Aircraft Maintenance Technology

The growing aircraft industry requires professionally trained maintenance personnel. The Aircraft Maintenance Technology program at Greenville Technical College is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Veterans Administration and provides students with the technical, mechanical and academic skills needed to become aircraft maintenance technicians.

Real world equipment
A comprehensive inventory of well-maintained jet and reciprocating engine aircraft and related equipment enables our students to master skills required to succeed in a very competitive industry.

Start with Greenville Technical College and finish with a bachelor’s degree
Greenville Technical College’s partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University gives you access to expanded educational opportunities in the aviation field. Bachelor’s degrees in Aviation Maintenance Management, Professional Aeronautics, and Technical Management allow students to begin at Greenville Technical College and finish at Embry-Riddle.

A career you can count on

Job placement rates and starting salaries are excellent. Graduates are qualified to take the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Technician Certification exams, and our students consistently earn top scores along with the higher earnings this credential allows them to command.

Career Opportunities

  • General aviation
  • Commercial airlines
  • Corporate aviation
  • Aircraft manufacturers
  • Contract repair facilities
  • Aviation-related maintenance activities

Many students already employed with companies including Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, Stevens Aviation, General Electric, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, and Michelin find this program can increase their skills and potential.

Learn about real-time job openings and salary information through Career Coach.

What you’ll learn in the program

The aircraft maintenance curriculum covers these important skills.

  • Sheet metal layout and repair
  • Flight control rigging
  • Landing gear operation and repair
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Pneumatic systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Current FAA regulations
  • Aircraft drawings
  • Ground handling
  • Aircraft weight and balance
  • Bonding processes
  • Airframe and engine inspections

The powerplant portion of the curriculum stresses these areas.

  • Turbine engine
  • Reciprocating engine
  • Propellers and their components
  • Lubrication systems
  • Engine electrical systems
  • Induction systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Exhaust systems

Students learn to use these tools and equipment.

  • Air tools
  • Precision measuring equipment
  • Heatcon Dual zone Hot Bonder
  • Aircraft related tools and support equipment
  • Eddy current
  • Ultrasound
  • Magnaflux machine
  • Structural repair equipment/tools

Is Aircraft Maintenance right for you?

Admissions Requirements

  • High school graduate or equivalent (GED)
  • Acceptable ASSET score or 19 ACT or 920 SAT
  • A score of 50 percentile on the Bennett Mechanical Aptitude Test or a minimum mechanical aptitude score of 50 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test (ASVAB)
  • Applicants with prior military service, reserves, National Guard or others who have completed technical training in a mechanical career field are exempt from taking a mechanical aptitude test. Training must be listed on the military service record DD-214 or other official training document.
  • No uncorrectable physical or mental disabilities that would endanger yourself or others; i.e., fainting, seizures, dizziness, loss of hearing, impaired vision, etc.
  • Pre-admission interview with the AMT department head or a designated representative.

To schedule an appointment, call (864) 422-1762.

Your connection to industry

Representatives from leading area aircraft companies serve on our advisory board to help us ensure that what we teach is relevant and to give us access to the latest training tools.

Program details and courses

Aircraft Maintenance Technology
Associate in Applied Science

This program, offered at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (formerly Donaldson Center), is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration as well as the Veterans Administration. The program provides students with the technical, mechanical and academic skills required to become aircraft maintenance technicians. Successful completion qualifies students to take the FAA airframe and powerplant technician certification exams.

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Aviation Airframe Structure/Systems
Certificate in Applied Science

This certificate introduces airframe-related subjects for all aircraft maintenance technicians. Topics covered include wood structures, sheet metal, bonded structures, assembly and rigging, environmental systems, utility and warning, hydraulics and pneumatics, landing gear, airframe electrical, airframe fuel systems, and airframe inspection. 

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Aviation Powerplant Theory/Systems
Certificate in Applied Science

This certificate introduces Powerplant-related subjects to aircraft maintenance technicians. Topics include lubrication, ignition and starting systems, turbine and reciprocating engines, propellers, electrical, instruments, fire protection, fuel systems and inspections. 

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Advanced Aviation Technician
Certificate in Applied Science   

This program offers Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 14 Part 65 training designed to provide experienced technicians with the skills necessary to pass their written, oral, and practical FAA certification exams.

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Aircraft Electrical and Electronics Technology
Certificate in Applied Science 

The Aircraft Electrical and Electronics Technology Certificate program prepares students for employment in the avionics, and aircraft and electrical electronics maintenance fields. The program positions the graduate to make immediate contributions upon being placed with an employer. The graduate will have diverse skills and competencies derived from the Aircraft Electrical and Electronics Technology Program.

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General Technology
Associate in Applied Science
Avionics Maintenance Technology Career Path

This program prepares the student for the certification exams required by the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) and National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT) to become certified avionics
maintenance technicians. 

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Gainful Employment

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for Avionics Maintenance Technology Aviation Airframe Structure/Systems and Aviation Powerplant Theory/Systems.


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.