AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY
MORE THAN PILOT TRAINING
California Aeronautical University has a lot more to offer than just pilot training. Keeping a fleet of aircraft running like clockwork requires qualified professionals with the training, skill and passion for aviation maintenance technology.
Can you see yourself on the team of technicians who keep the airway safe and have a knack for technical and mechanical details? Our aircraft maintenance program is designed to help you learn skills used in keeping fleets of planes running smoothly.
AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
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 & VA Benefits
The University offers financial aid to those who qualify with grants, loans, scholarships, and accepts military and veteran's benefits.
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.
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.
OUR AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
The courses in the combined Associate of Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology Degree and AMT Diploma are designed to provide the necessary educational opportunities through classroom and laboratory teaching for a person to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to enter the industry as an entry-level Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic. Graduates will be eligible to take the Federal Aviation Administration examinations. Through our AMT Programs, you will learn how to maintain and repair aircraft engines, propellers, power train systems, hydraulic systems, radio communications equipment and much more.
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 FAA (A&P) Certificate. From there, 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
- Technical writers
This program runs for 17 months – roughly 1 year and 3 months and classes are scheduled every 5 weeks. Class will run 8 hours daily from 7:30-11:30, break for lunch from 11:30-12:10, and return to class from 12:10-4:10, Monday through Friday.
The CAU Aircraft and Aviation Maintenance Technology Diploma program covers the following modules:
- Electrical Theory
- Materials and Processes
- General Aviation Maintenance
- Non-metallic Aircraft Structures
- Metallic Aircraft Structures
- Composite Structures
- Aviation Law for Mechanics
- Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems
- Airframe Systems I
- Airframe Systems II
- Reciprocating Engine Theory and Maintenance
- Turbine Engine Theory and Maintenance
- Powerplant Systems I
- Powerplant Systems II
- Propellers and Auxiliary Power Units
This program includes all courses and modules of the AMT Diploma program while allowing students to pursue a degree as well. Students can earn their Associate of Science Degree in just 5 additional months.
The CAU Aviation Maintenance Technology Associate of Science Degree covers the modules to the left, in addition to the following 8 courses:
- English Composition
- Elementary Algebra
- Intermediate Algebra
- General Psychology
- Spanish 1
- Speech Communications
- Group Dynamics
- Introduction to Sociology
CAU's Partnership With Sonic Tools
Sonic Tools will provide students in CAU’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program with professional, precision-crafted hand tools to perfect their skills while in school. Additionally, each graduate of the AMT program will receive a personalized 263-piece Sonic Tools toolkit upon graduation, valued at $6,000 per toolkit.
“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.
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.
Location Programs Offered
On-campus housing is available for the AMT programs at the main Bakersfield location for the duration of the program. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about the AMT programs and housing options!
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