Aviation Maintenance Technology

San Joaquin Valley College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program prepares students with the skills and technical knowledge they need to perform maintenance on aircraft airframe (body) and powerplant (engine). In addition to classroom instruction, hands-on training in the hangar includes maintenance, servicing, troubleshooting, and repair of airframe and powerplant systems and components.

Aviation Maintenance Technology Program Details

Skills Students Learn

Students in our Aviation Maintenance Technology program learn:

  • Aircraft engine and airframe repair
  • Propeller & engine systems
  • Basic electricity & electronics
  • Turbine/jet engine systems
  • Fuel metering systems
  • Sheet metal structures

*The Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program focuses on preparing you for certification as an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic.

Program Course Examples

Courses* taken by our Aviation Maintenance Technology students include:

Aircraft Basic Science
This course provides a review of blueprint reading, mechanical drawings, fabrication of fluid lines and fittings, nondestructive testing methods, aircraft hardware and material identification, precision measuring techniques, aircraft corrosion control, and FAA documentation. Students will also use FAA and manufacturers’ specifications and discuss mechanic privileges and limitations. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

Propellers and Engine Auxiliary Systems
This course will focus on the inspection, troubleshooting, overhaul, and repair techniques of carburetors, engine fuel metering systems and components. Engine fire detection and extinguishing systems, propellers and propeller control systems, and engine auxiliary systems are also covered. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

Aircraft Landing Gear
This course will cover the inspection, troubleshooting and repair of landing gear retraction systems, including shock struts, wheels, brakes, and tires. Topics include: checking and servicing of fuel management and dump systems, inspection and repair of aircraft auxiliary systems, including ice and rain control, smoke and carbon monoxide warning systems, and fire detection and extinguishing systems and landing gear. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

*Students will take additional program courses on top of the three listed example courses. Courses may vary by program, credential level and campus.

Program Outcomes

Students can earn an Associate of Science degree in approximately 17 months. Graduates are prepared to test for an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Program Availability

SJVC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program is available at the Fresno – Aviation campus.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can expect to work as Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics for airlines, commuter and corporate air fleets, and airfreight companies.

On the job, A&P mechanics:

  • Perform safety and preventative checks
  • Service, repair and maintain aircraft and parts
  • Read blueprints and schematics
  • Compute aircraft weight and balance
  • Remove and replace major aircraft components

Accreditation and Approvals

The Aviation Maintenance Technology program is accredited by the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.

Flight Standards District Office
4955 E. Anderson Ave., Ste. 110
Fresno, CA 93727
(559) 454-0286 | http://www.faa.gov

SJVC is approved by the California State Approving Agency to enroll veterans and other eligible persons.

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org.

State Approvals

CALIFORNIA
SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.

Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone Numbers
Toll free (888) 370-7589
(916) 431-6959

Fax Number
(916) 263-1897

Website
www.bppe.ca.gov

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