Aviation Maintenance Technology

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The Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Program is an intensive evening program that students can complete while working during the day. Classes are scheduled in nine-week blocks, five days a week from 4:30pm to 10:30pm (holidays excluded). The coursework can be completed in two years as a full-time student, or you can attend part-time and take courses as your personal schedule allows.

The AMT program is located in a well-equipped facility adjacent to the Oakland International Airport and provides an opportunity for students to gain the skills needed to work in a number of A&P careers.


Students are expected to buy their own tools in addition to paying for tuition, books, lab fees, and exam fees. Total costs for the entire program average $3200, considerably less than what you would be expected to pay at a private school.

Certificates, Degrees, and Licenses

Certificates of Achievement – You can choose a path in either Airframe or Powerplant mechanics, and will receive a Certificate of Achievement in your pathway when you have passed all of the course requirements.

A.S. Degree – Students can graduate with an A.S. in Aviation Maintenance Technology with the completion of the General Education coursework in addition to the AMT coursework.

FAA Licenses – The courses are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and will also prepare you to take the FAA exams. Passing the coursework and the appropriate exams will qualify you for an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic License as well as a General Radiotelephone License.


All credits earned in the AMT program at College of Alameda are transferable to San Jose State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


AMT Enrollment Procedures and Process:

The Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved program. All students are required to complete the specified curriculum under FAA guidelines and standards. All courses are to be completed in sequential order prior to the granting of FAA credit and program completion certificate. This is a cohort program in which students complete one sequence of classes prior to the admission of a new cohort of students. In order to allow students to complete the entire program in the set timeframe, continuing cohorts have priority enrollment over new students entering into the program.


Due to Aviation Industry demand, the College of Alameda (CoA) AMT program is impacted as a result of the imposed 25 student maximum by the FAA. Enrollment into the program is based on a waitlist system which functions on a first-come-first-serve basis. Any student interested in the program should:

  1. Complete the interest form online with accurate contact information (preferred), or Contact the AMT Department Chair by email at hko@peralta.edu


  1. After the Department Chair receives the student’s information, he/she shall be placed on the waitlist based on the contact time and date.
    1. Confirmation of Waitlist Status: An acknowledgement of being placed on the waitlist will be emailed to the students within 4 weeks.


  1. Students shall be contacted again when space is available; however students may be removed from the waitlist due to:
    1. Inability to make contact to the Department (incorrect or disconnected phone numbers. No response to emails sent by the department)
    2. No longer interested in joining the program
    3. No-show during the pre-program introductory meeting (Without prior notice to the Department Chair)
    4. No-show on the first day of class (Without prior notice to the Department Chair)


NOTE: Due to the impacted nature of the program and, to allow the department to honor students already on the waitlist, AMT Program enrollment is based on the waitlist process as outlined above. Students interested in joining the program should complete the interest form and/or email hko@peralta.edu immediately as, enrollment for classes via the online registration system is not available for this program.



Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  • Student learning Outcomes 1. Student will interpret and assess aircraft systems as to airworthy condition. Student will demonstrate an ability to maintain these aircraft systems.Student will apply their knowledge of systems to evaluate FAA publications as to airworthy standard. Maintenance record recording will be completed to FAA standards. Institutional Otcomes 1. Foundation Skills – Demonstrate technological literacy 2. Personal Development and Management – Prepare for personal, educational and/or career goals 3. Communication – Perceive, understand, and engage in verbal and nonverbal communication 4. Responsibility – Understand and demonstrate personal, civic, social, environmental responsibility and cooperation in order to become a productive local and global citizen Assessment Method 1. exam 2. demonstration/experiment 3. student project 4. written exerciseProgram Learning Outcomes (PLOs) may be assessed using:
  • Surveys
  • Questionnaires
  • Review of collected data
  • Other methods

Gainful Employment Information

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided in the link(s) below describes the graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information regarding gainful employment for the latest completed academic year (as of July 1). Full-time status is defined as a student that enrolls in 12 units for both the fall and the spring semesters of a given academic year.