Aviation Maintenance Technology Program for Transitioning Military

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide is proud to offer an exciting new workforce development initiative that connects transitioning U.S. military personnel, veterans and military spouses to committed aerospace industry hiring partners.

The Aviation Maintenance Technology program is a nine-week, full-time program designed to train and place transitioning service members, honorably-discharged veterans and eligible military spouses into aviation maintenance and technician careers with reputable aerospace industry partners who are committed to hiring them.

Applicants are not required to have an aviation maintenance background, but a mechanical aptitude is required. Since the training classroom is the duty location for active service members, full-time attendance is mandatory.

The program is currently open to military service members who are within six months of separation or retirement, as well as recently transitioned veterans with an honorable discharge and military spouses. Program attendees must meet eligibility requirements and be willing to relocate to industry partner hiring locations.

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Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the program provides graduates with an 18-credit hour Aviation Maintenance Certificate and career opportunities with committed aerospace industry hiring partners that value the skills and attitude that veterans have. This means less uncertainty during the transition process.

In addition to the nine-week technical coursework, committed aerospace industry hiring partners and ERAU Career Services offer a variety of career enhancement opportunities to include coaching, resume writing, and industry partner onboarding activities.  

Successful program attendees will receive guaranteed interviews with recognized industry hiring partners, such as Pratt & Whitney and AAR.


ERAU is currently accepting applications for the 9-week program at the following locations:

New locations coming soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

The 18-credit hour Aviation Maintenance Technology Certificate provides broad academic knowledge of general aeronautics, airframe systems, and power plant systems. The curriculum consists of six courses that can be transferred into the AS/BS Aviation Maintenance or AS/BS Aeronautics degree programs.

If you have satisfied the experience requirements established by FAA Part 65.77 to qualify for the Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certificate, then this program will provide you with foundational knowledge necessary to take the FAA written, oral, and practical examination. Select industry partners want candidates to be as close as possible to obtaining the A&P Certificate.

If you have NOT satisfied the 18 – 30 months of practical experience necessary to qualify for the A&P Certificate, then select industry partners are committed to hiring and will provide you with the necessary practical experience.

AMNT 240  General Aeronautics and Applications - 3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an introduction to general aeronautics. It includes the study of physical mathematics, weight and balance, government regulations regarding aircraft maintenance, common and special tools and measuring devices, fluid lines, hardware, aircraft servicing, and documentation.

AMNT 260  Aircraft Electrical Systems Theory - 3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an introduction to aircraft electrical systems. The study of the principles and concepts of basic DC and AC electrical theory, magnetism, batteries, generators, motors, voltage regulators, circuit protection, and electrical component installations are included in this course.

AMNT 270  Airframe Structures and Applications - 3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an introduction to airframe structures, appropriate applications and repairs. The study of aircraft wood, dope, fabric, sheet metal, welding theory and methods of fabrication are included in this course.

AMNT 271  Airframe Systems and Applications - 3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an introduction to airframe systems and applications. The study of airframe systems such as aircraft electrical system, fuel systems, cabin atmosphere control systems, instrument systems, communication and navigation systems, ice and rain control systems, fire protection systems, and aircraft inspection are included in this course.

AMNT 280  Reciprocating Engine Theory and Applications - 3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an introduction into the characteristics of the reciprocating engine. Topics of study include theory, construction, propeller systems, fuel metering, lubrication, exhaust, engine installation and overhaul, and operational maintenance procedures.

AMNT 281  Turbine Engine Theory and Applications - 3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an introduction into aircraft propulsion systems and applications. Theory, principles of operation, and controls and systems for propellers and turbine engines are analyzed in this course.

Pratt & Whitney

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. Their large commercial engines power nearly 30 percent of the world's mainline passenger aircraft fleet. Thirty-four armed forces around the world use their military engines.  Their products also include airborne auxiliary power units and small expendable and recoverable turbojet propulsion systems.

Additional information can be found at Pratt & Whitney or by watching this video.


AAR is an independent provider of aviation services to commercial and government customers around the globe. The company was incorporated in 1955 and today has revenues of approximately $1.8 billion with more than 6,000 employees in 20 countries. AAR’s aftermarket expertise and award-winning market solutions, which can be integrated or leveraged separately, help customers increase efficiency and reduce costs while maintaining high levels of quality, service and safety. AAR is a trusted partner to airlines, militaries and OEMs delivering competitiveness so they can focus on transporting passengers, cargo and parts around the world.

Additional information can be found at aarcorp.com or by watching this video.

The Aviation Maintenance Technology Certificate Program is approved for VA benefits. ERAU-WW tuition rates apply:

  • Active-duty Military: $4,500.00 ($750.00 per 3-credit course over six courses)
  • Veterans: $7,434.00 ($1,239.00 per 3-credit hour course over six courses)

Courseware: App. $300

Eligible participants will receive a $125 book VA stipend per course for Chap. 33 (Post 9/11).

NOTE: Military TA cannot be used for SkillBridge Programs.

Apply for the Program

Step 1 — Determine Eligibility and Attend Information Briefing

Contact your installation's Skillbridge/Career Skills Office or Transition Program to determine eligibility. Attend an Aviation Maintenance Information Briefing.

If you’re not eligible – or if you’re located on a military installation that does not offer the program – consider taking our Aviation Maintenance Part 65 Certificate Program online.

Step 2 — Contact Embry-Riddle

Inquire with your local Embry-Riddle Worldwide campus to discuss program and financial details

Or, contact our Enrollment Operations Center at 800-522-6787, or worldwide@erau.edu for assistance.

Step 3 — Apply for Admission

Local Embry-Riddle Worldwide campus staff can guide you through the application process.

Step 4 — Complete Admission and Registration Requirements

Schedule a meeting with your Embry-Riddle academic advisor to help you get ready for the program.

Industry Partners

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