Marshall University and Mountwest Community and Technical College’s (MCTC) Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) department have been granted FAA Part 147 certification.
Wednesday’s certification opens the door for Marshall and Mountwest to start offering aviation maintenance technology as a program in their aviation divisions.
In a statement, Marshall Division of Aviation head Carl Mummert said he is excited to bring this opportunity to students. “We are glad the FAA has approved our joint program between Marshall and MCTC. This program will provide well-paying jobs for our graduates and extend our commitment to developing the aviation industry in West Virginia and the region.”
MCTC will now open enrollment for fall 2022. Each semester the school will accept up to 30 students into the program.
The AMT program will consist of specialized, hands-on instruction to prepare students for entry into the aviation maintenance industry servicing general aviation or commercial aircraft. Located at the Tri-State Airport (KHTS), in Huntington, West Virginia, the program will provide training opportunities to communities in West Virginia and Ohio, as well as Kentucky.
The aviation maintenance Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree will run continuously, year-round, for 18 months. Students will be eligible to sit for the FAA airframe and powerplant certification exams after graduation. A&P certifications are valid in any state and can bring in an average salary of $65,000 annually.
To provide students with the best chance of finding a job after passing the FAA exam, the AMT program is partnered with Delta Air Lines [NYSE: DAL] Technical Operations and Embraer [NYSE: ERJ] (the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world), as well as many other aircraft manufacturing and maintenance companies.