Aviation maintenance technology A.A.S.

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    Aviation maintenance technology A.A.S.

    Join UAA’s nationally recognized, FAA-approved aviation maintenance technology program and prepare for aviation technician careers in Alaska and around the world.

Explore the aviation maintenance technology associate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

In the aviation maintenance technology program, you’ll gain the skills you need to work as a maintenance technician in general aviation, corporate aviation, airlines and aerospace manufacturers. This FAA-approved program takes a holistic approach, exploring aviation maintenance as a process to prepare well-rounded and knowledgeable technicians. The program also integrates numerous scenario-based classes and projects that promote critical thinking and replicate experiences from the field.

Aviation maintenance technology scholarships and financial aid
Get help with tuition and education costs. UAA offers a variety of scholarships and other types of financial assistance you may qualify for when you pursue an associate degree in aviation maintenance technology. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

*The AAS program is available for students who wish to earn a degree in addition to their FAA certificates, and includes classes in communication, math, and writing.  UAA's certificate programs in Airframe and/or Powerplant are required for FAA certification.

Aviation maintenance technology A.A.S.

Degree Type:

  • Associate

Program Length: 2.5 years for airframe & powerplant / 2 years for airframe only or powerplant only

Availability:Anchorage campus

Other program options: Undergraduate certificate in aviation maintenance technology (airframe and powerplant emphases)

Did you know..

UAA’s aviation technology maintenance fleet includes a Boeing 727 aircraft.

What can you do with an aviation maintenance technology degree from UAA?

UAA aviation maintenance technology alumni work for commercial aircraft operators throughout Alaska and the United States. Graduates also work with the FAA, maintenance providers in Europe and Asia as well as in the oil and gas industry. Many of our students are recruited even before completing school.

Aviation maintenance technology careers

  • Director of Maintenance
  • Maintenance Supervisors
  • Mechanics
  • FAA Inspectors and Program Managers
  • Research Technicians

By the numbers..

Job placement rate for UAA aviation maintenance technology graduates who seek employment
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Aviation jobs in Alaska
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Aviation maintenance technology associate degree program highlights

UAA’s associate degree in aviation maintenance technology offers a hands-on, process-focused approach to FAA-approved coursework. This unique methodology, designed by top aviation maintenance experts who lead the program, helps set UAA graduates apart in the job market. The following are some of the top reasons to earn your associate degree in aviation maintenance technology at UAA.

  • The AMT program at UAA includes extensive hands-on lab work throughout the program in aircraft electronics, fuel systems, sheet metal, engine overhaul and installation, fluid power systems, and others.  Many students also have opportunities to work as mechanic assistants for local aircraft maintenance shops while attending school.
  • Learn using state-of-the-art aviation equipment and technology. UAA’s program uses a fleet of aircraft – from small single engine planes to a Boeing 727 – to provide practical aviation experience and instruction. All labs for maintenance skill development contain specialized equipment relevant to the field. The program also presents regulatory and recordkeeping requirements in a way that is highly valued by employers.
  • Work closely with top aviation technicians. All UAA aviation maintenance technology faculty have professional technician experience. One instructor works with the FAA to author regulatory changes affecting all aviation maintenance technician schools nationwide, while another has participated in numerous summer fellowships conducting and supporting aeronautical research with NASA’s Armstrong (formerly Dryden) Flight Research Center.
  • Engage with campus clubs and organizations. Stay on top of industry innovations and make new professional contacts in the Aviation Maintenance Technology Club. Each semester, UAA also hosts an industry day that gives you the chance to meet with potential employers and learn more about your desired career field.
  • Pursue advanced degrees in aviation maintenance technology and aviation. The coursework for this program offers seamless transition from the associate degree to a bachelor's degree in applied technologies leadership.

Amazing stories from aviation maintenance technology majors

I heard nothing but good things about Alaska so I took a risk and enrolled at UAA. After my third semester of school I began working as a mechanics helper with Pegasus Aviation Services, where I serviced large transport category aircraft and performed light maintenance, such as wheel changes. I am confident at this point I will succeed because I have been prepared with the skills and tools necessary for the tasks ahead thanks to instructors that actually care.

Lynsey Justice
AP Mechanic, Vertical Solutions LLC

Aviation maintenance technology associate degree program curriculum

The Associate of Applied Science in aviation maintenance technology provides an FAA-approved curriculum designed to prepare alumni for employment as maintenance technicians in general aviation, corporate aviation, airlines and aerospace manufacturers. In addition to traditional aircraft maintenance courses, the associate degree curriculum emphasizes modern aircraft systems including electronics, composite structures, automatic controls and turbine engines.

Top classes for aviation maintenance technology majors

  • Aircraft Non-Destructive Inspection Methods
  • Aircraft Fuel Systems Lab
  • Aircraft Electrical Hardware and Systems
  • Aircraft Electronic Systems Lab