College of Technology

Aircraft Maintenance Program Information

Program Description

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The field of Aircraft Maintenance has a huge, largely unfilled demand. Aircraft Technicians perform all types of maintenance on airplanes, helicopters, gliders and balloons. They inspect, maintain and repair airframes, power plants, and the respective systems and components of various makes and models of aircraft. Technicians may overhaul and alter aircraft in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations and guidelines. Technicians need a high degree of interpersonal skills as they interact regularly with aircraft owners and other maintenance personnel.

Based on regular scheduling, mechanics inspect the engines, landing gear, controls, instruments, structure and other parts of the plane and perform necessary repairs and adjustments. They are trained to disassemble the engine and check the parts for wear using sensitive measurement instruments. Worn or defective parts are repaired or replaced. Technicians may also repair aircraft fabric and sheet metal surfaces; measure the tension of control cables; or check for rust, distortion, and cracks in the fuselage and wings. They perform the maintenance or repairs as needed according to detailed Federal or Manufacturer's specifications. All inspections, maintenance and repairs are documented in the planes aircraft maintenance records.

Technicians are schooled in airframe related welding, aircraft structural design, hardware, electrical, hydraulic, as well as heating and air conditioning systems. Engine education encompasses both reciprocating and turbine design and operation.

Certificates & Degrees

  • Technical Certificate Airframe
  • Advanced Technical Certificate Powerplant (includes Airframe)
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree Airframe and Powerplant

Program Options & Length:

  • Program begins in August
  • Program length is 2 1/2 to 5 semesters
  • Admits 22 students each year
  • Typical classroom hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 days per week
  • Summer Session - mandatory

Cost of Attendance

Fees apply to the current Idaho State University fee schedule which includes mandatory student health insurance. Students with existing health insurance coverage may waive student health insurance. Waivers are available at

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.