Aviation Maintenance Technology

BBCC has a long and rich history of providing a solid foundation to students seeking aviation-related education and training. The Aviation Maintenance Technology program at BBCC is designed to prepare students for FAA airframe and power plant maintenance certification and for employment in aviation maintenance careers. Courses offer quality training to serious and motivated students through structured competency-based curriculum provided by industry experienced instructors. Instruction includes the basics of maintenance, servicing, inspection, repair, overhaul of aircraft airframes, power plants and their related systems and components associated with general and commercial aviation.

The Aviation Maintenance Technology program is a two year program in which upon completion the student will have earned a minimum 400 hours of classroom and laboratory training in the AMT general section, 750 hours in airframe and 750 hours in power plant. The class schedule is Monday through Thursday from 7:30am to 4:00pm for full time students, part time hours may vary.

Big Bend’s AMT instructors have extensive knowledgeable backgrounds and come from various careers in the aviation field. Their education and experience in positions such as FAA mechanics examiner, FAA inspection authorization and commercial airline maintenance have provided them with the skills to train you to be the best there is. All instruction is provided in a large, newly remodeled hangar that is filled with several aircraft and a variety of engine types including turbines and jets.

The BBCC Aviation Maintenance Technology program is approved by the Washington State Aeronautics Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration. Upon successful completion of the AMT program students will be eligible to complete the FAA written tests for certified aviation maintenance technician and then sit for the oral and practical tests, all which may be completed here at Big Bend Community College.

Approximate cost of the program

WA State Resident Year 1 Year 2
Tuition (based on six quarters) $4,536.96 $4,536.96
Lab Fees $ 744.00 $ 744.00
Books & Supplies $ 562.00 $ 562.00
Tools $2,000.00 $ 0.00
Totals: $7,842.96 $5,842.96 = $13,685.92

*Tuition and lab fees are based upon 20 credits per quarter and may vary according to student credit load.
All AMT required courses can be completed in as little as six college quarters.
Fees Subject To Change

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  1. Students will be able to identify and explain a variety of airframe and/or power plant systems and components as evaluated by the completion of the FAA written, oral and practical exams
  2. Students will be able to asses a variety of airframe and/or power plant systems and components and be able to troubleshoot various systems components as evaluated by the completion of the FAA written, oral and practical exams
  3. Students will show knowledge of Federal Aviation rules and regulations components as evaluated by the completion of the FAA written, oral and practical exams
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate teamwork, ethics, and appropriate safety awareness and/or workplace specific skills through instructor observation
  5. Students will be able to reason mathematically using methods appropriate to the profession.

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Degrees & Certificates

AAS Aviation Maintenance Technology

Total Credits: 134
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to identify and explain a variety of airframe and/or power plant systems and components as evaluated by the completion of the FAA written, oral and practical exams
  2. Students will be able to asses a variety of airframe and/or power plant systems and components and be able to troubleshoot various systems components as evaluated by the completion of the FAA written, oral and practical exams
  3. Students will show knowledge of Federal Aviation rules and regulations components as evaluated by the completion of the FAA written, oral and practical exams
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate teamwork, ethics, and appropriate safety awareness and/or workplace specific skills through instructor observation
  5. Students will be able to reason mathematically using methods appropriate to the profession.

Year 1

Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Course Credits
AMT 148 7
AMT 150 12
MAP 100 2

Course Credits
AMT 149 3
AMT 150 4
AMT 151 11
WLD 103 2

Course Credits
AMT 151 11
AMT 152 9

Year 2

Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Course Credits
AMT 152 12
AMT 251 8

Course Credits
AMT 249 2
AMT 251 8
AMT 252 10

Course Credits
AMT 252 4
AMT 253 16

Certificates of Achievement

Airframe Maintenance Technician
Airframe Maintenance Technician

Total Credits: 64
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to identify and explain a variety of airframe and/or power plant systems and components as evaluated by the completion of the FAA written, oral and practical exams
  2. Students will be able to asses a variety of airframe systems and components and be able to troubleshoot various systems components as evaluated by the completion of the FAA written, oral and practical exams
  3. Students will show knowledge of Federal Aviation rules and regulations components as evaluated by the completion of the FAA written, oral and practical exams
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate teamwork, ethics, and appropriate safety awareness and/or workplace specific skills through instructor observation
  5. Students will be able to reason mathematically using methods appropriate to the profession.
Course Credits
AMT 149 – AMT Airframe Electricity+ 3
AMT 151 – Airframe Mechanics I+ 22
AMT 152 – Airframe Mechanics II+ 21
BUS 120 – Human Relations on the Job** 4
CMST 100 – Human Communications** 4
ENGL 109 – Applied Technical Writing** 3
FAD 150 – Industrial First Aid** 2
MAP 100 – Applied Mathematics Aviation Maintenance Technology**+ 2
WLD 103 – Beginning AMT Welding+ 3

**Related instruction requirement for AAS degree and Certificate of Achievement
+Approved by FAA

Total Credits: 63
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to identify and explain a variety of airframe and/or power plant systems and components as evaluated by the completion of the FAA written, oral and practical exams
  2. Students will be able to asses a variety of power plant systems and components and be able to troubleshoot various systems components as evaluated by the completion of the FAA written, oral and practical exams
  3. Students will show knowledge of Federal Aviation rules and regulations components as evaluated by the completion of the FAA written, oral and practical exams
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate teamwork, ethics, and appropriate safety awareness and/or workplace specific skills through instructor observation
  5. Students will be able to reason mathematically using methods appropriate to the profession.
Course Credits
AMT 249 – AMT Powerplant Electricity+ 2
AMT 251 – Powerplant Mechanics I+ 16
AMT 252 – Powerplant Mechanics II+ 14
AMT 253 – Powerplant Mechanics III+ 16
BUS 120 – Human Relations on the Job** 4
CMST 100 – Human Communications** 4
ENGL 109 – Applied Technical Writing** 3
FAD 150 – Industrial First Aid** 2
MAP 100 – Applied Mathematics Aviation Maintenance Technology**+ 2

**Related instruction requirement for AAS degree and Certificate of Achievement
+Approved by FAA

Certificates of Accomplishment

Aviation Maintenance
Airframe Mechanic I
Airframe Mechanic II
Powerplant Mechanic I
Powerplant Mechanic II
Powerplant Mechanic III

Total Credits: 20-25
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate ability to read, comprehend, & apply information contained in FAA and manufacturer’s aircraft maintenance publications
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of Federal Aviation rules and regulations components
  3. Demonstrate teamwork, ethics, and appropriate safety awareness
Course Credits
AMT 148 – AMT General Electricity+ 2-7
AMT 150 – AMT General+ 16
MAP 100 – Applied Technical Mathematics+ 2

Total Credits: 24
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify, explain, and assess a variety of airframe systems and components
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of Federal Aviation rules and regulations components
  3. Demonstrate teamwork, ethics, and appropriate safety awareness
Course Credits
AMT 149 – AMT Airframe Electricity+ 3
AMT 151 – Airframe Mechanic I+ 21

Total Credits: 24
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify, explain, assess, and troubleshoot a variety of airframe systems and components
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of Federal Aviation rules and regulations components
  3. Demonstrate teamwork, ethics, and appropriate safety awareness
Course Credits
AMT 152 – Airframe Mechanic II+ 21
WLD 103 – Beginning AMT Welding+ 3

Total Credits: 16
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify, explain, and assess a variety of power plant systems and components
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of Federal Aviation rules and regulations components
  3. Demonstrate teamwork, ethics, and appropriate safety awareness
Course Credits
AMT 251 – AMT Powerplant Mechanic I+ 16

Total Credits: 16
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify, explain, assess, and troubleshoot a variety of power plant systems and components
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of Federal Aviation rules and regulations components
  3. Demonstrate teamwork, ethics, and appropriate safety awareness
Course Credits
AMT 249 – AMT Powerplant Electricity+ 2
AMT 252 – AMT Powerplant Mechanic II+ 14

Total Credits: 16
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify, explain, assess, and troubleshoot a variety of power plant systems and components
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of Federal Aviation rules and regulations components
  3. Demonstrate teamwork, ethics, and appropriate safety awareness
Course Credits
AMT 252 – AMT Powerplant Mechanic III+ 16

Students may be eligible to take the FAA written, oral, and practical examinations after successful completion of the General curriculum and the Airframe or Powerplant curriculum.

+Approved by FAA

AMT Contact
AMT Faculty/Staff
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Moore, Dan

Aviation Maintenance Technology Faculty
danm@bigbend.edu
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Borg, Erik

Aviation Maintenance Technology Faculty
erikb@bigbend.edu
(509) 793-2253
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Dinges, Chris

Aviation Maintenance Technology Faculty
chrisd@bigbend.edu
(509) 793-2254
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