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Aviation Maintenance Technician

Why Choose the Aviation Maintenance Technician Program?

Airliners, business jets, helicopters, general aviation aircraft and more ... there are so many different fascinating varieties of aircraft! The Pacific Northwest boasts a tremendous heritage of aviation, and that continues to grow today. There is a great - and growing - need for qualified aviation maintenance technicians. Employers look for basic skills in aircraft structures, systems, troubleshooting, regulations, teamwork and personal accountability. These are the foundation of our AMT curriculum, taught by award-winning instructors at our state-of-the-art South Hill Campus. Our AMT students average among the highest pass rates in the nation for FAA certification. If you're fascinated by the mechanics of aviation, this program and career path might be the perfect fit for you.

Our Aviation Maintenance Technician Program can prepare you for a rewarding career in the aircraft maintenance industry. You'll learn how to perform repairs on all types and sizes of private and commercial aircraft.
How Long It Takes:

Aviation Maintenance Technician Degree: 8 quarters

Airframe Maintenance Technician Certificate: 5 quarters

Powerplant Technician Certificate: 5 quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.


Potential Careers

Graduates may find employment as aircraft mechanics.

In Washington, median pay for aircraft mechanics is $65,000 per year.

Full Career Details

Career Pathway

This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

Aviation Maintenance Technician Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Aviation Maintenance Technician degree, students will:

  • Develop and apply skills necessary for employment as defined by specific industry needs.
  • Meet & Exceed FAA requirements for testing for A&P Mechanic certificates.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to successfully pass the FAA written exams.
  • Become competent in the skills, knowledge, and techniques necessary to successfully pass FAA oral and practical exams for certification.
  • Employ expanded Rotary Wing maintenance training as an integral part of AMT program.

Meet Your Instructors

Greg Doyon

Instr. Greg Doyon

Greg Doyon has experience in aviation maintenance spanning more than 40 years. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He holds an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic’s Certificate with an Inspector’s Authorization and is experienced in a wide range of aircraft, from antique-propeller and piston-engine aircraft to modern turbine-powered equipment.

South Hill, Rm 116


Aviation Maintenance Technician Program Information Sessions are hosted in the lobby of our South Hill Campus at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, click here.




Model plane and text books


AMT Instructor Mike Potter Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Instructor Mike Potter holding an award

Mike Potter, aviation maintenance faculty (center), receives the Charles Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award from Mabel Edmonds (left), vice president for instruction, and Dr. Jen Francois Mpouli, FAA safety team manager for Seattle on Aug. 16 at Clover Park Technical College's South Hill (Puyallup) Campus.

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CPTC Unveils New Twin-Engine Plane


CPTC Board and others cutting a ceremonial pruple ribbon

Members of the aviation programs' Advisory Committee and faculty join Clover Park Technical College Board of Trustees chair Bruce Lachney in cutting the ribbon at the official unveiling of CPTC's new twin-engine plane Thursday, Nov. 17, at the South Hill Campus.

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Putting Skills to the Test


Aviation Tech students in front of plane, holding award

Aviation Maintenance Technician instructor Phil Vick (left) stands with the two CPTC teams that took second and third place at the Northwest Regional Aviation Maintenance Competition.

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