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 also complete the "Student Application Form" for Aviation Maintenance Technology. Fill in the fields on the pdf document and e-mail it to or print and fill it out and return it to our office. If you need to drop off your Enrollment Information Form and Student Application Form, please take them both to our office at:

    Rock Valley College Aviation Career Education Center
    6045 Cessna Drive
    Rockford, IL 61109


    Rock Valley College 
    Student Center Information Desk
    3301 N. Mulford Rd.
    Rockford, IL 61114

    Seats in the program are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  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.

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