Aviation Maintenance Science (AMS) students are responsible for knowing, understanding, and adhering to the policies and guidelines found in the University Student Handbook along with the policies in this handbook.

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Chairman's Welcome

I want to congratulate you on your decision to join our learning community. Embry-Riddle has a rich history in aviation maintenance training, with generations of professionals who have completed our curriculum. Many have gone on to work for airlines, corporate flight departments, the government, aerospace manufacturers and space programs.

The discipline you have chosen is unique and technically sophisticated. You will be learning to maintain some of the most advanced aerospace systems in the world. Our faculty are experts in their field's and are always willing to help. They are committed to your success, so please feel free to reach out to them.

Our department operates under strict adherence to its safety policies. This handbook can be very helpful. It addresses the common areas where students most often generate questions.

Welcome aboard and we look forward to helping you achieve your educational goals. I wish you a successful semester.

King regards,

R. Eric Jones signature.

R. Eric Jones
AMS Department Chair, Associate Professor

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AMS Degree Programs

The Aviation Maintenance Science (AMS) department offers several degrees.

  • Associates of Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance Science (ASAMS).
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance Science (BSAMS) with four possible areas of concentration (AOC):
    • Avionics Cybertechnology & Security
    • Flight
    • Maintenance Management
    • Safety Science
  • Both of the above courses of study will result in obtaining the FAA Airframe & Power Plant (A&P) certification.
  • Avionics Line Maintenance (ALM) minor which will lead to Satcom Direct's AeroIT certification, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license, NCATT Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification, Electronics Technician Association International (ETAI) and Associate Certified Electronic Technician (CET).

For more information regarding these degrees, please view the catalog.

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Saving Time & Money

Assuming there are no scheduling conflicts:

  • Block tuition: 12-16 hours
  • A student in good standing who enrolls in a full academic schedule (12 credit hours of General Education or Area Of Concentration (AOC) courses) can add one more course of up to four credit hours without incurring any additional cost.
  • Block tuition is also available to students who enroll in a full schedule of AMS technical track courses (12 credit hours).

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Attendance Requirements

  • Under the requirements of CFR Part 147, attendance is mandatory!
  • All material missed, including labs, must be made up prior to the course final exam.
  • Poor Attendance:
    • 10% absenteeism prompts a referral to the assigned advisor.
    • 15% absenteeism will result in an automatic "F" for the course.
    • Excessive absences will result in a Student Performance Report, generated by the Instructor.
  • AMS Summer Classes start a week prior to the rest of the University, unless noted otherwise.

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Dress & Safety Codes

  • All lab environments require students to have long trousers, a shirt or blouse with sleeves (no midriff showing) and closed-toe athletic or work shoes. No exceptions.
  • All labs require the use of safety glasses to be worn at all times. Safety glasses must meet Z87+ specifications.
  • Students not conforming to these policies will be asked to leave the lab environment, making them responsible for making up missed material.

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Tool Requirements

  • Every student is required to have their own tools.
  • Tools may be purchased from any source as long as you have the complete kit described in the tool kit listing.
  • Complete General and Advanced kits are available at the Bookstore.

Important Note: Due to the similarity of the tool bags, students are encouraged to clearly identify their bags with their name.

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General AMS Tool Kit

Note: The General Toolkit is required for General Airframe & Power Plant (A&P) courses.

  • Duckbill pliers, 7 3/4” long
  • Diagonal cutting pliers, 6 1/3” long
  • Needle nose Pliers, 6” long
  • 6” Slip-joint pliers
  • Center punch, 5” long
  • Pin punch 3/32” diameter
  • Pin punch 1/8” diameter
  • Pin punch 5/32” diameter
  • Pin punch 3/16” diameter
  • Pin punch 1/4” diameter
  • Chisel, 1/2” wide x 5 1/2” long
  • Ball peen hammer, 8 oz.
  • Plastic tip hammer, 16 oz.
  • Hacksaw for 10-12” blades
  • Hacksaw blades 32 teeth (2 ea.)
  • Flat file, 10”
  • Half round file, 10”
  • Round file, 10”
  • Flat file, 6”
  • 4” file set
  • Adjustable file handle
  • 6” divider
  • 6” ruler with 1/64", 1/32", 1/16" & 1/8” scales
  • 10’ flexible steel tape, 3/4 blade
  • Combination square with 1/64”, 1/32”, 1/16” & 1/8” scales
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing Protection, ear muffs control pouch (Must withstand a min. of 23 decibels)
  • Double point scribe
  • No. 2 Phillips screwdriver 6” long
  • 6” long, 5/16” Straight Slot Screwdriver
  • Aviation snip set (straight, right, left cut)
  • 3/32” Twist drill
  • 1/8” Twist drill (2 ea.)
  • 5/32” Twist drill
  • 3/16” Twist drill
  • 5/16” Twist drill
  • 37. 7/16” Twist drill
  • 3/8” Twist drill
  • 1/4” Twist drill
  • No. 03 Twist drill
  • No. 10 Twist drill
  • No. 11 Twist drill
  • No. 21 Twist drill
  • No. 22 Twist drill
  • No. 27 Twist drill
  • No. 29 Twist drill
  • No. 30 Twist drill (2 ea.)
  • No. 31 Twist drill
  • No. 40 Twist drill
  • No. 41 Twist drill
  • No. 51 Twist drill
  • Letter F twist drill
  • Letter I twist drill
  • Letter Q twist drill
  • Tool Bag
  • Flashlight
  • Inspection mirror
  • Fractional, Numbered and Letter Drill Control Pouch
  • Respirator
  • Tool Control Pouch for Combo Wrenches
  • Combo 12-pt wrench 3/8”
  • Combo 12-pt wrench 7/16”
  • Combo 12-pt wrench 1/2”
  • Combo 12-pt wrench 9/16”
  • Combo 12-pt wrench 5/8”
  • Combo 12-pt wrench 11/16”
  • Combo 12-pt wrench 3/4”
  • Combo 12-pt wrench 7/8”
  • Combo 12-pt wrench 15/16”
  • Combo 12-pt wrench 1”
  • Combo 12-pt wrench 1/4”
  • Combo 12-pt wrench 5/16”
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Advanced AMS Tool Kit

Note: The Advanced Toolkit is required for both the Airframe and the Power Plant A&P courses.

  • 3/16-3/8 Combo ignition wrench set with pouch
  • 3/8” drive ratchet set w/extension
  • 3/8” drive 12-pt socket, 3/8”
  • 3/8” drive 12-pt socket, 7/16”
  • 3/8” drive 12-pt socket, 1/2”
  • 3/8” drive 12-pt socket, 9/16”
  • 3/8” drive 12-pt socket, 5/8”
  • 3/8” drive 12-pt socket, 11/16”
  • 3/8” drive 12-pt socket, 3/4”
  • Tool control for sockets
  • 1/2” drive deep-well spark plug socket, 6-pt
  • 3 /8” drive flex handle
  • 3 /8” drive 6-pt socket, 7/16”
  • 3 /8” drive 12-pt socket, 13/16”
  • 3 /8” drive 6-pt. socket, 9/16”
  • 3 /8” drive 6-pt socket, 7/8”
  • 3/8” to 1/4” adapter
  • 1 /4” to 3/8” adapter
  • 3/8” to 1/2” adapter
  • 1/2” to 3/8” adapter
  • Torx T-20 bit or screwdriver
  • 1/4” drive flex handle
  • 12pt 1/4” drive socket set 1/4-9/16”
  • 1/4” drive ratchet
  • 1/4” drive 6” extension
  • 1/4” drive universal joint
  • Allen wrench set: .028”, .035”, 3/64”, 1/16”, 5/64”, 3/32”, 7/64”, 1/8”, 9/64”, 5/32”,3/16”, 7/32”, 1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8”
  • Feeler gauge, tapered leaf .0015-.025
  • Flexible magnet pick-up tool
  • Stripper for wire, size No. 14-22
  • 1/4” drive long shank driver
  • 10” Crescent Wrench
  • 40w soldering iron
  • 5” Flush cut plier
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AMS 116 Tool Kit

  • Digital Multimeter with 50,000 OHMS/ Volt DC-10,000 OHMS/Volt AC capability
  • Electronic parts kit — must be purchased at Bookstore
  • Scientific Calculator TI-30Xa
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Avionics Line Maintenance (ALM) General Tool Kit

  • Digital Multimeter
  • Small electrical flush cut pliers
  • Magnifying glass

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Use of Tobacco & Nicotine

  • Since Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a Tobacco Free Institution, students are prohibited from using any form of tobacco products to include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, dipping/snuff, smokeless cigarettes, electronic cigarettes/vaping, hookahs and chewing tobacco.
  • If you are observed using any tobacco or nicotine products in or around the AMS Building, including behind AMS Hangar and the 2nd or 3rd floor Observatories, you will be reported to the Dean of Students Office.

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Random Drug Testing

In an effort to uphold ERAU’s highest standards of conduct, promote a healthy and safe environment for our students, and in keeping with aviation industry standards, our department has instituted a random drug testing program.

  • Students are randomly selected by computer.
  • Upon selection, students must check-in for the test in accordance with the date and time established on the notification.
  • Testing is conducted by licensed independent medical personnel who adhere to state and federal testing requirements.

Additional information on the University’s drug policy can be found in the Embry-Riddle Student Handbook.

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Grading Policy

  • The Aviation Maintenance Science Department operates under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved grading policy.
  • Grading under this policy is calculated on a 7-point scale:

    Letter Grade Grade Scale Student GPA
    A 93-100 4
    B 85-92 3
    C 77-84 2
    D 70-76 1
    F 69 and below 0
  • University policy requires that all grades be reported throughout the course of a semester: early, mid-term and final.
  • Students in AMS courses with a grade below a 77 will receive an unsatisfactory grade on their early and mid-term grade reports.

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AMS Comprehensive Exams

  • To be eligible to test for the FAA A&P certification, students must successfully pass the AMS Department’s Comprehensive Examinations (Comp Exams) for General, Airframe and Power Plant. Upon successful completion of the curriculum and airframe and power plant Comp exam, the student will receive a completion certificate from the AMS Department. The certificate is required to proceed into the FAA testing process at ERAU. A minimum score of 77% is required to pass each exam.
  • Eligibility for an AMS Certification of completion requires a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) for the courses in the respective curriculum. For example, to be eligible for the General Comp Exam, a student must have a minimum average 2.0 GPA for the four courses of the General curriculum (AMS 115, AMS 116, AMS 117 and AMS 118).
  • Repeating course work to increase GPA or replace “F” grades from a past or current semesters will nullify a related curriculum Comp Exam score.
  • Each comp exam is offered twice during a semester: an initial exam date and a re-test exam date.
  • Students have until the “last day of registration” for each semester to register through Campus Solutions in the same manner as registering for a course. The AMS Comp Exams are assigned to the following course numbers:
    • General - AMS 190
    • Airframe - AMS 290
    • Power Plant - AMS 390
  • The current cost of AMS Comp Exams are available by contacting a representative of the AMS Department. Students are eligible for a 100% refund of AMS Comp Exam charges up to the “last day of registration” for each semester.
  • It is recommended to take Comp Exams as each section of curriculum is completed. Delaying Comp Exams until the A&P Program is completed is not advised. Note: The FAA General Oral & Practical test must be combined with either an Airframe or Power Plant Oral & Practical test; it cannot be taken by itself.

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Airframe & Power Plant Certification

  • It is recommended students begin their certification process as they progress through the program.
  • Waiting until the end is not recommended.
  • There are three core areas:
    • General
    • Airframe
    • Power plant
  • Each core area is tested with a written, oral and a practical exam.
  • Written exams are taken at the FAA Testing Center located on the first floor of Building 311 (Advanced Flight Simulation Center), Room 101D.
  • Orals and Practicals (Os & Ps) will be administered by one of the Aviation Maintenance Science (AMS) Department’s Designated Mechanic Examiners (D.M.E.).
A sample Airframe and Powerplant Certification.

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AMS Department Directory

Name Title Phone Number Room
Armstrong, Thomas Assistant Professor 386.226.7969 EBM 308E
Beers, Curtis Assistant Professor 386.226.6788 Q 205
Billette, Travis Assistant Professor 386.226.7041 EBM 211
Clarke, LaShonda Assistant Professor 386.226.6783 EBM 308C
Fulbright, Neill Director of Avionics & Cybertechnology 386.226.6651 EBM 218
Geraci, Mitch Associate Professor 386.226.6773 EBM 214
Hammer, Kris Interim Chair, Assistant Professor 386.323.8082 EBM 216
Hancock, Doug Associate Professor 386.226.6376 EBM 213
Horning, Chuck Associate Professor,
Director of Regulatory Compliance & Outreach
386.226.7693 EBM 212
Jin, Linfeng Assistant Professor 386.241.1888 EBM 215
Kent, Tim Assistant Professor 386.226.7755 EBM 210
Klaus, Cristin Assistant Professor 386.226.6377 EBM 308F
Kuhn, Derren Assistant Professor 386.226.6787 EBM 225
Lacy, Jay Instructor 386.226.7108 EBM 209
Lee, Chris Assistant Professor 386.226.6795 EBM 308E
Malis, Jim Assistant Professor 386.323.5067 EBM 227
Muehlfelder, Cole Instructor 386.241.9126 Q 202
Spahn, Chris Engine Repair Station Manager 386.226.4938 EBM 111B
Tetterton, Marshall Associate Professor 386.226.6833 Q 203
Wheeler, Ian Program Coordinator 386.226.6772 EBM 219
Yanus, Tom Associate Professor 386.323.5079 EBM 217