Aircraft Maintenance Technology-Airframe

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Aircraft Maintenance Technology-Airframe program is designed to prepare students to enter careers in aircraft (fixed-wing and rotorcraft) structural manufacturing and maintenance. Graduates can potentially work in general, corporate, commercial, manufacturing, and military sectors. Graduates are eligible to apply for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Aviation Maintenance Technician-Airframe exam. An Associates in Applied Science (AAS) in Aircraft Maintenance Technology-Airframe is also available.


Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Aircraft Maintenance Technology-Airframe (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2020
Admissions criteria

Students wishing to enroll in this certificate program must complete an application process before being officially accepted into the program.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Utilize inspection and diagnostic techniques to maintain aircraft.
  2. Service aircraft to industry and regulatory standards.
  3. Repair aircraft to industry and regulatory standards.
  4. Overhaul aircraft to industry and regulatory standards.
  5. Practice industry and regulatory standards required professional and ethical behavior.
  6. Mitigate human factors risk in aircraft maintenance operations.
  7. Employ common safety practices when working on and around aircraft and related support equipment.
  8. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills specific to aviation maintenance concepts and technical processes.
  9. Prepare for airframe written, oral, and practical exams.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians


Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers


* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
AMT124 Aircraft Forms and Regulations, Weight and Balance, Drawings, and Ground Operations Critical course Gateway course OR Hold a valid FAA Powerplant Certificate 0–5
AMT126 Fundamentals of Mathematics and Electricity OR Hold a valid FAA Powerplant Certificate 0–9
AMT128 Fundamentals of Aviation Physics, Corrosion Control, Materials and Processes, Fluid Lines and Fittin OR Hold a valid FAA Powerplant Certificate 0–5

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
AMT220 Fundamentals Of Aircraft Wood Structures, Covering And Finishing, And Bonded Structures 3
AMT222 Atmosphere Control, Fire Detection, Ice and Rain Protection Systems 4
AMT224 Aircraft Sheet Metal 5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
AMT226 Aircraft Landing Gear, Hydraulic, Pneumatic, Fuel, Position And Warning Systems 7
AMT228 Aircraft Electrical Systems, Instruments, Fuel Indicating, Communication And Navigation Systems 7
AMT230 Airframe Assembly, Inspection And Welding 6
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.