Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT): Diploma Summary

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Do you enjoy working with your hands and being around aircraft? An aviation maintenance technician (AMT) diploma may be right for you. Typical coursework includes math for aviation, hydraulics and airframe maintenance. Read on to find out more about this exciting diploma opportunity.
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What is an Aviation Maintenance Technician Diploma?

In this diploma program, you will learn how to properly repair and inspect the frame and mechanical components of aircraft. You will learn all facets of aircraft maintenance as you work on airplane hydraulics, electronics, navigation, engines and other systems. Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to take an aviation maintenance technician certification exam.

Skills You Will Learn

Throughout the course of the diploma program, you will be trained to work on a variety of different planes. You will learn how to troubleshoot mechanical systems and use hand tools and maintenance technology to properly repair and maintain all aspects of the aircraft. In addition, you will be taught the proper safety procedures for working as an aircraft mechanic.


In a typical aviation maintenance technician diploma program, you will encounter the following courses:

  • Math for Aviation
  • Airframe Maintenance
  • Hydraulics
  • Basic Electricity
  • Communication Skills
  • Hardware and Technology

Why Get an Aviation Maintenance Technician Diploma?

To become a professional aviation maintenance technician, you must first pass a certification exam. The best way to prepare for such an exam is to study for a diploma in the field. A diploma will also show to employers that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to be an aviation mechanic.

What Can I Do with an Aviation Maintenance Technician Diploma?

Those who complete this diploma program go on to become aircraft and avionics mechanics and service technicians. These people work for commercial and private transportation companies, as well as for the Federal Government and aerospace manufacturing firms.

Job Outlook and Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) predicts that the demand for aviation mechanics will increase about as fast as the national average until at least the year 2014. The median hourly income for aviation mechanics was around $22 per hour in 2004.

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