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AFPM Program Goals
Academic Policies & Procedures
Aircraft & Equipment Operations
Safety Policies & Procedures
AMT Facility Use
Student Behavior


The goal of the AMT Program is to help meet the educational needs of individuals and the aviation needs of the State of Alaska, the nation and the world by training individuals to be highly qualified Aviation Maintenance Technicians. It is our belief that this goal can be accomplished by meeting the following objectives:

  1. Expect and practice the highest degree of ability, professionalism, and integrity on the part of the program faculty, staff, and students.
  2. Prepare, continually update, and present a comprehensive AFPM curriculum that reflects the skills, knowledge, judgment, and reasoning abilities required of modern aviation technicians.
  3. Obtain and maintain equipment and facilities that support all aspects of the instructional program efficiently and effectively.
  4. Provide necessary services for faculty, staff, and students in the areas of industry contacts, job placement, professional growth, university, personal, and financial services.


We thank you for joining us in this demanding, but rewarding endeavor. By reviewing, understanding, and following the procedures contained in these pages we can help to establish that cooperative effort that will aid us in achieving our mutual goals.


POLICY: The AMT Program operates under the policies of the University of Alaska Fairbanks as presented in the current UAF General Catalog, the Student Handbook, and under Federal Aviation Regulation Part 147 for certificated Aviation Maintenance Technician Training Schools. Policies should be reviewed in those documents. Common procedures are outlined below:

Admission: Admission into the AMT Program requires that the student apply to UAF, and complete either the SAT, ACT, or ASSET test. Students will only be admitted after a review of their application, test scores, and an interview with the AMT Program faculty.

General admission to the AMT Program is only available once a year, beginning immediately after Memorial Day. Space available is on a first-come, first served basis.

Limited admission to the AMT Program is available throughout the year only to those students with prior experience in the field of aviation maintenance, and only after satisfying the above conditions and securing approval of the AMT Program faculty on a space available basis.

Advising: All incoming students will be assigned a faculty advisor to help them achieve their educational goals. Advisors are available by appointment and should be consulted for signatures at registration and whenever questions arise.

It is recommended that all students pursue first the Certificate Program in Aviation Maintenance Technology and then the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology. If you are unclear about which Program you requested, consult with Admissions and Records or your advisor. To add either the Certificate or A.A.S. Degree, complete a "Change of Major" form, available from the A&P Program secretary or your advisor.

Transfer Credit: There are three ways that credit may be transferred into the AMT certificate or degree program. In general, courses for which credit may be transferred must have been taken at an FAA approved school.

  1. Credit for certificates held by students who have completed an approved Aviation Maintenance Training Program, may at the discretion of the AMT faculty, be substituted for all or part of the major degree requirements when pursuing an Associate of Applied Science Degree.
  2. Transfer of credits from a regionally accredited college or university requires the following three steps.
    1. Have official transcripts sent to Admissions and Records (A&R).
    2. Request a transcript evaluation from A&R.
    3. Petition for substitution of accepted transfer courses for fulfillment of AMT certificate or degree requirement. The AMT Program faculty and Dean of the College of Rural Alaska make the final determination regarding applicability of transfer courses.
  3. Credit for prior learning may be accepted as non-traditional academic credit and must be initiated through the Academic Advising Center.

Prerequisites: Most AMT courses have prerequisites. Students must meet those requirements prior to registering for a course. Prerequisites may be waived only with approval of the course instructor. Most prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of C or better. Refer to the current UAF course catalog for listed prerequisites.

Those individuals starting after the initial start date are allowed to do so based upon experience and background. They are responsible for material covered in previous classes. This normally will require additional self study to assure success.

Overloads: UAF has established 18 credits as the maximum study load that a student is allowed to take in fall and spring semesters. In general the AMT Program will not approve petitions for overloads (more than 19 credits) for students who have not demonstrated their academic abilities by maintaining at least a 3.0 G.P.A.

Student Records: Official student records are maintained on the University of Alaska computer system by the Office of Admissions and Records (A&R). Transcripts and grade reports are available through A&R.

Certificates and Letters of Completion: Students must submit an application for graduation (for either a Certificate or an A.A.S. Degree) before the third week of the semester in which they expect to graduate. Students successfully completing the certificate program will be given a "Letter of Completion" from the Graduation Office enabling them to take the FAA mechanic written exams after their final grades are submitted, posted, and a final certification checklist has been completed by the Graduation Office. Final grades are submitted within 2 days of the last class of a semester. FAA written exams must be scheduled by the individual student with a FAA written test examiner or computerized testing center. AFPM 270 & 272 must be completed no more than 30 days of issuance of the "Letter of Completion".

Oral and Practical Exams: Students in the certificate program who wish to take FAA oral and practical exams, prior to graduation, under Federal Aviation Regulation 65.80 may apply to do so when they are in their final phase of training (after completing all classes except 270 and 272). The student must have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher, be making satisfactory progress in the courses in which they are currently enrolled, and be unanimously endorsed by the AMT faculty. It is the responsibility of each student to provide documentation to the Program Coordinator that he or she meets these conditions before applications will be signed.


POLICY: All individuals involved with aircraft and equipment will conduct their operations in a manner that promotes the safest environment possible. Realizing that certain tasks performed by aviation technicians pose a potential hazard, the following guidelines have been established to reduce that hazard.

Operating Aircraft or Engines: Aircraft and aircraft engines are to be operated only under the direct supervision of a faculty member. A fire watch must be posted during operations with a minimum 5# carbon dioxide extinguisher or equivalent. The supervising instructor is responsible to insure that the students understand the starting, operation, shutdown, and emergency procedures. Aircraft must be chocked unless they are required to taxi. Personnel barriers must be properly placed and secured.

Batteries: Batteries are to be removed from all aircraft and stored in the appropriate battery room, unless they must be installed for instructional or operational purposes.

Towing and Moving Aircraft: Each time an aircraft is moved by any means other than its own power, a person must be assigned to guard each wing tip and the empennage, and a fourth person to direct the movement. AMT faculty and/or staff must supervise all aircraft movements. All movement is to be accomplished at a slow speed, and any contact with obstacles or other aircraft is be be reported to the Program Coordinator immediately.

Power Tools: Certain power tools and equipment require special knowledge and/or skills to operate properly. No student may operate any equipment unless he or she has been been instructed in its safe and proper operation by an appropriate faculty member.


POLICY: All operations in the AMT Program are conducted in a manner that promotes the health and safety of those involved as a first priority. The following procedures are to be followed to help in accomplishing this goal.


Building Security: The Hutchison Career Center is normally open between 7:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M. during the fall and spring semesters and between 7:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. during the summer semester.


  1. Fire Alarm: In the event of a fire alarm evacuate the building as quickly as possible through the nearest exit. Shut down any operating electrical equipment prior to leaving.
  2. Acute Illness or Injury: In the event of acute illness or injury inform the instructor and contact the University Risk Management (474-5413) and/or the Health Center (474-7043).
  3. Property Damage: In the event of property damage on the premises, make a full report to available instructor(s) or staff who will then contact the appropriate authority.
  4. Chemical Spills: If petroleum products, paints, thinners or other chemicals are spilled, contain the spill as quickly as possible and report it to an AMT instructor or the Unit Safety Coordinator who will seek assistance.


Sickness: If a student is sick, they must call 455-2809 and leave a message with the AMT secretary as soon as practical.

Personal Protective Equipment: Students, faculty, and staff must have available and use when required, the following protective equipment:

NIOSH Approved Respirator for Organic Vapors and Safety Glasses (with shields) or Goggles
Ear Protection (minimum 25 dB noise attenuation)
Gloves: Latex, Leather, Solvent-resistant

The personal protective equipment must be used when- ever there is a risk of injury that may be reduced through the use of such equipment. The following examples illustrate, but are not intended to limit, where specific protective equipment must be worn.

Respirator: Gluing, painting, welding plated or painted metals, solvent-based cleaning operations.

Safety Goggles: Drilling operations, spraying chemicals, Glasses: sand or bead blasting parts, painting, using powered equipment (drill press, grinder, band saws, lathe, etc.), while doing and in the proximity of bench work.

Ear Protection: Operating reciprocating or turbine engines, riveting, cleaning with compressed air or steam.


Latex gloves: dope, fabric, composite work, general purpose gluing.

Leather gloves: welding.

Solvent-resistant gloves: MEK, solvent, etc.



Aircraft Maintenance and Operations: Certain tasks and conditions require special precautions. Observe the following procedures when performing maintenance operations.

Batteries: Disconnect the ground lead of any aircraft in the shop whenever electrical power is not needed.

Ignition Systems: Before working on engines or props, disable the ignition systems by removing plugs or leads. NEVER remove P-leads from mags while plug leads are connected and plugs are installed.

Work in Progress: If any work in progress could pose a safety hazard (fuel lines loose, loose electrical wires, open hydraulic lines, oil removed from engine, etc.), the affected system must be deactivated and placarded against inadvertent operation.

Use of Chemicals and Paints: Most paints, cleaners, solvents, and other chemicals used in the aircraft industry pose health hazards when used improperly. In addition to personal protective equipment, the following procedures must be followed when using chemicals of any kind:

Location: Never drain fuel inside the hangar. Use solvents only in properly designated cleaning areas. Apply paints and dopes only in the paint room designated for that purpose.

Directions: Follow manufacturer's directions in mixing and applying chemicals. This information is available from your instructor. If no directions or safety information is available, DO NOT USE THE CHEMICAL.

Emergency Procedures: Before using any chemical acquaint yourself with the nearest shower, eyewash station, and sink and be sure you have access to that station. Know the procedures for handling skin or eye contact, injection, or inhalation of the chemical you are using.

Tool Use: Use tools for their intended purpose only. Report damaged or inoperative tools to the instructor. Anyone who damages a tool through improper or careless use will be required to replace it at his or her own expense.

Jacking Aircraft: Aircraft should be jacked and supported with jacks or use of overhead cranes designed for aircraft. If aircraft are lifted by jacks, additional supports capable of carrying the entire load are necessary in case of jack or crane failure. "Aircraft on Jacks" signs must be used to alert others of the aircraft's condition. Aircraft are to be removed from jacks as soon as practical and must be made to support themselves or moved to permanent supports before the work crew departs the area.

Electrical Power: Do not apply electrical power (connect battery or power supply) to any aircraft until a check has been made to determine that no switches are in a position to cause actuation of any component.

Aircraft and Equipment Operations: All aircraft and equipment operations must take place in accordance with established industry practices. Each person must be checked out and signed off on the type of equipment or aircraft he or she intends to operate. Follow the procedures in this manual and in the manufactures' operations manual.

Welding, Cutting, and Heating: The use of any open flame around aircraft must be minimized due to the presence of several types of flammable materials and pressurized containers. Components to be cut or welded should be moved to the welding room whenever possible. In cases where open flame must be used on or around aircraft, it must be handled by a qualified person who has the expressed permission of his or her instructor. A fire guard with water and an appropriate fire extinguisher must be standing by at all times when the torch is lit. The open flame must be used outside of the shop whenever possible. If that is not possible, there must be a path that allows quick removal of the aircraft or component from the shop.

Facilities Use and Housekeeping: There is a strong positive correlation between order and safety in the workplace. Everyone must contribute to this by the following means:

Keep the work areas clean. Do not accumulate parts, rags, tools, etc. around aircraft. Clean table tops and cover with paper when practical. Return unused parts and supplies to their proper containers and cabinets.

Clean up all spills of oil, dirt, grease, fuel, solvents, etc., IMMEDIATELY.

Oil soaked rags are to placed in a covered metal container, appropriately marked.

Floorsweep used to soak up oil spills should be placed in a covered metal container, appropriately marked.


Park aircraft so there is room to walk around them in the shop.

Keep a fire lane around the perimeter of the shop free of equipment or aircraft .

Return tool boxes, tables, stands, equipment, and training aids to their assigned location at the end of each lab session.

Eliminate or flag and cushion sharp protruding air- craft components -- especially those at or near eye level (raise all flaps, flag VOR antennas, etc.).


Behavior: Considerate, professional behavior is essential to safe operations in the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program. Irresponsible or dangerous behavior will not be tolerated and may be cause for removal from the program. Use of profanity, slang, or derogatory remarks will not be tolerated. Campus policies as outlined in the student handbook and Regents Regulation 09.02 are enforced. AMT FACILITY USE


POLICY: The AMT Program facility will be used in a manner that permits the most effective and efficient support for the AMT instructional program.

General Procedures: The following procedures are to be followed in all areas of the building:

Housekeeping: Each person is to keep his or her own work or study areas clean and neat. Personal belongings must be stored in lockers when not in use. At the completion of each shop or lab period, tools, supplies, and equipment are to be turned in, and the area is to be thoroughly cleaned.

Eating and drinking is allowed in the cafeteria or student lounge area only. No open cans, bottles, cups, or food are permitted in the labs or halls. No food will be allowed in the classroom at any time.

Smoking or chewing tobacco products is prohibited in the Hutchinson Career Center.

Courteous, professional behavior is expected at all times.


Shop/Laboratory Space - General Requirements: No one is allowed into the shops or laboratory without the permission and supervision of an AFPM faculty or staff member.

Persons may not operate any equipment in the laboratory unless they have in their possession a signed operator card authorizing such operation and the permission of a faculty or staff member.

Persons may not bring onto the premises nor work on personally owned projects unless those projects directly relate to instruction received in specific courses the AMT Program. In those cases, they must have received permission in writing from the instructor involved and the Division Coordinator before those projects are brought in to the AFPM lab. The AFPM Program assumes no responsibility for security or storage of personal projects. Personal equipment must be clearly marked with the name and address of the owner. All personal equipment must be removed immediately upon completion of the applicable course.

The library (microfiche room) is to be used for research and study. Materials in the library are available for use by the public as long as the use does not interfere with instruction. All materials must remain in the AMT library or lab. Anyone unfamiliar with filing procedures should seek assistance from an instructor, lab aide, or another student. All materials are to be returned to their proper location upon completion of the project or end of the lab session, whichever comes first.

Contaminated chemicals must be properly disposed of. Check with any faculty member or the Unit Safety Coordinator for proper disposal procedures.

Student vehicles are to be parked in the general parking area at the front of the school. Short term loading is permitted at the rear (hangar door) access only.





POLICY: Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is conducive to safety and learning, to maintain integrity, and exercise judgment in accordance with the high standards of the aviation industry.

Attendance and Participation: In order to fully benefit from the UAF AMT Program, students must attend all classes and labs and actively participate in exercises, field trips, assignments, and projects. Attendance is kept in permanent student records and participation is reflected in grades earned and skills acquired. During lab time, students are expected to be in the shop not in the classroom, break area, office, etc.

Use of Tools and Equipment: Students must keep a complete set of the required hand tools available for use in shop projects. Students will not be allowed access to the lab without the required hand tools. Special tooling may be checked out from the tool crib and must be cared for and used in the appropriate manner. Users will be required to pay for repair or replacement of tools or equipment damaged through negligence or improper use.

Student tool boxes must not exceed 21" wide, 39" high, 33" long.

Tool boxes will be stored only in the cage on the assigned shelf.

The tool box must be returned 10 minutes prior to the end of the lab period.


No personal materials: books, tools, assignments, etc. are to remain in the shop after the end of the laboratory session.

Tool boxes must be removed and lockers must be emptied when the student is no longer enrolled in any AMT classes.

Because classrooms and shops are also used by other university classes, students are advised to keep their tool boxes locked when class is not in session.


Laboratory Constraints: Students are allowed in the shop only when an instructor or approved supervisor is physically present. Food and drinks are not allowed in the shop or classroom. Radios, tape players, or similar distractions are not allowed in the shop. Non-aircraft projects are not allowed in the shop during class hours. Personal aircraft projects maybe allowed However, they are only allowed with specific approval from the AMT faculty and Program Coordinator. Maintenance record entries for live aircraft projects shall be specifically arranged in advance of any projects being brought into the class. Students are responsible for cleaning up their own work area each day as well as helping in the general shop clean-up during the last 10 minutes of each laboratory period. Personal Attire: Students should attend classes prepared to participate in standard aviation maintenance activities. Students will not be allowed in the shop without footwear or with shoes that provide little or no protection. Clothes should be clean, durable, and washable. Jewelry should not be worn and long hair should be restrained. Loose clothing must not be worn around powered equipment. Warm outer clothing should be available during winter operations since some work will be accomplished outside.

Honesty and Integrity: Experiences in the AMT Program parallel those in the Aviation Industry. Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential when decisions to fly or not are based on the word of one individual. No activity that compromises ones integrity should be contemplated. This includes cheating, stealing, hiding damage, or making incorrect or incomplete write-ups of discrepancies.

Cellular phones and pagers: Cellular phones and pagers are not allowed. The telephones in the AMT program are for business use only. Personal calls can be made in the front office during scheduled breaks, lunch time, and before and after class.

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