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Certificate Program in Development

Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT)

This proposed, hands-on training certificate program is designed to be completed in under 18 months and will prepare students to work as technicians in the aviation industry and beyond.

Anticipated Start Date: 2024 

  • Courses will be held in Johnstown at SFU's new Center for Aviation Maintenance and Education at the John Murtha Cambria County Airport.  
  • Students will have on-site access to train on a CRJ200 regional airliner donated by SkyWest Airlines.
  • Our unique curriculum will qualify students for their Airframe and Powerplant certification exams and prepare them to execute precision, detail-oriented maintenance and manufacturing tasks.
  • Skills taught include inspection and manufacturing techniques for metallic and non-metallic structures, hydraulic and vacuum connections, troubleshooting and operation of aircraft systems, and other topics necessary for Aviation Maintenance and other industries.
  • SFU is partnered with SkyWest Airlines, giving AMTS graduates access to their AMT Pathway Program.  Student benefits include mentorship, enhanced company seniority, tuition reimbursement, and a guaranteed final interview for qualified candidates.

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AMT Career Outlook

The U.S. Department of  Labor cites a critical workforce gap  in the aviation maintenance field with an estimated 626,000 new technicians needed by 2040. SFU's proposed Aviation Maintenance Technician training program is being 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.

Pilot Training

Recognizing the global shortage of pilots, SFU entered the aviation education space in 2017 after receiving startup funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to develop a pilot training program in partnership with Nulton Aviation Services. The curriculum allows traditional undergraduate students and working professionals to earn a pilot license while pursuing various college degrees. Through the Aviation Specialization, students can obtain a Private Pilot License and a Commercial License within 3.5 years. Learn more at francis.edu/aviation

Elite Partner with Skywest Airlines

 In 2022, SFU because 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 various benefits while completing their training, including mentoring by experienced pilots and mechanics, enhanced company seniority, and a guaranteed job interview.


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