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Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT)

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Overview
Do you like working with your hands?  Are you looking for an exciting career where you don’t have to sit in an office all day?  Would you rather work on jet engines with 120,000 pounds of thrust?  Or are you interested in working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) perhaps as an aircraft accident investigator?  Or do you want to become more employable as a pilot?  If so, then our Aviation Maintenance Technology program is the place for you!  Some of your questions can be answered by reading our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).

We have a long and rich history of producing Aviation Technicians. Our aviation program began in the 1930's as Edison Technical College and transformed into the SSCC program in 1968. We provide the training and teach the skills necessary to become an Aircraft Maintenance Technician. After completing the two-year program our students are certified to take the FAA Airframe and Power plant (A&P) exams and then go on to work on any aircraft in the world. The A&P certificate is also recognized in many other industries, such as power companies and elevator mechanics.

We Have a Place for You...
Whatever your background, experience, or age you will fit right in.  Our typical class includes men and women of all ages (even some in their 70s)!  We have international students from all around the world including: Ethiopia, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Pacific Islands, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vietnam.  Our students also include those who have many years of experience in aviation and those who are just beginning their discovery of the industry. 

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Slide Show
a class gets hands-on experience and training
Students get first hand experience in real airplanes at SSCC's airplane hangar

Career Outlook

“Opportunities for aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and service technician jobs should be excellent for persons who have completed aircraft mechanic training programs. Employment is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2014, and large numbers of additional job openings should arise from the need to replace experienced mechanics who retire.

Over the next decade passenger traffic is expected to increase as the result of an expanding economy and a growing population, and the need for aircraft mechanic and service technicians will grow. If the number of graduates from aircraft mechanic training programs continues to fall short of employer needs, opportunities for graduates of mechanic training programs should be excellent.

Most job openings for aircraft mechanics through the year 2014 will stem from replacement needs. If the trend continues, the supply of trained aviation mechanics will not be able to keep up with the needs of the air transportation industry."

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Handbook 2006-2007 Edition. For full job outlook, please go to www.bls.gov/oco/ocos179.htm

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Salaries in the Seattle Area
Median-range aviation technician salaries from Salary.com,
February 2006:

Aircraft Mechanic (jet)  ~ $78,433
Aircraft Mechanic (non-jet)  ~ $55,456
Airframe and Engine Mechanic ~ $49,621
Aviation Maintenance Manager I ~ $102,391

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Employment Opportunities
As a certified Aviation Maintenance Technician your imagination is the only limit to the type of employment you can pursue. Some of the standard employment sites are:
  • Airlines - international, national, and/or regional
  • Air Cargo Fleets
  • Air Taxi / Charter Fleets
  • Corporate Aircraft Fleets
  • Helicopter Operators
  • Aircraft Repair Stations
  • Research and Development Organizations
  • NASA
  • General Aviation (Fixed Based Operators or FBO's)
  • Manufacturers (aircraft, engine, parts)
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • State and Local Government Agencies
The A&P certificate is also recognized in many other fields other that aviation including but not limited to: elevator repair, appliance repair and power companies.

All students are able to utilize the SSCC Career Development Center to assist them in finding employment. Get more information about the Career Center at their web site careerservices.southseattle.edu or in Robert Smith (RSB), room 79.

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Contact Information

Professional and Technical Education
South Seattle Community college
6000 16th Avenue S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98106-1499
(206) 934-5373 or (206) 934-5394
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