Aviation Maintenance Technology

Train to Become an Aircraft Mechanic at the Fresno – Trades Education Center

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. Our Aviation Maintenance Technology program is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Department of Transportation and also has an apprenticeship program with SkyWest.

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

The Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program focuses on preparing students for certification as Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanics.

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.

*Course listings are subject to change. Reference the SJVC College Catalog for the  most current program information.

Program Outcomes

Students can earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 17 months, or an Associate of Science degree in approximately 22 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 – Trades Education Center.

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

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Aviation Maintenance Technology program requires:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Wonderlic SLE assessment score of 14 or higher
  • No felony criminal convictions within the last 10 years

Applicants must have reliable plans for transportation, child care and time to devote to school work outside of scheduled class hours.

Accreditation and Approvals

The Aviation Maintenance Technology program is approved 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

Veteran’s Administration (VA) Benefits
If you believe you are eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) benefits, please contact the Financial Aid Office at your local SJVC campus. You may also get information on the SJVC programs that are approved for VA funding through the VA’s WEAMS Institution Search tool:  http://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchInstitutionCriteria.do

Type in San Joaquin Valley College for the Institution Name and then select your campus of interest to see a current list of approved programs.

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.

Questions or requests to review documents pertaining to accreditation should be directed to:

Crystal G. VanderTuig, Accreditation Liaison Officer
San Joaquin Valley College
3828 West Caldwell Avenue, Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 734-9000

State Approvals

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 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (www.bppe.ca.gov).

View additional State Approvals for SJVC.