Aviation Maintenance Technology
A degree or certificate in aviation maintenance technology can lead you to careers with airlines, federal and state government, the military and more. Chaffey College's program is top-ranked in the country and fully approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Aviation Maintenance Technology Department
AMT Entry Information
Rancho Cucamonga campus
In order to be eligible to register for and attend AMT classes:
- Satisfy the steps to admission by fulfilling the following tasks:
- Complete and submit a Chaffey College application
- Attend Chaffey College orientation
- · Take the Assessment Test (Required)
- · Create an Educational Plan with a Counselor
- · Pay all outstanding college fees (for returning students)
- Contact the AMT department for more information by emailing email@example.com or by calling (909) 652-6865
Returning students do not have to complete the above steps, if already completed.
Mandatory Requirements for First Day of Class
All Returning Students are required to bring the following on the first day of class:
- Required tools and toolboxes - See department syllabus
- Required text books – See individual syllabus
- Department and airframe or powerplant syllabi
- Completed safety test
All new students are required to bring the following on the first day of class:
- Department and general syllabi
- Completed safety test
- Copy or proof of assessment
- Required tools and toolboxes (See department syllabus)
- Required text books (See general syllabus)
This program provides the training needed to become an aviation maintenance technician. Students who successfully complete the program will have the experience required by the Federal Aviation Administration for certification as an airframe or power plant mechanic. Airframe and power plant technicians are in demand by airlines and aviation maintenance providers. The aeronautics program at Chaffey College is fully approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide the 1900 hours of experience required to become an airframe or power plant technician. Students may earn an associate degree and/or separate college certificates in airframe or power plant.
To meet the FAA requirements for an airframe and power plant mechanic certificate, the student is required to complete a total of 1,900 hours of instruction. This includes both lecture and hands on lab work. The 1,900 hour requirement is broken down as follows:
- General section: 400 hours
- Airframe section: 750 hours
- Power plant section: 750 hours
The general section is a prerequisite for the Airframe and Power plant sections. A
student who is seeking only one certificate (i.e. airframe only or power plant only)
is required to complete the general section prior to completion of the desired section.
Do you already have one certificate? If so, you are not required to take the general section to complete the other desired certificate.
Completion of FAA written, oral and practical tests are required to obtain the Airframe and Power plant mechanic certificates.
More information is available in the Federal Aviation Regulations, FAR part 147 and FAR Part 65. See the Federal Aviation Administration website or contact your local FAA office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Anyone eligible to enroll at Chaffey College can take the program. No prior mechanical experience is necessary. The program is excellent for those who are seeking a career in aviation maintenance, a foundation for higher education in aircraft maintenance or engineering, homebuilders, pilots and aircraft owners.