The aviation maintenance technology (AMT) program is Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved under Federal Aviation Regulation Part 147 and is a nationally recognized course of study.

Program Overview

The aviation maintenance technology program prepares graduates for entry into positions as maintenance technicians in general aviation, corporate aviation, airlines, or aerospace manufacturers. In addition to traditional aircraft maintenance courses, the curriculum emphasizes modern aircraft systems including electronics, composite structures, automatic controls and turbine engines.


The Aviation Technology Division offers two aviation maintenance undergraduate certificates, one with an airframe and the other with a powerplant emphasis. The FAA approved aviation maintenance technology undergraduate certificate programs provide all of the required content to prepare students to achieve FAA certification as aircraft mechanics with airframe and/or powerplant ratings. Upon completion of the UAA undergraduate certificate programs, students may take written, oral and practical tests that are administered by FAA designees. Those who achieve passing scores on these tests are awarded the aircraft mechanic certificate with appropriate rating(s) by the FAA.

Associate of Applied Science

After earning either undergraduate certificate, additional study allows a student to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in aviation maintenance technology.


Many University of Alaska Anchorage certificate and occupational endorsement certificate programs are defined as Gainful Employment programs for the purposes of student financial aid. Valuable information about these programs including program cost, graduation rates, job placement rates, student loan debt, and other important information can be found by viewing the airframe certificate and powerplant certificate forms on the UAA Gainful Employment Disclosure website.