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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.


Aviation Maintenance Technology Department
Phone: 909-652-6830

Jack Little
Office: AERO 1G
(909) 652-6867
Shawn Ward
Aeronautics Instructional Assistant III


Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Rancho Cucamonga campus


In order to be eligible to register for and attend AMT classes:

  1. 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)
  2. Contact the AMT department for more information by emailing shawn.ward@chaffey.edu 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)


Degrees and Certificates

Aviation maintenance technology students pose in front of an aircraft.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.

Learn about course requirements on the aviation maintenance technology major sheet. 

FAA Requirements

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

Who can enroll in the Chaffey College aeronautics program? 
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. 

What can I do with an FAA airframe and power plant certificate? 
As a certificated mechanic, you are authorized to maintain and repair all civilian fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. This includes helicopters, small general aviation aircraft, large commercial transport aircraft and those in between. 

Does Chaffey College offer a certificate for completion of this program?
Yes. Chaffey College offers individual school certificates for completion of the airframe section and the power plant section. Contact a counselor for specific information. 

How long does the program take to complete?
The program takes approximately two years to complete when attending full time. Full time is Monday through Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. 

Are the courses offered at night? 
Currently, Chaffey College does not offer AMT at night. This is, however, under consideration. 

Are any aeronautics courses offered during the summer? 
Please check the school schedule for specific information. 

What are the requirements for obtaining the FAA airframe and power plant certificates? 
There are two ways to obtain an FAA Airframe and Power plant Certificate: meet the minimum FAA work experience requirements (see the FAA web site or contact your local FAA office for details); OR, attend an FAA approved school. In an FAA approved school, students must complete a specific number of hours in the General, Airframe, and Power plant subject areas, as required by the FAA. In addition, there are required lecture topics and lab projects which must be completed. The required lecture topics and lab projects can normally be completed within the prescribed FAA hour requirements. In addition, students must pass a qualification exam with 85% or better for eligibility to take the FAA written exam. 

Will I get any credit toward my airframe and power plant for any related education which is already completed? 
The FAA requires completion of a specific number of hours and subjects, which must be carefully documented. This will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the instructors. 

Can I transfer to Chaffey College from another aviation maintenance school?
Yes. All hours and courses taken at any FAA part 147 approved aviation maintenance school can be transferred to the Chaffey College Aeronautics program. An official copy of transcripts and records of hours from the previous school will be required for an evaluation.

Program Highlights

Ultralight Lands at Chaffey

The faculty and staff of the Chaffey College Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program are pleased to announce that they have acquired a new TL Utralight StingSport 2000 Light Sport Aircraft. This addition to the program, purchased with Federal occupational education funds, will have a positive impact for years to come; allowing the program to continue in the Chaffey tradition of aviation education excellence begun in 1928. 

The new StingSport allows students to gain hands-on experience with cutting edge technology, such as a fully composite (carbon fiber) fuselage, a glass cockpit (electronic instrument displays), an autopilot system, LED (light emitting diode) navigation and landing lights, a Rotax (new technology) engine, a ground-adjustable 3-bladed propeller, and a ballistic parachute recovery system. This StingSport is certified by the FAA as a Light Sport Aircraft, which is a new category designed for recreational aircraft. Chaffey College is one of the few programs in the southwestern region to have this new technology. The addition of this aircraft will not only ensure that students are exposed to the latest technology, but will also continue to attract students to our AMT program who are serious about their education and careers in aviation.