Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Aviation Maintenance Technology Degree

Explore certificates related to this degree...Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science – 82 credits
Program contact: Aviation Maintenance Technology Program, (815) 921-3016  or Division of Technical Programs Office, (815) 921-3000



Program overview

Federally-licensed graduates of the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AVM) 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.

Work and employment

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.

Transfer Opportunities

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, Southern Illinois University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Students should consult with an academic advisor, or the Dean or Academic Chair of the Aviation Maintenance Technology program.

Previous College Credit

The RVC/AVM program does not accept transfer credits for aviation courses completed at any other institution.

 

Applying for the program

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.

Aviation Maintenance Course Requirements (76 credits)

Number Title Credits
  AVM-101 Materials and Processes (3)
  AVM-102 Basic Electricity (3)
  AVM-103 Aviation Math and Physics (2)
  AVM-104 Records and Publications (3)
  AVM-105 Aircraft Drawing--Weight & Balance (3)
  AVM-106 Cleaning and Corrosion Control (3)
  AVM-160 Fuel and Lubrication Systems (6)
  AVM-161 Engine Support Systems (3)
  AVM-162 Basic Powerplants (6)
  AVM-163 Ignition Systems (3)
  AVM-164 Advanced Powerplants (6)
  AVM-165 Engine Electrical Systems (2)
  AVM-166 Propeller Systems (3)
  AVM-241 Aircraft Finishing and Covering (3)
  AVM-242 Cabin Atmosphere Control Systems (2)
  AVM-243 Aircraft Welding (1)
  AVM-244 Aircraft Auxiliary Systems (1)
  AVM-245 Aircraft Electrical Systems (3)
  AVM-246 Aircraft Instrument & Communication Sys. (2)
  AVM-247 Aircraft Metal Structures (6)
  AVM-248 Hydraulic & Pneumatic Cont. Sys. (3)
  AVM-249 Aircraft Fuel Systems (1)
  AVM-250 Assembly & Rigging (3)
  AVM-251 Landing Gears Systems (3)
  AVM-252 Airframe Inspection (2)

General Education Course Requirements: (6 credits)

Number Title Credits
  ENG-101 Composition I (3)
  ENG-110 Introduction to Technical Writing, or
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication, or
  ENG-103 Composition II (3)