The UAF Community and Technical College aviation maintenance technology program is one of the only FAA-certified, Part-147 school programs in the nation that can be completed in just 12 months. The program offers an associate’s degree in aviation maintenance and certificates in airframe, powerplant, or airframe and powerplant.
About the Program
The aviation maintenance program is a recent recipient of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Diamond Certificate of Excellence award, the agency’s most prestigious award given in recognition of top aviation maintenance technicians and their employers. The program is designed to prepare students for the FAA’s airframe and powerplant exam. Passing the exam allows students to find jobs in aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and other maintenance-related fields, as well as perform maintenance on personal aircraft.
After receiving a certificate, students may elect to complete the associate of applied science (AAS) degree in maintenance technology. This option is also open to students who have an FAA mechanics certificate, regardless of how or where it was obtained. Students are encouraged to pursue the degree or certificate program. However, students do have the option of enrolling in individual classes on a space-available basis.
Students who have completed an AAS degree may elect to continue their education by completing a bachelor of technology (BT) degree. Another option available to students is to continue their training in Calgary, Canada, at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Students completing six classes at SAIT can qualify to sit for the Canadian Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license.
The program is located in the newly renovated Hutchison Institute of Technology, minutes away from Fairbanks International Airport and the UAF main campus. With more than 12,000 square feet of shop, classroom, and office area, the space has been organized to give students every possible learning advantage. The shops are designed to make work efficient, and the entire facility is equipped in keeping with the latest industry needs and practices. Class size is limited, to ensure individual instruction and attention. Instructors are all experienced aviation professionals. Not only do they have excellent technical skills and knowledge, but they also know how to communicate their knowledge and skills to students.
Most aviation maintenance graduates choose to work in general aviation (small aircraft). Many have gone on to become lead mechanics, shop foremen, and directors of maintenance at various FAA Part 135 (Air Taxi) Operations. Local employers of UAF Community and Technical College graduates include Tanana Air Service, 40 Mile Air, LTD, Bering Air, Frontier Flying Service, North Slope Borough Search and Rescue, Everts Air Fuel, Northern Air Cargo, Larry's Flying Service, Wright's Air Service, Air Logistics, Tamarack Air LTD, Tundra Copters, and Warbelow's Air Service.
Special Admissions Requirements
Students must arrange for a program interview with an available faculty advisor from the program. Students who are admitted to UAF will be accepted into the AMT program following the interview on a priority basis. Only 25 students are accepted into each certificate class.
The Don Berry and the Fritz Ebert Scholarships are awarded to students demonstrating academic excellence, financial need, and commitment to the AMT program.
The Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation will award a $500 aviation scholarship each spring. This scholarship was established in memory of Alaskan aviators by their families. The scholarship is available to students who have spent at least two of the last three years as an Alaska resident, and who have completed at least 30 percent of the work toward their professional goal or have a private pilot certificate.
Kevin Alexander, Coordinator
Aviation Maintenance Technology
UAF Community and Technical College
P.O. Box 758080
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
phone: (907) 455-2921