Aviation Maintenance Technology
Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) is a four-semester instructional program that prepares individuals to inspect, repair, service, and overhaul aircraft and engine components and systems. This program is designed to introduce students to the rewarding profession of aviation maintenance while exposing them to the theories of operation for the various aircraft systems. This program also fully prepares students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exams necessary to obtain their Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) rating as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician.
AMT students study a wide array of subjects, ranging from physics and aerodynamics to engine systems and aircraft structures. Students are introduced to, and become familiar with the mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, and structural elements of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Instruction is provided in the classroom as well as in the hangar/shop. Students are given opportunities to learn while working on FAA certificated aircraft.
Successful completion of this program will result in the student receiving a Technical Certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technology. Students also have the option of obtaining an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree by successfully completing a minimum of 15 academic hours in addition to, or in conjunction with, this program.
Hinds Community College is an FAA-approved Aviation Maintenance Technician school that operates within the guidelines set forth in FAR Part 147. The Aircraft Maintenance Technician certification (A&P rating) process consists of successfully passing written, oral, and practical examinations for each of the three subject areas taught; General, Powerplant, and Airframe. The examinations are administered by an FAA Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME) and can be taken at the school. The “Powerplant” rating is usually obtained during the students 3rd semester of the program and the “Airframe” license is usually obtained at the end of the students 4th semester.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job growth for aircraft mechanics and service technicians is expected to be about as fast as the average for all occupations. It also states that job opportunities should be favorable for people who have completed an aircraft mechanic/technician training program. Read all about it here: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos179.htm
Students can also become members of the Aviation Chapter of the Hinds Community College Alumni Association and enjoy the camaraderie among those who have similar interests as theirs. Click here for more information.
The majority of AMT Program graduates have gone on to become successful in the aviation community. Opportunities are available worldwide.