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Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science – 81 credits
Program contacts: Division of Technical Programs Office, (815) 921-3000 or Aviation Maintenance Technology program, (815) 921-3015
Federally-licensed graduates of this program are prepared to assume positions as airline or general aviation engine and/or airframe mechanics. The program is certified to provide approved instruction leading to FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate examinations. Currently, 2,000 hours of instruction are offered in the areas of airframe and powerplant, which translates to 11 months of instruction in each year of the two-year program.
In addition to the general aviation engine and/or airframe mechanic, graduates have also found work in other job-related areas, such as sheet metal construction and repair, reciprocating and turbine engine repair and overhaul, engine accessory overhaul and repair, air conditioning systems, welding, hydraulics, pneumatics, and electrical systems maintenance.
The program provides the first two years of a baccalaureate program for those who wish to pursue a four-year degree. Graduates also receive preferential admission status when they apply to the B.S. in Aviation Management or Aviation Technologies programs at Northern Illinois University and/or Southern Illinois University.
The RVC/AVM program does not accept transfer credits for aviation courses completed at any other institution.
The following procedures indicate steps to be taken by an applicant for the Aviation Maintenance Technology program.
1. You must complete the Rock Valley College "Enrollment Information Form" and return it to our office in the enclosed, stamped-addressed envelope for your convenience.
2. You must complete the "Student Application Form" for Aviation Maintenance Technology and return it to our office in the same enclosed, stamped-addressed envelope. If you need to drop off your applications, please take them both to our office at the Aviation Center, Rock Valley College, 6349 Falcon Rd., Rockford IL 61109, or the Technical Programs office, Rock Valley College, 4151 Samuelson Rd., Rockford IL 61109. Seats in the program are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
3. Applicants must be high school graduates or GED earners. Non-high school graduates must be age 18 years or older.
4. Selection is based on first-come, first served. Applicants not selected one year may apply again, using the above procedure.