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Aviation - Aircraft Technician A.A.S.

Southern Utah University
Program overview
18 months
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Cedar City

Cedar City

Cedar City

Program description

Aircraft Maintenance Technician Program

Aircraft mechanics are in high-demand around the world. With SUU you can become an aircraft mechanic (also known as A&P Mechanic or Aircraft Maintenance Technician) in under two years. SUU’s program is currently the most up-to-date in the country because it is based off of upcoming brand new standards and FAA regulations.

SUU is one of the only, if not the only, schools to offer helicopter maintenance as part of the standard curriculum at no additional cost. Helicopter maintenance is a bit more advanced than airplane maintenance and gives graduates an edge in competing for jobs.

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Program content

AMT Core

  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - General 1
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - General 2
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - General 3
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - General 4
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Airframe 1
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Airframe 2
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Airframe 3
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Airframe 4
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Airframe 5
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Airframe 6
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Powerplant 1
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Powerplant 2
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Powerplant 3
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Powerplant 4
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician - Powerplant 5

Elective Courses

  • Air Transportation
  • Private Pilot Ground School
  • FW Solo Lab
  • Solo Pilot RW Lab
  • FW Private Certification ASEL Lab
  • Private Pilot RW Certification Lab
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Aviation Safety and Security
  • Aviation Law
  • Aviation Internship

Scholarships & funding

The Rotor Aviation Scholarship is a $20,000 award used only for Commercial training (lab 2276).

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Students will demonstrate an increased recognition and respect for aviation safety, especially in the maintenance environment, between the time they join the program and the time they complete the program.
  • At conclusion of the program graduating students will demonstrate maintenance skills and knowledge deemed critical by industry. Students will possess desirable attributes of certified aircraft technicians.
  • Students will show evidence that they have acquired skills or knowledge directly related to performing maintenance on both fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft.
  • Students will satisfy the FAA knowledge and skill requirements to become certified Aircraft Maintenance Technicians.

Continuing studies

  • Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certifications
  • Associate’s Degree

Career opportunities

When you graduate you will be eligible for your Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certifications, which allow you to work on aircraft in most countries around the world. You’ll also have an accredited associate’s degree from SUU, which will give you an edge in getting competitive jobs. Should you later decide to continue your education at SUU, you’ll be close to earning a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance management.

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In this video the Director of Safety and Flight Operations, Rich Cannon, talks about the programs at SUU Aviation. Rich has been flying since 2012 and left a job at a bank to become a helicopter pilot.


About this institute

Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University is a caring campus community where students come to explore their interests and prepare for meaningful careers and life experiences. With more than 145 undergraduate programs and 18 graduate and certificate programs across six academic colleges, SUU...

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Why study at Southern Utah University

We are known as the 'University of the Parks'. Go to our site, and search that term to see why. We have immediate access to 20 national parks and monuments from our location. Our programs are ranked extremely high in US News and World Reports in our class of school. As a regionally accredited public/state school, we have partnerships and access to a variety of big-time institutions and career opportunities all from a smaller US town in Southern Utah.

Contact info

Southern Utah University

351 W University Blvd
84720 Cedar City Utah
United States of America

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