New Hands-on Certificate Program

Aviation Maintenance Technician Program

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Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Certificate Program

This hands-on technical training certificate program is designed to be completed in 21 months and will prepare students to work as technicians in the aviation industry and beyond.


  • Prepare to test for your FAA General, Airframe, and Powerplant certificate in less than 2 years
  • Gain hands-on experience executing precision, detail-oriented maintenance, and manufacturing tasks.
  • Offered through SFU's FAA certified part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technician School.
  • Train in our brand-new hangar facilities conveniently located at the Johnstown Airport.
  • Benefit from on-site access to train on a CRJ200 regional airliner donated by SkyWest Airlines.
  • Future AMT graduates will be able to access SkyWest Airlines AMT Pathway Program.
  • Total program cost of $51, 014 includes high quality industry tools.
  • Qualified students can test out of general courses to save time & money.

First Class Starts: 8/26/2024.  Courses will be held in Johnstown at SFU's new Aviation Education Center at the John Murtha Cambria County Airport.  Apply today to be one of the first students to go through this in-demand training program.
 

Now enrolling for Fall 2024!

CURRICULUM & COURSES

What You’ll Learn in the AMT Certificate Program

The Aviation Maintenance Technician Program is a 21-month certificate program that provides the necessary training required by the Federal Aviation Administration to test for an Airframe and Powerplant “A&P Certificate” License. This hands-on technical program provides a strong foundation in mechanical and electrical knowledge as it applies to aircraft. These highly transferrable skills are not limited to aircraft and are valuable in many fields and disciplines.

  • Structure/Delivery
  • Student Outcomes
  • Degree Pathways
  • Program Snapshot

    • 55 total credits
    • Combination of lectures and  labs
    • Courses are taught in SFU's Aviation Education Center at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport 
    • View course descriptions: 24/25 Course Catalog


    Graduates from this program will be prepared to enter the workforce as an entry-level Aviation Maintenance Technician assuming they pass testing to receive their A&P license. The AMT is designed to prepare students to pass the licensing test at the end of this 21-month program. Students will also learn everything listed through ACS standards as it is required by the FAA.  

     

    FAA Standing

    Saint Francis Univesrity is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technician School

  • Learning Goals:  

    • Apply knowledge of general classes as they relate to aviation systems.  
       
    • Apply knowledge from classes and perform Airframe maintenance proficiently.  
       
    • Apply knowledge from classes and perform Powerplant maintenance proficiently.  
       

    Students will attain the knowledge through lectures and labs to pass the licensing test at the end of this 21-month program. Students will also learn everything listed through ACS standards as it is required by the FAA.  


    Objectives:  

    Students will have a solid foundation for every element found in ATA chapters which are standard aircraft maintenance sections. Enough so that they will pass their oral, written, and practical tests which will grant them their A&P License.  

    • Students will be able to complete assigned tasks and projects on airframe and powerplant systems using tools.  
       
    • Students will be able to apply airframe theories and concepts to hands-on projects.  
       
    • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of operation, inspection, servicing, repair, and troubleshooting procedures for aircraft airframe and powerplant systems.  
       
    • Students will be able to inspect aircraft systems to identify defects.  
       
    • Students will be able to navigate manuals to find required documentation to repair aircraft.  
       
    • Students will be able to apply theories to different engines and engine systems.  
       
    • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of operation, inspection, servicing, repair, and troubleshooting procedures for aircraft airframe and powerplant systems.  
       
  • Online Degree Opportunities

    Students who wish to pursue a college degree in addition to the AMT Certification may enroll in the Associate of Applied Science in Specialized Studies.  This laddering degree program allows students to count credits earned in the AMT program toward their A.A.S. with only 4 additional courses required to earn an A.A.S.   Credits can also be used to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership.

AMT Tuition and Fees

  • Total Program Costs

    AMT Estimated Program Costs

     Based on 2024-25 Tuition Rates


    Total Student Cost: $51,013.20


    • First-semester: $16,112.68 
      includes optional tools and laptop fees: see breakdown
    • Additional semesters (each/estimated): $8833.88 

     

  • Breakdown of Tuition and Fees

    Breakdown of Tuition and Fees

    Based on 2024-25 Tuition Rates


    AMT Tuition  
    per semester
    $7,975
    AMT Tools (optional):
    one-time fee
    $5,428.80
    Laptop Fee (optional):
    one-time fee
    $1,450
    Technology Fee:
    per semester
    $30
    AMT Uniform:
    one-time fee
    $190
    AMT Lab fee 
    per semester
    $85
    AMT Exam Fee 
    per semester
    $105
    Book Fee 
    per semester
    $593.88

    Additional Details: 

    Tuition: Tuition is charged at a flat rate. Any credits over the base will be charged at the Division of Professional Studies rate.  

    One-Time Fees: Billed at the start of the program. 

    Optional Fees: Can be waived if the student already owns tools or a laptop that meets the program specs.

    Uniform Fee: Includes 5 uniforms per student.

    Exam Fee: Covers 3 written tests at $175 each. SFU purchases vouchers for students to test at the end of the program. 

    Out-of-Pocket Expense: Students should budget an estimated $525 in addition to these above fees to cover the third-party  DME Fee for proctoring.  

Contact Us

Pavkovich

 

Brianna Pavkovich
Director of the Aviation Maintenance Technician School
814-471-1153
bpavkovich@francis.edu

 
 

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Industry Need for AMTs

The U.S. Department of  Labor cites a critical workforce gap  in the aviation maintenance field with an estimated 132,000 new technicians needed in the United States alone by 2040. SFU's Aviation Maintenance Technician training program was developed to help fill this workforce need.


Aviation Maintenance Technician School

Saint Francis University received a  $1 million grant from the ARC's POWER Initiative in 2022 to launch an Aviation Maintenance Technician School at the John P. Murtha Johnstown Cambria County Airport in Johnstown through a collaboration with the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport Authority, Nulton Aviation Services, Cambria County, SkyWest Airlines,  Lockheed Martin Aeroparts, Inc., and Martin-Baker America. The AMTS aims to provide a fast-paced program that prepares students for work as Aviation Maintenance Technicians with both Airframe and Powerplant certifications.


 

Elite Partner with Skywest Airlines

 In 2022, SFU became an Elite Partner with SkyWest Airlines. The partnership allows SFU students to access SkyWest’s Pilot Pathway Program and the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Pathway Program. 

These programs allow students access to various benefits while completing their training, including mentoring by experienced pilots and mechanics, enhanced company seniority, and a guaranteed job interview.

 

SFU Aviation News

Blog

Saint Francis University's Aviation Maintenance Technician Program Achieves FAA Certification

University Communications & Marketing | 07/17/2024
Loretto, PA (07/17/2024) — Saint Francis University proudly announces that its new Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) certificate program received formal Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification in late May. This milestone makes the AMT program the only FAA Part 147 aviation maintenance technician school in Cambria County and the only offering of its kind in the surrounding counties. SFU's new AMT program provides a comprehensive FAA-aligned, 21-month curriculum emphasizing specialized hands-on training. Students gain expertise in precision, detail-oriented maintenance, and

SFU names inaugural director for new Aviation Maintenance Technician School

Marie Young, University Communications & Marketing | 10/10/2023
Saint Francis University has appointed Brianna Pavkovich of Rockwood, PA, the inaugural director of the university's newest workforce development initiative, the Aviation Maintenance Technician certificate program. As the new director, her first duties include guiding the program through the FAA approval process with the goal of beginning classes in Fall 2024. 

SFU Receives $1 Million Dollar ARC POWER Grant for Aviation Maintenance Technician School

Marie Young, University Marketing & Communications | 10/18/2022
Saint Francis University has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to launch an Aviation Maintenance Technician School. The new Aviation Maintenance Technician School will be sited at the John Murtha Johnstown Cambria County Airport and will offer a 14 CFR 147-certified training curriculum for Aviation Maintenance Technicians.

Press Release: SFU launches new Aviation program with Nulton Aviation

Marie Young, University Communications & Marketing | 05/19/2018
PRESS RELEASE (May 10, 2018) A new Saint Francis University program offered in partnership with Nulton Aviation Services of Johnstown will allow students to earn a bachelor's degree and a private/commercial pilot's license at the same time.