Aviation Maintenance Technology

2013-14 Edition

http://www.pcc.edu/AMT

Rock Creek Campus
Building 2, Room 230
971-722-7256 or 971-722-7233

www.pcc.edu/amt

Career and Program Description

An aircraft mechanic certificated under Part 65 of the Federal Aviation Regulations may maintain or alter aircraft within limitations specified by the regulations. The certificate also permits the holder to supervise other people in maintaining aircraft and to approve work for return to service. In addition, the certificated mechanic may perform 100-hour inspections. After performing 100-hour inspections or maintenance, the mechanic must certify airworthiness (or approval for return to service) in a signed entry in the appropriate aircraft record.

The Aviation Maintenance Technology Program is approved by the State Division of Vocational Education, the Veterans Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The certificated AMT mechanic is considered to be a general practitioner at keeping aircraft in safe condition and may also decide to specialize in: hydraulics, pneumatics, rigging, inspection, bonded repair, corrosion control, sheet metal repair, electrical systems, avionics installation, propeller service, welding, painting, record keeping or engine service.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Two-Year Certificate

Aviation Maintenance Technology

One-Year Certificate

Aviation Maintenance Technology: Airframe
Aviation Maintenance Technology: Powerplant

Prerequisites and Requirements

Prerequisite for all AMT Certificates and AAS degree:

  • Completion of AMT 101, Introduction to AMT
  • Placement into RD 90 or higher
  • Placement into WR 90 or higher
  • Completion of MTH 60 at PCC or if a student places into a higher than a math 60 class at PCC, they must take the (free) AMT department math test.  AMT Department Chair permission is required to take the AMT department math test. 

The Aviation Maintenance Program is offered in a recommended sequence of 24 courses, most of which are 18-day modules. However, flexibility in program design does allow some variation in sequence. Any variation must be approved by the department representative.

The program is divided into the following three areas of study:

General Subject Areas: These courses, contain requirements which are common to both airframe and powerplant ratings. AMT 102, AMT 105, AMT 106, AMT 107, AMT 108, AMT 203 and AMT 204 are required prior to entry into the airframe and powerplant subject areas.

Airframe Subject Areas: Students who have completed all of the courses in the airframe and general subject areas, plus WLD 210, may receive a certificate of completion which qualifies them to take FAA tests for an Aviation Mechanic Certificate with the Airframe rating.

Powerplant Subject Areas: Students who have completed all of the courses in the powerplant and general subject areas may receive a certificate of completion which qualifies them to take FAA tests for an Aviation Mechanic Certificate with the Powerplant rating.

Aviation Maintenance Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 108 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Aviation Maintenance Technology Degree Credit Summary

AMT90
WLD2
General Education16
Total Credits108

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
AMT 105Aviation CFRs and Related Subjects4
AMT 106Aircraft Applied Science4
AMT 107Materials & Processes4
General Education4
Second Term
AMT 102Aircraft Electricity I4
AMT 203Aircraft Electricity II4
AMT 204Aircraft Electricity III4
General Education4
Third Term
AMT 108AMT Practicum/General2
AMT 109Assembly & Rigging4
AMT 208Aircraft Systems4
AMT 211Composite Structures4
Fourth Term
AMT 212Sheet Metal4
AMT 213Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Landing Gear4
WLD 210Aviation Welding2
Fifth Term
AMT 115Aircraft Structures & Inspection4
AMT 117Reciprocating Engine Theory & Maintenance4
AMT 214Instruments, Communication & Navigation Systems4
AMT 216AMT Practicum/Airframe2
Sixth Term
AMT 121Turbine Engine Theory and Maintenance4
AMT 219Turbine Engine Overhaul4
AMT 222Reciprocating Engine Overhaul4
General Education4
Seventh Term
AMT 120Propellers and Engine Installation4
AMT 123Ignition Systems4
AMT 124Fuel Metering Systems4
General Education4
Eighth Term
AMT 218Powerplant Inspection4
AMT 225AMT Practicum/ Powerplant2
 Total Credits: 108

Two-Year Certificate

Aviation Maintenance Technology

One-Year Certificate

Aviation Maintenance Technology: Airframe
Aviation Maintenance Technology: Powerplant

Aviation Maintenance Technology Two-Year Certificate

Minimum 92 credits. Students must meet certificate requirements. The Aviation Maintenance Technology Certificate is a related certificate. All courses are contained in the Aviation Maintenance Technology AAS Degree.

Aviation Maintenance Technology Certificate Credit Summary

AMT90
WLD2
Total Credits92

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
AMT 105Aviation CFRs and Related Subjects4
AMT 106Aircraft Applied Science4
AMT 107Materials & Processes4
Second Term
AMT 102Aircraft Electricity I4
AMT 203Aircraft Electricity II4
AMT 204Aircraft Electricity III4
Third Term
AMT 108AMT Practicum/General2
AMT 109Assembly & Rigging4
AMT 208Aircraft Systems4
AMT 211Composite Structures4
Fourth Term
AMT 212Sheet Metal4
AMT 213Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Landing Gear4
WLD 210Aviation Welding2
Fifth Term
AMT 115Aircraft Structures & Inspection4
AMT 117Reciprocating Engine Theory & Maintenance4
AMT 214Instruments, Communication & Navigation Systems4
AMT 216AMT Practicum/Airframe2
Sixth Term
AMT 121Turbine Engine Theory and Maintenance4
AMT 218Powerplant Inspection4
AMT 222Reciprocating Engine Overhaul4
Seventh Term
AMT 120Propellers and Engine Installation4
AMT 123Ignition Systems4
AMT 124Fuel Metering Systems4
Eighth Term
AMT 219Turbine Engine Overhaul4
AMT 225AMT Practicum/ Powerplant2
 Total Credits: 92

Aviation Maintenance Technology: Airframe One-Year Certificate

Minimum 58 credits. Students must meet certificate requirements. The Airframe Certificate is a related certificate. All courses within the certificate are contained in the Aviation Maintenance Technology AAS Degree.

Airframe Certificate Credit Summary

AMT56
WLD2
Total Credits58

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
AMT 105Aviation CFRs and Related Subjects4
AMT 106Aircraft Applied Science4
AMT 107Materials & Processes4
Second Term
AMT 102Aircraft Electricity I4
AMT 203Aircraft Electricity II4
AMT 204Aircraft Electricity III4
Third Term
AMT 108AMT Practicum/General2
AMT 109Assembly & Rigging4
AMT 208Aircraft Systems4
AMT 211Composite Structures4
Fourth Term
AMT 212Sheet Metal4
AMT 213Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Landing Gear4
WLD 210Aviation Welding2
Fifth Term
AMT 115Aircraft Structures & Inspection4
AMT 214Instruments, Communication & Navigation Systems4
AMT 216AMT Practicum/Airframe2
 Total Credits: 58

Aviation Maintenance Technology: Powerplant One-Year Certificate

Minimum 60 credits. Students must meet certificate requirements. The Powerplant Certificate is a related certificate. All courses are contained in the Aviation Maintenance Technology AAS Degree.

Powerplant Certificate Credit Summary

AMT60
Total Credits60

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
AMT 105Aviation CFRs and Related Subjects4
AMT 106Aircraft Applied Science4
AMT 107Materials & Processes4
Second Term
AMT 102Aircraft Electricity I4
AMT 203Aircraft Electricity II4
AMT 204Aircraft Electricity III4
Third Term
AMT 108AMT Practicum/General2
AMT 121Turbine Engine Theory and Maintenance4
AMT 123Ignition Systems4
AMT 219Turbine Engine Overhaul4
Fourth Term
AMT 117Reciprocating Engine Theory & Maintenance4
AMT 120Propellers and Engine Installation4
AMT 124Fuel Metering Systems4
Fifth Term
AMT 218Powerplant Inspection4
AMT 222Reciprocating Engine Overhaul4
AMT 225AMT Practicum/ Powerplant2
 Total Credits: 60

Courses

AMT 101. Introduction to Aviation Maintenance Technology. 1 Credit.

Covers aviation maintenance technology careers, including program admission and completion requirements, continuing training and certification requirements, general industry safety standards, and career opportunities within the aviation maintenance industry. This course is a prerequisite for all other AMT courses.

AMT 102. Aircraft Electricity I. 4 Credits.

Includes basic electrical theory, interpretation of electrical schematics, principles of component operation, and alternating current theory. Prerequisites: Placement into RD 90 or higher; WR 90 or higher; AMT 101 with a minimum grade of "C" or higher and MTH 60 or with AMT Department Chair permission, the department Math test with 70% or higher. Audit available.

AMT 105. Aviation CFRs and Related Subjects. 4 Credits.

Presents federal aviation regulations as they pertain to the aircraft mechanic, plus some "action" learning on servicing and operation of the aircraft on the ground. Prerequisites: Placement into RD 90 or higher; WR 90 or higher; AMT 101 with a minimum grade of "C" or higher. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: MTH 60 or with AMT Department Chair permission, the AMT Department Math test with a 70% or higher. Audit available.

AMT 106. Aircraft Applied Science. 4 Credits.

Covers aircraft weight and balance procedures and associated record keeping. Also covers aircraft drawings, precision measuring tools and some basic principles of physics. Prerequisites: Placement into RD 90 or higher; placement into WR 90 or higher; AMT 101 with a minimum grade of "C" or higher and MTH 60 or with AMT Department Chair permission, the AMT Department Math test with a 70% or higher. Audit available.

AMT 107. Materials & Processes. 4 Credits.

Covers several general aircraft maintenance subjects including power tools, shop equipment, aircraft hardware, fluid lines and fittings, non-destructive testing methods, heat treatment, aircraft cleaning, and corrosion control. Prerequisites: Placement into RD 90 or higher; placement into WR 90 or higher; AMT 101 with a minimum grade of "C" or higher and MTH 60 or with AMT Department Chair permission, the AMT Department Math test with a 70% or higher. Audit available.

AMT 108. AMT Practicum/General. 2 Credits.

Provides further development of students' skills through practical application before graduation from the FAA- approved Airframe or Powerplant curriculum. This course is used as a comprehensive tool to evaluate student strengths and weaknesses. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106, AMT 107, and MTH 60 or Department Math test with a 70% or higher. Audit available.

AMT 109. Assembly & Rigging. 4 Credits.

Covers methods of assembly and rigging commonly used in preparing both fixed and rotary wing aircraft for a safe test flight. Includes analysis of test flight reports and recommended rigging corrections necessary to produce a safe and efficient aircraft. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106, AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 115. Aircraft Structures & Inspection. 4 Credits.

Examines structural designs and methods of inspecting the aircraft to assure continued operation in the "as engineered" configuration. Emphasizes the interpretation of airworthiness directives, service bulletins and other maintenance documents. Technical writing skills required to complete FAA forms and records. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106 and AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 117. Reciprocating Engine Theory & Maintenance. 4 Credits.

Covers aircraft reciprocating engine theory and various maintenance procedures and techniques. Includes the use of manufacturer's publications. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106 and AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 120. Propellers and Engine Installation. 4 Credits.

Examines propeller theory and repair within limitations imposed by FAA Regulation Part 65, plus control and auxiliary systems, such as anti-ice and synchronization. Unducted fan systems are explored and engine removal and installation are accomplished. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106, AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 121. Turbine Engine Theory and Maintenance. 4 Credits.

Presents theory for all turbine engines, but does not build expertise in any one design. Maintenance includes inspection, checking, servicing and repairing turbine engines and turbine engine installations. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106, AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 123. Ignition Systems. 4 Credits.

Covers reciprocating and turbine engine ignition system theory and overhaul practices, plus the relationships of the complete ignition system to the powerplant and its operation. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106 and AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 124. Fuel Metering Systems. 4 Credits.

Examines the many methods used to move air and fuel into and through an engine in a ratio producing safe and efficient engine operation under widely varying conditions. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106 and AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 203. Aircraft Electricity II. 4 Credits.

Presents basic electronic theory; inspection and servicing of aircraft batteries; study of electrical system components; the installation and servicing of airframe/engine electrical wiring, controls, switches, indicators and protective devices; and electrical system inspection and troubleshooting. Prerequisites: Placement into RD 90 or higher; WR 90 or higher; AMT 101 with a minimum grade of "C" or higher and MTH 60 or with AMT Department Chair permission, the AMT Department Math test with a 70% or higher. Audit available.

AMT 204. Aircraft Electricity III. 4 Credits.

Covers airframe/engine electrical components; inspection, check, service and repair of alternating and direct current electrical systems; the application of electrical principles used in sensing, indicating and control of airframe and powerplant systems. Prerequisites: Placement into RD 90 or higher; WR 90 or higher; AMT 101 with a minimum grade of "C" or higher and MTH 60 or with AMT Department Chair permission, the AMT Department Math test with a 70% or higher. Audit available.

AMT 208. Aircraft Systems. 4 Credits.

Examines various airframe systems. Includes ice and rain, cabin atmosphere, position and warning, and fire protection. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106, AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 211. Composite Structures. 4 Credits.

Covers modern bonded structures such as honeycomb and laminated components. Includes discussion of inspection and limited repairs to wood structures. Examines methods of removing finishes, corrosion proofing and painting aircraft and aircraft components. Includes inspection and recovering operations for fabric covered aircraft. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106, and AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 212. Sheet Metal. 4 Credits.

Covers methods for sheet metal repairs to aircraft and methods of forming repair parts for damaged aircraft. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106 and AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 213. Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Landing Gear. 4 Credits.

Covers inspection and repair of aircraft landing gear and hydraulic system components. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106 and AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 214. Instruments, Communication & Navigation Systems. 4 Credits.

Presents basic functions, internal workings and maintenance procedures for instruments, communication, navigation and autopilot systems used on complex, modern aircraft. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106, AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 216. AMT Practicum/Airframe. 2 Credits.

Provides further development of students' skills through practical application before graduating from the FAA-approved Airframe curriculum. This course is used as a comprehensive tool to evaluate student strengths and weaknesses. Prerequisite: AMT 108. Prerequisite/concurrent: AMT 208, AMT 109, AMT 211, AMT 212, AMT 213, AMT 214, AMT 115, WLD 210. Audit available.

AMT 218. Powerplant Inspection. 4 Credits.

Covers proper inspection of the entire engine installation, including exhaust systems, engine instrumentation, lubrication systems and control systems. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106 and AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 219. Turbine Engine Overhaul. 4 Credits.

Covers removing, disassembling, cleaning, inspecting, reassembling and reinstalling a turbine engine. Emphasizes engine manufacturer's publications. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106, AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 222. Reciprocating Engine Overhaul. 4 Credits.

Covers machining and overhaul processes for reciprocating engines. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106 and AMT 107. Audit available.

AMT 225. AMT Practicum/ Powerplant. 2 Credits.

Provides further development of students' skills through practical application before graduating from the FAA-approved Powerplant curriculum. This course is used as a comprehensive tool to evaluate student strengths and weaknesses. Prerequisite: AMT 108 Prerequisites/concurrent: AMT 117, AMT 218, AMT 219, AMT 120, AMT 121, AMT 222, AMT 123, AMT 124. Audit available.

AMT 228. A&P Shop Practice. 1-4 Credit.

Some students feel the need for more shop experience in areas of choice. When it is within the practical capabilities of the department to offer that experience, the student may take one or more shop practice modules. The module may, under some circumstances, be substituted for the A&P Make-up course. Completion of most of the required A&P courses is desirable. Audit available.