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Bachelor 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 bachelor’s degree is made up of general education courses, technical courses and labs which lead to FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic’s certification, and a group of courses known as an area of concentration (AOC). There are three areas of concentration, from which a student picks one, as follows:

  • Flight
  • Maintenance Management
  • Safety Science (Aviation or Occupational Safety Focus)

The degree is composed of 132 credit hours for each AOC.

The Maintenance Management AOC is optimized for those who wish to use their maintenance skills as a platform for advancing into a management position in one of the many aviation maintenance environments. The Flight AOC is for those students who wish to combine a maintenance background with the qualifications of a commercial pilot. The Safety Science AOC combines both industrial and aviation-specific safety courses with the technical coursework that leads to FAA Airframe and Powerplant certifications. The AMS degree is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI, formerly Council on Aviation Accreditation), located at 3410 Skyway Drive, Auburn, AL 86830.

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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Students in the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Science degree choose an area of concentration from two choices.

Maintenance Management

This area of concentration is ideal for the student who wants to work as a maintenance technician for a period of time, and then advance to a mid to high level management position. It would also work well for the student who wants to own and manage their own maintenance company.


This area of concentration is ideal for students who wish to combine a maintenance background with the qualifications of a commercial pilot. This provides the student with the flexibility of working as a maintenance technician or flying commercially for a living.

In addition to the FAA airframe and powerplant certification you can receive while attending this program, you will receive a foundation which will allow you to excel in a variety of aerospace/aviation fields. You'll also develop leadership skills in preparation for management opportunities that may come your way after graduation.

The Maintenance Management and Flight areas of concentration all require the FAA Airframe and Powerplant technical course work as part of the degree program.

Safety Science


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


The Embry-Riddle Connection Gives You the Best Shot At Jobs in Aerospace, Aviation and Technology

Embry-Riddle offers a Type 147 AMT degree program for Daytona Beach campus students who want to prepare for the FAA airframe and/or powerplant (A&P) examinations and pursue degree programs which require those skills.

The Type 147 program- offered only at the Daytona Beach campus- presents a carefully selected blend of theory and practical applications, which give the student an opportunity to prepare for and take the FAA airframe and/or powerplant examinations.

Co-op Possibilities for Maintenance Degree Students

  • Aviall
  • Primaris Airlines
  • ATA Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • CE Avionics
  • Merck & Company Inc.
  • Pan Am Services
  • Raytheon Aircraft Services
  • Cessna Aircraft Company
  • Aerospace Electronics Inc. (AEI)
  • American West Airlines
  • American Aerospace Corp.
  • TRAX