Aviation Maintenance Technology

The collective public has very high expectations when it comes to the safety of aircraft flying overhead and the Federal Aviation Administration has charged Helena College with providing quality meaningful instruction to prospective Aviation Maintenance Technicians to meet that challenge.

The mission of the Aviation Maintenance Technology program at Helena College University of Montana is to provide entry-level technicians who are trained in the fundamentals of aircraft maintenance with respect to general aviation and the light utility helicopter industry. With this training, a technician will be prepared for employment in many different occupations in the aviation industry including: Fixed Base Operations, Repair Stations, Commuter Airlines, Air Cargo, Aircraft Restoration, Flight Schools and Aerial Fire Fighting, to name a few.

Students are trained above and beyond the standards outlined in 14 CFR 147 (FAR Part 147) and the guidelines set forth in the program approved curriculum. Upon completion of 1900 hours of course work, students will be prepared to take three written exams and sit with a Designated Maintenance Examiner qualified by the FAA to be given three Oral and Practical Exams.

Upon completion of the required FAA tests, a student will be certificated by the FAA as a mechanic with either or both an airframe and powerplant rating. With additional general coursework through Helena College University of Montana students will also be awarded an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Students need professional tools to gain employment upon graduation; therefore, they are required to purchase a tool set as outlined in the tool section. Students are required to purchase school-approved coveralls and red rags for use in the shops and are responsible for a cleaning fee each semester.

Gainful Employment

Aviation Maintenance Technology
Associate of Applied Science

Career Outlook: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations.

Modest employment growth is expected as air travel gradually increases over the coming decade. However, as airlines increasingly outsource maintenance work to other countries, employment growth is expected to be limited.

Job prospects should be best for mechanics and technicians who hold an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate and a bachelor’s degree in aircraft maintenance. Job prospects also will be better for those who keep up with technical advances in aircraft electronics and composite materials.

Job opportunities may arise from the need to replace mechanics who leave the workforce. Over the next decade, many aircraft mechanics are expected to retire. As older mechanics retire and younger mechanics advance, entry-level positions may open up.

However, if airlines continue to send maintenance work to other countries, competition for new jobs will remain strong.

Employment Opportunities with SOC Code:
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 49-3011.00
Avionics Technicians 49-2091.00
Aviation Inspectors 53-6051.01

Salary Forecast: MT CO
Aircraft Mechanics & ServiceTechnicians  49-3011.00 46,630 57,250
Avionics Technicians 49-2091.00 33,110 46,260
Aviation Inspectors 53-6051.01 52,300 68,510

For the most current salary information please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook found at www.bls.gov/ooh/.

Program Cost:
Approximately $7,300

Associate of Applied Science

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Length of Program: 4 Semesters
Type of Program: Associate of Applied Science
Semester of Entry: Fall and Spring.
The suggested sequence in this catalog is for students entering in the fall semester.
Please see your advisor for a suggested spring entry sequence.

For more information, please contact the Student Support Center


Fall Semester

AVMT100 Intro to Aviation Maintenance/Mathematics and Basic Physics 2
AVMT105 Basic Electricity 2
AVMT110 Aircraft Drawings/Weight and Balance 2
AVMT115 Materials and Processes/Fluid Lines and Fittings/Cleaning and Corrosion Control 3
AVMT120 Ground Operation and Servicing 2
AVMT125 Maintenance Publications/Forms & Records/Mechanic Privileges & Limitations 2
AVMT130 Basic Aerodynamics 2
AVMT135 Assembly & Rigging/Airframe Inspection 3
M111T Technical Mathematics 3
Total Semester Credits 21

Spring Semester

AVMT140 Sheet Metal 3
AVMT145 Composites and Plastics 3
AVMT150 Wood Structures 2
AVMT155 Aircraft Covering/Aircraft Finishes 2
AVMT160 Aircraft Welding 3
AVMT165 Hydraulic and Pneumatic Power Systems 3
AVMT170 Aircraft Landing Gear Systems/Position and Warning Systems 2
Total Semester Credits 18


Fall Semester

AVMT205 Aircraft Electrical Systems 2
AVMT210 Aircraft Fuel Systems/Fire Protection Systems/Ice and Rain Control Systems 3
AVMT215 Cabin Atmosphere Control Systems 2
AVMT220 Aircraft Instrument Systems/Communication and Navigation Systems 3
AVMT225 Development of Aircraft Powerplants 2
AVMT230 Reciprocating Engines and Systems 6
WRIT121T Introduction to Technical Writing 3
Total Semester Credits 21

Spring Semester

AVMT235 Turbine Engines and Systems 6
AVMT240 Engine Instrument Systems 2
AVMT245 Engine Electrical Systems/Auxiliary Power Unit 2
AVMT250 Engine Fire Protection Systems 2
AVMT255 Propellers and Unducted Fans 6
HR110T Human Relations 2
Total Semester Credits 20
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