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Aviation Maintenance Technology

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Keeping a fleet of aircraft running like clockwork requires qualified professionals with the training, skill, and passion for aviation maintenance technology. Start your hands-on aircraft maintenance training today and graduate in about 17 months.


Do you have a knack for technical and mechanical details? Do you enjoy working with your hands and can see yourself on a team of technicians who keep the airways safe? Offered conveniently in Kern County, California Aeronautical University offers an aviation maintenance technology (AMT) program to prepare students for careers as airframe and powerplant (A&P) technicians.

Through the CAU AMT program, students will learn how to maintain and repair aircraft engines, propellers, power train systems, hydraulic systems, radio communications equipment, and much more.

This fast-paced, hands-on aviation program can be completed in about 17 months, with the option to earn an associate’s degree in just 5 additional months. Each graduate receives a personalized 263-piece Sonic Tools toolkit upon graduation, valued at $6,000.


Aviation Maintenance Technology Program Highlights

Accelerated Program

Offered in fast-paced, year-round classes, students can earn their AMT diploma in about 17 months and an Associate's Degree in about 22 months. On-campus student housing is available.

Financial Aid &
GI Bill®

The University offers financial aid, tuition reduction programs, and the GI Bill® to those who qualify.

Sonic Tools Partnership

Through CAU's partnership with Sonic Tools, each graduate receives a personalized 263-piece Sonic Tools toolkit upon graduation, valued at $6,000 per toolkit.

Graduate Services

The University's Graduate Services Department provides individualized career planning assistance to help students find employment upon graduating, including resume review, mock interviews and job lead development.

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Our Aircraft Maintenance Programs

Program Description

The Aviation Maintenance Technology diploma program is designed to provide the necessary educational opportunities through hands-on training and academic study for a student to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to enter the industry as an entry-level airframe and powerplant (A&P) technician. A&P technicians are trained to inspect, troubleshoot, service and repair aircraft components and systems within applicable regulations.

In addition to the technical knowledge gained in the diploma program, students who choose to earn their Aviation Maintenance Technology degree will also gain skills in communication, decision-making, conflict resolution, and appropriate interpersonal interaction necessary to successfully carry out their FAA Mechanic privileges with inspectors, pilots, aircraft owners, and suppliers.

CAU AMT program - student working on airplane


Graduates will be eligible to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) examinations. Upon successful completion of the written exams, the graduate will be eligible to take the oral and practical examinations to complete the requirements for the A&P Certificate.

Career Planning

After successfully passing the program and FAA exams, the Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic may enter a number of employment areas, such as:

  • general aviation
  • fixed-base operation
  • executive aircraft services
  • major airlines
  • aircraft contractors
  • modification operations
  • manufacturers as A&P mechanics and technicians
  • other non-aviation specific positions working as a technician

AMT Course List

Aircraft Maintenance Lab

AMT students receive hands-on, in-person training in the University’s aircraft maintenance lab. Complete with electrical boxes and individual stations, students can practice their maintenance skills on the actual equipment that they may be using on the job.

The lab is located in the 32,000-sq-ft hangar of the University’s on-airport main campus. With on-campus student housing, dining facility, and other amenities, students can enjoy an immersive aviation experience at the main campus where they live, eat, and breathe aviation.

CAU's Partnership With Sonic Tools

Understanding the importance of an aviation mechanic’s tools and toolbox, CAU developed a partnership with Sonic Tools that provides aspiring aviation mechanics with the tools needed for them to excel in their future careers.

Through the partnership, each graduate of the Aviation Maintenance Technology program will receive a personalized 263-piece Sonic Tools toolkit upon graduation, valued at $6,000 per toolkit.

Since many employers expect their technicians to supply their own tools on the job and a quality toolkit is a significant investment that might delay employment, CAU students will be well-prepared for their careers as soon as they graduate.

The professional, precision-engineered Sonic Tools toolkit includes:

  • 7 shallow and 1 deep drawer with anti-tilt mechanism
  • Screwdriver and Utility Set
  • Combo Set 1/4, 3/8, 1/2”
  • Wrench Set (SAE)
  • Plier and Punch Set
  • Rolling and locking capability

“At CAU, we feel it’s important to equip our students with the knowledge and tools needed for successful careers. For our aircraft maintenance tech students, that means having the tools to perform the job as soon as they’re ready for gainful employment,” said Matthew Johnston, President of CAU.

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Program Offered

The AMT program is offered conveniently at the University’s main campus in Bakersfield. On-campus housing is available for the duration of the program.

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