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B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Science

At the heart of every flight of every commercial, private, or military aircraft is the work of the professional aviation maintenance expert. Without the devotion of these very special people, the air travel system would cease to function. The demand for degreed aircraft maintenance specialists in the aviation/aerospace world has never been greater than it is today. The Aviation Maintenance Science (AMS) program at Embry-Riddle produces these aviation professionals, the best in the world.

The Aviation Maintenance Science bachelor’s degree is made up of general education courses, technical courses, and labs that lead to FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic’s certification, and a group of courses known as an area of concentration (AOC). There are three areas of concentration, from which a student picks one, as follows:

  • Maintenance Management
  • Flight
  • Safety Science

The degree is composed of 126 credit hours.

The Maintenance Management AOC is optimized for those who wish to use their maintenance skills as a platform for advancing into a management position in one of the many aviation maintenance environments.

The Flight AOC is for those students who wish to combine a maintenance background with the qualifications of a commercial pilot. The Safety Science AOC combines both industrial and aviation-specific safety courses with the technical coursework that leads to FAA Airframe and Powerplant certifications. The AMS degree is accredited by Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI, formerly Council on Aviation Accreditation), 3410 Skyway Drive, Auburn, AL 86830, telephone: (334) 844-2431.

The courses taken in the Aviation Maintenance Science Department lead to a student being approved for the A&P certification exams. Credit will be granted for any student who enters the University already in possession of the A&P certification.

International certification, which may be equivalent to the Airframe and Powerplant certification, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and, if approved, may be used for academic credit.

  Flight Maintenance Management Safety Science
General Education Core 36 36 36
Area of Concentration 36* 36 36
A&P Technical Courses1 48 48 48
Upper Level Open Electives 6 6 6
Total 126 126 126
 
1

If a student transfers to Embry-Riddle with the A&P mechanic’s certification, 48 credit hours will be awarded and entered on the student’s transcript, 36 as lower-level credits and 12 as upper-level credits.

*

The Flight Area of Concentration in the AMS degree requires a student, once they have matriculated, to take their flight training with Embry-Riddle.

General Education Requirements

For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.

Communication Theory and Skills (COM 122, COM 219, COM 221)9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101)3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Computer Science (CS 120)3
Mathematics *6
Physical Sciences **6
Total Credits36
 
*

Mathematics required courses - Maintenance Management AOC, MA 111 or MA 140 and MA 222. Flight and Safety Science AOC, MA 111 and MA 112.

**

Physical Sciences required courses - Maintenance Management AOC, any two lower level physical science courses with at least one laboratory. Flight and Safety Science AOC, PS 103 and PS 104 (One Laboratory required).

Aviation Maintenance Science Courses (leading to A&P certification)

AMS 115Aviation Mathematics and Physics2
AMS 116Fundamentals of Electricity4
AMS 117Tools, Materials and Processes4
AMS 118Aircraft Familiarization and Regulations2
AMS 261Aircraft Metallic Structures3
AMS 262Aircraft Composite Structures3
AMS 263General Aviation Aircraft Systems3
AMS 264General Aviation Aircraft Electrical and Instrument Systems3
AMS 271Aircraft Reciprocating Powerplant and Systems3
AMS 272Powerplant Electrical and Instrument Systems3
AMS 273Propeller Systems2
AMS 274Aircraft Turbines Powerplants and Systems4
AMS 365Transport Category Aircraft Systems3
AMS 366Transport Category Aircraft Electrical and Instrument Systems3
AMS 375Repair Station Operations3
AMS 376Powerplant Line Maintenance3
Total Credits48

Tuition for the AMS courses is less than for the other courses in the degree, and is billed separately from the University block tuition. Contact the AMS program coordinator for additional information.

Suggested Plan of Study - Common Year One and Year Two

See specific area of concentration for Year Three and Year Four suggested plan of study.

Year One
Credits
AMS 115 Aviation Mathematics and Physics 2
AMS 116 Fundamentals of Electricity 4
AMS 117 Tools, Materials and Processes 4
AMS 118 Aircraft Familiarization and Regulations 2
COM 122 English Composition 3
COM 219 Speech 3
CS 120
CS 120L
Introduction to Computing in Aviation 3
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Lower-Level Humanities Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Two
AMS 261 Aircraft Metallic Structures 3
AMS 262 Aircraft Composite Structures 3
AMS 263 General Aviation Aircraft Systems 3
AMS 264 General Aviation Aircraft Electrical and Instrument Systems 3
AMS 365 Transport Category Aircraft Systems 3
AMS 366 Transport Category Aircraft Electrical and Instrument Systems 3
AMS 271 Aircraft Reciprocating Powerplant and Systems 3
AMS 272 Powerplant Electrical and Instrument Systems 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PS 103 Technical Physics I 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 60.0

Flight Area of Concentration - Single, Blended and Multi Engine

Select one of the following tracks:4
Single Track
Private Single Flight
Instrument Single Flight
Commercial Single Flight
Commercial Multi Add On
Blended Track
Private Single Flight
Instrument Single Flight
Commercial Multi Instrument Flight
Commercial Single Add On Flight
Multi-Track
Private Single Flight
Private Multi Flight with Laboratory
Instrument Multi Flight
Commercial Multi Flight
AMSA 490Aviation Technical Operations3
AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
AS 221Instrument Pilot Operations3
AS 309Aerodynamics3
AS 310Aircraft Performance3
AS 321Commercial Pilot Operations3
AS 350Domestic and International Navigation3
AS 357Flight Physiology3
WX 201Survey of Meteorology3
WX 301Aviation Weather3
Total Credits36

Suggested Course of Study - Flight Area of Concentration

Single Engine Track

Year Three
Credits
AMS 273 Propeller Systems 2
AMS 274 Aircraft Turbines Powerplants and Systems 4
AMS 375 Repair Station Operations 3
AMS 376 Powerplant Line Maintenance 3
AS 121 Private Pilot Operations 5
AS 221 Instrument Pilot Operations 3
FA 121 Private Single Flight 1
FA 221 Instrument Single Flight 1
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
PS 104 Technical Physics II 3
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
Lower-Level Social Science Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal34.0
Year Four
AMSA 490 Aviation Technical Operations 3
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 310 Aircraft Performance 3
AS 321 Commercial Pilot Operations 3
AS 350 Domestic and International Navigation 3
AS 357 Flight Physiology 3
FA 321 Commercial Single Flight 1
FA 323 Commercial Multi Add On 1
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
Upper-Level Open Electives 6
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal32.0
 Credits Total: 66.0

Blended Track

Year Three
Credits
AMS 273 Propeller Systems 2
AMS 274 Aircraft Turbines Powerplants and Systems 4
AMS 375 Repair Station Operations 3
AMS 376 Powerplant Line Maintenance 3
AS 121 Private Pilot Operations 5
AS 221 Instrument Pilot Operations 3
FA 121 Private Single Flight 1
FA 221 Instrument Single Flight 1
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
PS 104 Technical Physics II 3
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
Lower-Level Social Science Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal34.0
Year Four
AMSA 490 Aviation Technical Operations 3
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 310 Aircraft Performance 3
AS 321 Commercial Pilot Operations 3
AS 350 Domestic and International Navigation 3
AS 357 Flight Physiology 3
FA 324 Commercial Multi Instrument Flight 1
FA 326 Commercial Single Add On Flight 1
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
Upper-Level Open Electives 6
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal32.0
 Credits Total: 66.0

Multi Engine Track

Year Three
Credits
AMS 273 Propeller Systems 2
AMS 274 Aircraft Turbines Powerplants and Systems 4
AMS 375 Repair Station Operations 3
AMS 376 Powerplant Line Maintenance 3
AS 121 Private Pilot Operations 5
AS 221 Instrument Pilot Operations 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
FA 121 Private Single Flight 1
FA 122 Private Multi Flight with Laboratory 1
PS 104 Technical Physics II 3
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
Lower-Level Social Science Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal34.0
Year Four
AMSA 490 Aviation Technical Operations 3
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 310 Aircraft Performance 3
AS 321 Commercial Pilot Operations 3
AS 350 Domestic and International Navigation 3
AS 357 Flight Physiology 3
FA 222 Instrument Multi Flight 1
FA 322 Commercial Multi Flight 1
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
Upper-Level Open Electives 6
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal32.0
 Credits Total: 66.0

Maintenance Management Area of Concentration

AMSA 490Aviation Technical Operations3
BA 201Principles of Management3
BA 210Financial Accounting3
BA 220Marketing3
BA 225Business Law3
BA 230Advanced Computer Based Systems3
BA 314Human Resource Management3
BA 320Business Information Systems3
BA 324Aviation Labor Relations3
BA 325Social Responsibility and Ethics in Management3
BA 332Corporate Finance I3
BA 411Logistics Management for Aviation/Aerospace3
Total Credits36

Suggested Course of Study - Maintenance Management Area of Concentration

Year Three
Credits
AMS 273 Propeller Systems 2
AMS 274 Aircraft Turbines Powerplants and Systems 4
AMS 375 Repair Station Operations 3
AMS 376 Powerplant Line Maintenance 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
BA 210 Financial Accounting 3
BA 220 Marketing 3
BA 230 Advanced Computer Based Systems 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
PS 104 Technical Physics II 3
Lower-Level Social Science (SS 110, 120 or 130) 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Year Four
AMSA 490 Aviation Technical Operations 3
BA 225 Business Law 3
BA 314 Human Resource Management 3
BA 320 Business Information Systems 3
BA 324 Aviation Labor Relations 3
BA 325 Social Responsibility and Ethics in Management 3
BA 332 Corporate Finance I 3
BA 411 Logistics Management for Aviation/Aerospace 3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
Upper-Level Open Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal33.0
 Credits Total: 66.0

Safety Science Area of Concentration

AMSA 490Aviation Technical Operations3
SF 201Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety3
or SF 210 Introduction to Aerospace Safety
SF 205Principles of Accident Investigation3
SF 315Environmental Compliance and Safety3
SF 316Workers Compensation, Insurance, and Risk Management3
SF 320Human Factors in Aviation Safety3
SF 345Safety Program Management3
SF 365Fire Protection3
SF 462Health, Safety, and Aviation Law3
Choose one focus from the options below:9
Aviation Focus Course List:
Aircraft Accident Investigation
Propulsion Plant Investigation
Mechanical and Structural Factors in Aviation Safety
Aircraft Crash Survival Analysis and Design
Occupational Safety Focus Course List:
Introduction to Industrial Security
Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology
Design of Engineering Hazard Controls
Design of Engineering Hazard Controls II
Total Credits36

Suggested Course of Study - Aviation Focus

Year Three
Credits
AMS 273 Propeller Systems 2
AMS 274 Aircraft Turbines Powerplants and Systems 4
AMS 375 Repair Station Operations 3
AMS 376 Powerplant Line Maintenance 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
SF 201 Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety 3
Introduction to Aerospace Safety
PS 104 Technical Physics II 3
SF 205 Principles of Accident Investigation 3
SF 315 Environmental Compliance and Safety 3
SF 330 Aircraft Accident Investigation 3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (SS 110, 120, 130) 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Year Four
AMSA 490 Aviation Technical Operations 3
SF 316 Workers Compensation, Insurance, and Risk Management 3
SF 320 Human Factors in Aviation Safety 3
SF 335 Mechanical and Structural Factors in Aviation Safety 3
Aircraft Crash Survival Analysis and Design
SF 345 Safety Program Management 3
SF 365 Fire Protection 3
SF 375 Propulsion Plant Investigation 3
SF 462 Health, Safety, and Aviation Law 3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
Upper-Level Open Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal33.0
 Credits Total: 66.0

Suggested Course of Study - Aviation Occupational Safety Focus

Year Three
Credits
AMS 273 Propeller Systems 2
AMS 274 Aircraft Turbines Powerplants and Systems 4
AMS 375 Repair Station Operations 3
AMS 376 Powerplant Line Maintenance 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
SF 201 Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety 3
Introduction to Aerospace Safety
PS 104 Technical Physics II 3
SF 205 Principles of Accident Investigation 3
SF 315 Environmental Compliance and Safety 3
HS 215 Introduction to Industrial Security 3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (SS 110, 120, 130) 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Year Four
AMSA 490 Aviation Technical Operations 3
SF 316 Workers Compensation, Insurance, and Risk Management 3
SF 320 Human Factors in Aviation Safety 3
SF 345 Safety Program Management 3
SF 355 Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology 3
SF 365 Fire Protection 3
SF 410 Design of Engineering Hazard Controls 3
Design of Engineering Hazard Controls II
SF 462 Health, Safety, and Aviation Law 3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
Upper-Level Open Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal33.0
 Credits Total: 66.0