures
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2211

Aircraft Avionics & Information Systems
3
CH(s)
Program Specific Elective Coursework: 
6 CHs

The Model Schedule is arranged for students to stagger their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification examinations beginning after the first two semesters of training. During the freshman academic year all coursework is the same for all students. The Model Schedule allows students to prioritize their studies for either the Airframe or Powerplant coursework at the start of the second year of enrollment. Thus, students have an opportunity to become eligible for FAA testing in a sequential manner. For example, a typical student, enrolling during the fall semester, has an opportunity to sequence their testing as follows:

  • Students will complete all course work and be eligible to take the General written examination by May of their freshman year. Depending on their section, students will complete course work and be eligible to take either Powerplant or Airframe written and respective oral/practical examinations in December of their sophomore year.  Depending on their section, students will complete the remaining course work and be eligible to take their last exams, either Powerplant or Airframe written and respective oral/practical examination, as an "add-on" rating, in May of their final semester.
  • Staggering the required testing for FAA certification will provide students an opportunity to budget their expenses for testing over a 12 month period, beginning with their general written exam during the summer of their freshman year and finishing with their "add-on" rating in May of their final semester.
  • This course schedule will also provide opportunities for technicians, employed with local aviation maintenance and repair stations, currently certified with either an airframe or powerplant certificate, but not both, to enroll in the program for one semester to qualify for an additional maintenance technician "add-on" rating.
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

AVMT 1101

Introduction to Aviation Maintenance
3
CH(s)

AVMT 1102

Aircraft Regulations & Publications
3
CH(s)

AVMT 1103

Aviation Shop Practices
3
CH(s)

AVMT 1105

Aircraft Utility Systems
3
CH(s)

MTH 1201

Applied Technical Mathematics I
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Spring Semester

AVIO 1110

Aircraft Power Generation & Distribution Systems
3
CH(s)

AVMT 1109

Aviation Electronics
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2201

Reciprocating Engines & System
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2202

Aircraft Sheet Metal Structures
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1104 Written English I must obtain a “C” or better.

Summer I Semester

AVMT 2204

Aircraft Propeller and Control Systems
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2206

Aircraft Fluid Power & Landing Gear Systems
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
3 CHs

Students have the option of taking AVMT 2204 Aircraft Propeller & Control Systems OR AVMT 2206 Aircraft Fluid Power & Landing Gear the first summer session. Both classes must be taken in the summer, the order they are taken in is up to the student.

Summer II Semester

AVMT 2204

Aircraft Propeller and Control Systems
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2206

Aircraft Fluid Power & Landing Gear Systems
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
3 CHs

Students have the option of taking AVMT 2204 Aircraft Propeller & Control Systems OR AVMT 2206 Aircraft Fluid Power & Landing Gear the second summer session. Both classes must be taken in the summer, the order they are taken in is up to the student.

Fall Semester

AVMT 2203

Reciprocating Engine Maintenance & Return to Service
5
CH(s)

AVMT 2204

Aircraft Propeller and Control Systems
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2205

Turbine Engines & Systems
3
CH(s)

GNED SOSCI

General Studies Social Science
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
17 CHs
Spring Semester

AVMT 2208

Cabin Atmosphere Control Systems
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2209

Airframe Inspection & Flight Control Systems
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2210

Non-Metallic Structures
3
CH(s)

AVMT 2211

Aircraft Avionics & Information Systems
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
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