Associate of Applied Science

Aviation Maintenance

70 Credits
  • Experience a balance of theoretical study and hands-on laboratory work with a broad background in mathematics and physics
  • Gain the expertise required to enter the workforce in entry-level aviation maintenance and related fields

Be Futureproof with Our Aviation Maintenance Degree Program

The aviation maintenance associate degree was developed with a balanced combination of theoretical study, hands-on laboratory work and a broad background in mathematics and physics. The career and curriculum focus allows students to enter their careers with the ability to adapt to the ever-changing demands and technology of this industry.


Maintenance overhaul and modification techniques are included, in addition to a strong background in manufacturing processes. Vaughn’s emphasis on computer applications, attention to skill-building and hands-on experience prepares students to enter the workforce in entry-level positions in aviation maintenance and related fields. 

88% of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
75% of Vaughn grads are employed in their field or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed in their field or continue their education within one year.*


Is aviation a career you are interested in? Upon completing the aviation maintenance associate degree, you can pursue general, corporate or airline aviation as maintenance and overhaul technicians. You can also pursue positions in aircraft manufacturing or related industries. These careers are all possible with the aviation maintenance courses we offer―covering general education and specific aviation maintenance methods and theory.

Vaughn College awards 30 college credits to students who receive the airframe and powerplant (A&P) certificate or who successfully complete Vaughn’s Aviation Training Institute approved curriculum (or an equivalent military certificate of eligibility).

Sample Classes
  • Airframe and Powerplant Certificates
  • American Government
  • Computer Science I – Visual BASIC
  • English
  • Global Civilization
  • Public Speaking


Students who complete the aviation maintenance associate degree can either enter the workforce at an entry-level job level in aviation maintenance or related fields, or move on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance from Vaughn College.

Graduates of the aviation maintenance associate program pursue positions in a variety of airline and flight operations departments, in addition to component manufacturing and repair shop roles. Vaughn’s extensive network in the industry―and with alumni―allows students to pursue internships during their coursework and full-time roles shortly after finishing the degree. Aviation maintenance technician jobs are in high demand with the changes in technology―and our curriculum will prepare you to succeed in these roles.

Career Insights


  • American Eagle
  • Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • General Electric
  • jetBlue Airways
  • United Airlines


  • American Dynamics
  • Atlas Air
  • Disney College Program
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • FAA (Enterprise Data and Messaging Engineering Team)
  • FAA (Tech Center)
  • Federal Express
  • FlightSafety International
  • General Electric
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
  • NASA
  • NASA (Marshall Space Flight Center)
  • Navair (Naval Air Systems Command)
  • NBC
  • NYU Engineering Summer Research
  • Rashid Petroleum Company
  • Sikorsky Helicopters
  • Textron Aviation
  • United Airlines
  • Venture Aerobearings
  • Watertown Airport


*Outcomes include data within one year of graduation for graduates who reported via survey. There were a total of 237 graduates in 2020. 178 reported an outcome for an 75% response rate. The 2020 graduate class includes September 2019, December 2019 and May 2020 graduates.