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Aviation Maintenance Technology

There's good news when it comes to the aviation world. There will be 584,000 new maintenance technicians needed to maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years. And RVC boasts one of the best Aviation Maintenance Technology programs in the country.

Aviation Maintenance Technology Degree

About the Program

RVC offers: a program of the highest quality – at a significantly lower cost than other options in the region; a state-of-the-art Aviation Career Education Center at Chicago Rockford International Airport; outstanding faculty with a combined 150+ years of diverse experience in the field; an impressive learning experience in both the instruction lab and classroom environment; both a two-year, FAA approved degree program and an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic certification program.

Students learn everything from materials and processes, aircraft drawing, fuel and lubrication systems, ignition systems, propeller systems, assembly and rigging, and so much more in this exciting field. Along with our passion for aircraft and the knowledge, technology, and power required to maintain it, we have the focus and unique commitment essential to the success of a new generation of students: tomorrow's cross-cultural, cross-generational workforce.

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Admission Requirements

How to Apply

The following steps are required for Aviation Maintenance Technology program applicants:

  1. You must complete the Rock Valley College Enrollment Information Form online or fill it out and return it to the Student Center Information Desk (Rock Valley College, Student Center Information Desk, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114).
  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 New Student Enrollment Coordinator.
  3. Determine placement by completing the placement test (ACCUPLACER) or by providing ACT/SAT scores (test must be completed within the last 3 years) or a college transcript. Learn more about RVC placement requirements here.
  4. 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.
  5. Upon registration applicants must complete a participant agreement form and any other forms required by the college and attend an orientation session prior to beginning the program.
  6. Seats in the program are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants not selected one year may apply again, using the above procedure.

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


What can I do with this degree?

Potential Careers & Wages

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.

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.

Program Pathways

Students should meet with a Career Advisor to develop a clear academic pathway leading to a seamless transfer experience. 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. For additional possibilities that may require an advanced degree or certification, make an appointment with a Career Advisor.