Rock Valley College

Aviation Maintenance Technology Degree

Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science – 82 credits
Program contact: Aviation Maintenance Technology Program, (815) 921-3016

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 online or fill it out and return it to our office in a stamped-addressed envelope or in-person along with your aviation student application (step #2).
  2. You must complete the Aviation Maintenance Technology “Information Request Form” online and contact the recruitment office at (815) 921-4250 to set up a required one-on-one meeting with a Coordinator of New Student Enrollment.
  3. Applicants must be high school graduates, GED earners or high school students in good standing.  Note: Federal regulations state that a mechanics license, Airframe or Powerplant, can only be issued to individuals 18 years of age 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
  AVM-101 Materials and Processes
  AVM-102 Basic Electricity
  AVM-103 Aviation Math and Physics
  AVM-104 Records and Publications
  AVM-105 Aircraft Drawing--Weight & Balance
  AVM-106 Cleaning and Corrosion Control
  AVM-160 Fuel and Lubrication Systems
  AVM-161 Engine Support Systems
  AVM-162 Basic Powerplants
  AVM-163 Ignition Systems
  AVM-164 Advanced Powerplants
  AVM-165 Engine Electrical Systems
  AVM-166 Propeller Systems
  AVM-241 Aircraft Finishing and Covering
  AVM-242 Cabin Atmosphere Control Systems
  AVM-243 Aircraft Welding
  AVM-244 Aircraft Auxiliary Systems
  AVM-245 Aircraft Electrical Systems
  AVM-246 Aircraft Instrument & Communication Sys.
  AVM-247 Aircraft Metal Structures
  AVM-248 Hydraulic & Pneumatic Cont. Sys.
  AVM-249 Aircraft Fuel Systems
  AVM-250 Assembly & Rigging
  AVM-251 Landing Gears Systems
  AVM-252 Airframe Inspection

General Education Course Requirements: (6 credits)

Number Title
  ENG-101 Composition I
  ENG-110 Introduction to Technical Writing
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication
  ENG-103 Composition II

Potential Careers & Wages