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

The Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) SkillBridge 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, B-737 Familiarization Certificate by industry parent AAR 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, including coaching, resume writing and industry partner onboarding activities.

Successful program attendees will receive one guaranteed interview with one of our recognized industry hiring partners.


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

Frequently Asked Questions

The DoD SkillBridge program offers service members valuable experience through specific industry training opportunities during the last 180 days of service.

This nine-week, full-time program is offered three times per year in January, May and September.

Transitioning service members, honorably discharged veterans and eligible military spouses. Service members are eligible to attend the program within their last 180 days of military service.
No. Applicants only need to have a mechanical aptitude and a willingness to work in the aerospace industry.
No. Service members who already have an A&P Certificate should apply directly to an employer of their choice.
This is a nine-week, full-time program held Monday through Friday at designated locations.
Yes. Participants earn an Aviation Maintenance Technology Part 65 Certificate from Embry-Riddle and a B-737 industry certificate from AAR.

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.

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. 


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 AAR's website or by watching this video.


Amentum is a premier leader in global engineering, project management and solutions integration, modernizing the most critical missions anywhere in the world today and in the future. Their customers rely on them to successfully manage and execute the most complex programs of scale and provide them with the solutions they need for an unpredictable world.

They are recognized as a top military and veteran employer by Military Friendly, U.S. Veterans Magazine, Military.com and Disabled American Veterans.

For more information, visit Amentum's website.

The Boeing Company

As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. Veterans represent 15% of Boeing’s workforce, accounting for roughly 20,000 employees.

Headquartered in Virginia, commercial airplane production takes place in three major facilities: Everett, WA; Renton, WA; and North Charleston, SC.

For more information, visit Boeing’s website.

HAECO Americas

HAECO Americas supports aircraft carriers around the world through a broad array of aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and engineering services, as well as comprehensive cabin interiors products and services through its Cabin Solutions division.

Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, HAECO Americas employs over 2,000 individuals across four locations, including two multi-hangar facilities in Greensboro, North Carolina and Lake City, Florida, as well as the HAECO Cabin Solutions facilities in High Point and Wallburg, North Carolina in the U.S.

For more information, visit Haeco's website.

Hawaiian Airlines

At Hawaiian Airlines, over 7,000 employees throughout the Islands and across all travel destinations are honored to serve guests and community with a passion for air travel, a commitment to world-class service and the unique desire to introduce authentic Hawaiian hospitality to the rest of the world.

For more information, visit Hawaiian Airlines' website.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 110,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

For more information, visit Lockheed Martin's website.

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a pioneering technology company that brings the unique perspectives of ambitious, curious people together. They work to solve the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever-evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Their 95,000 employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people’s lives around the world. Approximately 25% of Northrop Grumman’s team are veterans or active reservists.

For more information, visit Northrop Grumman's website.

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's website or by watching this YouTube video.


StandardAero offers extensive maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services and custom solutions for business aviation, commercial aviation, military and industrial power customers. About 6,000 professional, administrative and technical employees work in 38 major facilities around the world, with additional strategically located regional service and support centers all across the globe. Services include MRO for aircraft and rotorcraft engines, auxiliary power units and components; airframe services including major alterations; FAA authorized avionics capabilities; comprehensive engineering services; and custom exterior and interior design, completion and paint. We provide these capabilities through our network of specialized facilities and mobile service teams.

For more information, visit StandardAero's website.

Our industry hiring partners have numerous locations and open positions. Starting salaries depend on experience and location and vary among industry hiring partners.
Each service has established its own rules on this subject; service members must contact their installation SkillBridge point of contact for details about service specific requirements. Generally, members are authorized to participate at locations/installations other than where they are currently assigned; however, the member is responsible for his/her own travel to and from home installation and lodging during the cohort.

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

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.

According to Boeing’s Pilot and Technician Outlook 2022-2041, long-term demand for newly qualified aviation personnel remains strong, as 602,000 new pilots, 610,000 new maintenance technicians and 899,000 new cabin crew members will be needed to fly and maintain the global commercial fleet over the next 20 years.

Additional information can be found at:

Every Thursday at 3 p.m. EST. You can participate in the weekly AMT SkillBridge Brief via Zoom.

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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 SkillBridge Information Briefing.

If you’re located on a military installation that does not offer the program, we offer a virtual option, or consider using permissive TDY to travel to an installation that offers the program.

Step 2 — Contact Embry-Riddle

Inquire with your local Embry-Riddle Worldwide site to discuss program and financial details, or contact our Enrollment Operations Center at 800-522-6787 or AMTSkillBridge@erau.edu for assistance.

Step 3 — Apply for Admission

Apply now to Embry-Riddle Worldwide. Local 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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In the News

Two Embry-Riddle teams, including Tea Galon (far left) and Hannah Daren (front, third from left), competed in the 2023 Aerospace Maintenance Competition