CAU has established itself as the premier aeronautical university on the West Coast, providing training and career opportunities through its professional pilot and aviation business degree programs. As the demand for aviation support professionals presents opportunities in the aviation industry, CAU will be offering the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program starting in March 2021 and has begun enrolling students.
“I am excited, as this program will help train the next generation of qualified aviation mechanics. Filling this void is part of the strategic vision and necessity for our aviation industry—CAU will play a role in that urgency!” noted CAU Provost Dr. Michael Berry. “There is a great shortage of young, dedicated men and women who are able to inspect, repair and certify the airworthiness of general aviation aircraft.” CAU has received an overwhelming amount interest in the AMT program. The requests have been coming in frequently, leaving many prospective applicants chomping at the bit awaiting the program launch. CAU began its planning in 2017, and a foundational meeting was conducted to establish the path for the approval needed to launch the program. Following that meeting, CAU established curriculum material and textbooks that included countless hours of writing and preparing.
CAU had on-campus inspections by the FAA and earned the Part 147 AMT Certificate on September 23rd. “When we set out to promote our professional pilot and businesses aviation degree programs, we were amazed at the overwhelming interest in the potential of an AMT program here at California Aeronautical University and knew we had to work on its development,” said CAU President Matthew Johnston.
The courses in the aviation maintenance technology program are designed to provide the necessary educational opportunities through classroom and laboratory instruction for a person to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to enter the industry as an entry-level airframe and powerplant (A&P) technician. Graduates will be eligible to take applicable FAA examinations. Upon successful completion of the written exams, graduates will be eligible to take the oral and practical examinations to complete the requirements for the FAA A&P Certificate. The program will run for seven terms, about 1 year and three months.
Graduates may enter a number of employment areas, such as general aviation, fixed-base operations, executive aircraft services, major airlines, aircraft contractors, modification operations, and manufacturers as A&P technicians or technical writers. Students who apply and are accepted into the program have the ability to stay in the CAU student housing at the Bakersfield campus, allowing them to focus on their studies and take part in the CAU culture where they eat, sleep, and breathe aviation.