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Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT)

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Careers in Aviation Maintenance Technology

What will I do on the job?

AMT student

As an airframe and powerplant (A&P) rated mechanic, you will be responsible for keeping aircraft in safe condition to fly by doing the following activities for the airframe, engine and propellor components and systems:

  • servicing
  • repair
  • overhaul
  • inspection
  • troubleshooting
  • record keeping

What skills will I use on the job?

PCC’s program provides exposure and skill development in 45 technical subjects. These transferable skills include:

  • electrical and electronic troubleshooting and repair
  • nondestructive testing
  • maintenance and troubleshooting
  • hydraulic and pneumatic repair and testing
  • oxygen system servicing
  • air conditioning servicing
  • fire protection system inspection and maintenance
  • corrosion control and painting
  • composite structure repairs
  • sheet metal fabrication and repair
  • precision measurement
  • piston and turbine engine maintenance and overhaul
  • quality assurance inspection
  • interpreting technical data
  • propeller inspection and repair
  • avionics system troubleshooting

Who will hire me?

Excellent employment opportunities exist in the Northwest and throughout the U.S. when you become qualified through our program. There are over 200 employers in Oregon alone. As an aviation maintenance technician, you will perform the scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on aircraft, such as servicing, inspection, repair and overhaul. You could work for any number of employers, including global and major air carriers, regional and national airlines or helicopter operators. Other employers may include repair stations, corporate aircraft companies, general aviation repair companies, aircraft manufacturers, the Federal Aviation Administration, along with our military, and state, city and local government agencies. You’ll need to know that working conditions for aviation maintenance technicians range from outside, in all types of weather, to inside a climate-controlled shop or hangar. Because you’ll learn a variety of skills in the program, you can also find work in other, non-aviation industries.

How much can I earn?

Starting annual salaries in the Portland area range from approximately $21,000 to $46,000; more experienced technicians/supervisors may earn over $70,000.