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Associate of Science in Aviation Maintenance Science



At the heart of every flight of every commercial, private or military aircraft is the work of the professional aviation maintenance expert. Without the devotion of these very special people, the air travel system would cease to function. The demand for degreed aircraft maintenance specialists in the aviation/aerospace world has never been greater than it is today. The Aviation Maintenance Science (AMS) program at Embry-Riddle produces these aviation professionals- the best in the world.

The Aviation Maintenance Science associate’s degree is made up of general education courses and technical courses and labs that lead to FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic’s certification. The degree is composed of 66 credit hours, 18 hours of general education course work, and 48 hours of airframe and powerplant technical courses. The associate’s degree will flow seamlessly into the AMS bachelor of science degree.

The courses taken in the Aviation Maintenance Science Department lead to a student being approved for the A&P certification exams. Credit will be granted for any student who enters the University already in possession of the A&P certification. International certification- which may be equivalent to the Airframe and Powerplant certification- will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and, if approved, may be used for academic credit.

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Aircraft technicians must do careful and thorough work which requires a high degree of mechanical aptitude. Employers seek applicants who are self-motivated, hard-working, enthusiastic and able to diagnose and solve complex mechanical problems.

In addition to having the technical skills needed to service and repair aircraft, employers are also looking for aviation technicians who can communicate both written and verbally and have good computer skills.

The Associate of Science in Aviation Maintenance Science offers a combination of both the technical and professional skills companies are searching for, and is an excellent first step toward the bachelor’s degree.


View requirements for the A.S. in Aviation Maintenance Science degree on the Catalog site.