Aviation Maintenance Technology, A.A.S.

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Career Path

Industrial Technology

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Program Options

Degree, Certificate or Diploma

Locations

Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

Advanced Air, Con Agra, Mutual of Omaha and Delta Airlines want you – after you complete the requirements for the Aviation Maintenance Technology program. Those are just a few of the companies that hire Iowa Western students who earn their Associate of Applied Science degree to become a Certificated Aviation Maintenance Technician. Few community colleges offer this unique program. The quality of instruction is second-to-none with an abundance of information given to each student. You’ll spend 50 percent of your time in the classroom and the other 50 percent in the lab getting hands-on experience. Students gain valuable lab experience working on real airplanes. Iowa Western's facilities are state-of-the-art and make for a perfect learning environment.  

Job Outlook

546 Jobs (2020)

+4.5%  Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

This program is intended to place students into the workforce upon completion of this two-year degree. Aviation mechanics inspect the engines, landing gear, instruments, pressurized sections, accessories, and other parts of the aircraft and do the necessary maintenance and replacement of parts. Upon passing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification exam, students will be able to seek employment with major and minor airline carriers, government institutions, private corporations, and individuals.

Wages

  • Entry: $23.90
  • Average: $30.21
  • Experienced: $38.63

Career Examples

  • Avionics Technicians
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Software Engineers
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Engineering Managers
  • Directors of Engineering

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First Semester

AVM 120 - Aviation Mechanics General I

AVM 140 - Aviation Mechanics General II

MAT 743 - Technical Math

Second Semester

AVM 181 - Aviation Airframe I

AVM 182 - Aviation Airframe II

Summer

AVM 185 - Aviation Airframe III

Third Semester

AVM 186 - Aviation Airframe IV

AVM 191 - Aviation Powerplant I

Fourth Semester

AVM 192 - Aviation Powerplant II

AVM 193 - Aviation Powerplant III

MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment

Summer

AVM 194 - Aviation Powerplant IV

Total Semester Hours Required: 85.5

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Determine the applicability of the federal aviation regulations, airworthiness directives, FAA specifications or type certificate data sheets and interpret the privileges and limitations of a mechanic with an airframe rating with respect to the maintenance, preventive maintenance, rebuilding, alteration and inspection of the airframe for a given aircraft.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the servicing, maintenance, preventative maintenance, and alteration in accordance with FAA Practical Test Standard FAA-S-8081-28 for the 3 Powerplant Theory and Maintenance subject areas as established and regulated by Title 14 CFR Part 65 and Part 147 appendix D.
  • Recall information and apply knowledge needed to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s written and oral examinations for the 12 Powerplant Theory and Maintenance subject areas as established and regulated by Title 14 CFR Part 65 and Part 147 appendix D.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the servicing, maintenance, preventative maintenance, and alteration in accordance with FAA Practical Test Standard FAA-S-8081-28 for the 12 Powerplant Theory and Maintenance subject areas as established and regulated by Title 14 CFR Part 65 and Part 147 appendix D.
  • Determine the applicability of the federal aviation regulations, airworthiness directives, FAA specifications or type certificate data sheets and interpret the privileges and limitations of a mechanic with an airframe rating with respect to the maintenance, preventive maintenance, rebuilding, alteration and inspection of the powerplant or propeller for a given aircraft.
  • Recall information and apply knowledge needed to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s written and oral examinations for the 12 General Curriculum subject areas as established and regulated in Title 14 CFR Part 65 and Part 147 appendix B.
  • Perform the servicing, maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alteration in accordance with FAA Practical Test Standard FAA-S-8081-26 for the 12 General Curriculum subject areas as established and regulated by Title 14 CFR Part 65 and Part 147 appendix B.
  • Recall information and apply knowledge needed to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s written and oral examinations for the 7 Airframe Structures subject areas as established and regulated by Title 14 CFR Part 65 and Part 147 appendix C.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the servicing, maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alteration in accordance with FAA Practical Test Standard FAA-S-8081-27 for the 7 Airframe Structures subject areas as established and regulated for by Title 14 CFR Part 65 and Part 147 appendix C.
  • Recall information and apply knowledge needed to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s written and oral examinations for the 10 Airframe Systems and Components subject areas as established and regulated by Title 14 CFR Part 65 and Part 147 appendix C.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the servicing, maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alteration in accordance with FAA Practical Test Standard FAA-S-8081-27 for the 10 Airframe Systems and Components subject areas as established and regulated by Title 14 CFR Part 65 and Part 147 appendix C.
  • Recall information and apply knowledge needed to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s written and oral examinations for the 3 Powerplant Theory and Maintenance subject areas as established and regulated by Title 14 CFR Part 65 and Part 147 appendix D.

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