Aviation Maintenance Technician
Aviation Maintenance Technician

Aviation Maintenance Technician

Located at the Aviation Academy at the Eugene Airport in Oregon, Lane Community College’s FAA Approved Part 147 School will prepare you to be a Airframe and Powerplant Certificated Mechanic! Our graduates have found rewarding careers in the heavy-lift helicopter industry, regional airlines, and general aviation.

Is the Aviation Maintenance Technician program for you?

If you enjoy being around aircraft or working with your hands on complex machines, consider a career in Aviation Maintenance. Many students join the aviation maintenance program with little or no mechanical experience, but quickly develop into competent mechanics through the course of their training. As an Airframe and Powerplant Certificated Mechanic (A&P) you’ll service, maintain, and troubleshoot airplanes and rotorcraft to keep them flying. Imagine repairing a wing spar, installing a jet engine or correcting a helicopter blade track! Without A&P’s aircraft can’t fly!

Two students at the bench, referring to parts diagrams

What will you learn in the Aviation Maintenance Technician program?

Your classes will be a mixture of lectures on fact and theory and labs providing you with hands-on experience. You’ll learn:

  • Federal Aviation Regulations
  • Physics and mathematics
  • Non-destructive testing and precision measurement
  • Aircraft hardware and fluid line fabrication
  • Corrosion control
  • Aircraft Inspection
  • Ground service and operations
  • Aircraft drawing
  • Electrical theory, calculations and troubleshooting
  • Aircraft electrical components, systems and schematics
  • Aircraft fuel systems
  • Aircraft and engine instrument systems
  • Fire protection
  • Weight and balance
  • Aircraft assembly and rigging
  • Ice and rain control
  • Communications and navigation systems
  • Welding
  • Position and warning systems
  • Landing gear systems
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic power systems
  • Sheet metal structural repair
  • Wood structures, aircraft covering and paint finishes
  • Composite structures and repair
  • Cabin atmosphere control systems
  • Reciprocating piston engine operation and overhaul
  • Turbine engine operation and overhaul
  • Engine induction, exhaust, ignition, fuel, ignition and lubrication systems
  • Propeller theory and repair
  • Helicopter rigging and blade tracking

The aviation maintenance program meets and exceeds all FAA Part 147 requirements and emphasizes hands-on learning that prepares you for your FAA exams and your career. Every day you’ll learn something new and valuable. In a single term you could perform a riveted aluminum repair, a carbon fiber layup, multimeter electrical troubleshooting, a landing gear check on a jet, and an engine overhaul with power assurance runs. Once you’ve completed your degree you’ll be able to tackle almost any aircraft repair.

What can you do next?

Aviation Maintenance graduates readily find work in the Pacific Northwest with heavy-lift helicopter companies, regional airlines and flight schools. Job availability is at a record high and career advancement in aircraft maintenance happens quickly. After three years of experience, an A&P mechanic can attain their Inspection Authorization and make important airworthiness decisions for their aircraft. Soon after that, A&P’s can move into maintenance management positions or consider working for the FAA as air safety inspectors.

Being an A&P is a rewarding, full-time job, however some mechanics desire additional, focused training to take their careers further. Lane Community College graduates have pursued additional flight training, non-destructive testing certification, technical writing courses and undergraduate studies in engineering or business. Aviation is growing everyday and there is truly no limit to what a motivated A&P can achieve.

Personal attention from engaging faculty

Aviation Maintenance instructors are passionate about aviation and truly care about their students success. All AMT instructors bring at least 15 years of experience to the classroom and will work directly with you to plan your career in aviation. Most of your classes will have fewer than 20 students, and because you’re in a cohort, you will really get to know your fellow students and work as a team to solve complex problems and tasks.

Get to know the Aviation Maintenance Technician faculty and advisors

The Aviation Maintenance faculty and advisors can help you meet your career goals. They can answer any program specific questions you might have, and help you find opportunities outside of the classroom. Advisors will help you schedule your classes and plan for the future. You’ll work with them to create a term by term planner that meets your needs and goals to ensure you complete your degree.

  • Neal Gallagher
    Program Faculty Lead
  • Andrew VanHoosen
    Faculty Member
  • Herb Moore
    Faculty Member
  • Jeremy Kaetterhenry
    Faculty Member

Get real world work experience

Employers are interested in more than just your degree. Second year students often take advantage of maintenance internships from the local aviation industry in addition to their AMT coursework. Aircraft fabrication, helicopter repair and general aviation maintenance are all well represented. All graduating students take a final capstone class called “Return to Service” where you’ll demonstrate that you have what it takes to make it in the industry. You’ll perform airworthiness inspections, engine service, and sheet metal repair, just like certified mechanics.

We take personal pride in making sure our graduates are ready for the aviation industry.

State of the art facilities

As an aviation maintenance student, your hands-on classes are located at Lane’s Aviation Academy, right next to Eugene’s Mahlon Sweet Airport. In our 22,000 sq.ft corporate hangar, you’ll have the opportunity to spread out and master the equipment, while sharing a backyard with commercial cargo planes right at the end of runway 34L. Every day you’ll immerse yourself in the world of aviation as you eat your lunch 300 feet from landing aircraft, watching an F-15 perform a low pass, or pointing out jets and helicopters you’d like to work on.

Inside our hanger, you’ll train using flyable aircraft and state-of-the-art training stations. You’ll learn jet systems and turbine engine theory on Lear 25D jet as well Allison 250 turboshaft engines. Piston engine work is conducted on our fuel-injected, turbocharged PA-23-250T Piper Aztec. Electronics and electrical troubleshooting are handled by our NIDA 130E trainers. Avotek trainers round out our education on aircraft pressurization, oxygen systems, vapor cycle machines and landing gear systems. Every year we add exciting new elements to our curriculum to keep up with changing industry needs.

Sound like home to you? Program faculty are available to provide you with a tour of the facility and help you learn more about becoming an aviation maintenance technician. Send us an email or give us a call at (541) 463-4351 to learn more!

Three students working with sheet metal tools

student testing equipment

students working on engine

planes in Lane hangar

Lear jet being towed out of hangar