Course of Study

Program Length: 1,910 hrs

For those preparing for both FAA mechanic certifications, the FAA requires that a student attend the BOCES AMT program for a total of 1910 hrs. Students can complete the BOCES AMT program leading to both FAA certificates in as few as 21 months, equaling 5 semesters which includes one summer session.

Daytime Classes

Students can study full-time days, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Complete in as few as 21 months. Semesters run late Aug.–Dec.; Jan.–April; and May–Aug.


+General (400 Hours)

Mathematics (18hrs)
Basic Physics (12hrs)
Fundamentals of Electricity & Electronics (84hrs)
Aircraft Drawings (36hrs)
Aircraft Weight & Balance (30hrs)
Materials, Hardware & Processes (84hrs)
Fluid Lines & Fittings (30hrs)
Cleaning & Corrosion Control (30hrs)
Ground Operations & Servicing (30hrs)
Maintenance Publications (16hrs)
Maintenance Forms & Records (18hrs)
Inspection Concepts/Practices & Privileges (6hrs)
Human Factors (6hrs)

+Powerplant I (377 hours)
Engine Cooling (18hrs)
Reciprocating Engines (204hrs)
Engine Inspection (18hrs)
Engine Electrical Systems (48hrs)
Engine Fire Protection Systems (18hrs)
Turbine Engines (66hrs)
Auxiliary Power Units (6hrs)

+Powerplant II (378 hours)
Exhaust & Reverser Systems (18hrs)
Lubrication Systems (66hrs)
Reciprocating Induction & Turbine Airflow Systems (24hrs)
Fuel Metering Systems (60hrs)
Engine Fuel Systems (18hrs)
Ignition & Starting Systems (90hrs)
Engine Instrument Systems (24hrs)
Propellers (78hrs)

+Airframe I (372 hours)
Airframe Landing Gear Systems (72hrs)
Aircraft Instrument Systems (24hrs)
Communication & Navigation Systems (24hrs)
Wood Structures (18hrs)
Aircraft Covering (18hrs)
Aircraft Finishes (30hrs)
Metallic & Non-Metallic Structures (156hrs)
Welding (30hrs)
+Airframe II (383 hours)
Flight Controls/Rotorcraft Fundamentals (60hrs)
Aircraft Electrical Systems (120hrs)
Hydraulic & Pneumatic Power Systems (54hrs)
Position & Warning Systems (24hrs)
Ice & Rain Control Systems (12hrs)
Environmental Systems (42hrs)
Aircraft Fuel Systems (36hrs)
Fire Protection Systems (12hrs)
Aircraft Inspection (18hrs)
Water & Waste Systems (6hrs)

Satisfactory Academic Performance

Western Suffolk BOCES wants all students to succeed in the programs it offers. To earn a certificate of completion, BOCES has established the following criteria for both attendance and academic progress that students must meet in the program for Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Students will have a formal evaluation of their academic progress at 450 scheduled hours, at 900 hours at 1350 hours and at 1800. Students who meet the minimum requirements for attendance and academic performance are considered to be making satisfactory academic progress until the next scheduled evaluation. Students who come under “Warning” status may come out from under that status by meeting minimum attendance and academic requirements by the time of the subsequent evaluation period. Title IV funding will continue until the next evaluation period following a first “Warning” issuance. If a student receives a subsequent warning status, he/she will no longer be eligible for Title IV funding.
Leave of Absence
Students may be granted a leave of absence from their program for reasons deemed acceptable and necessary. If enrollment is temporarily interrupted for a leave of absence, the student will return to school in the same progress status as he or she had prior to the leave of absence. Hours elapsed during a leave of absence will extend the student’s contract period and maximum time frame by the same number of days taken in the leave of absence and will not be included in the student’s cumulative attendance percentage calculation. Being granted a leave of absence in no way reduces the obligation on the part of the student to complete his or her program in the allotted time frame. All programs must be completed within the 150% time frame of the program’s scheduled hours.
Students who withdraw prior to completion of the course and wish to re-enroll will return in the same satisfactory academic progress status as at the time of withdrawal, assuming there is adequate time left to complete the program within the 150% time frame. Noncredit, remedial, and repeated courses do not apply to the Satisfactory Academic Performance evaluation criteria at this institution.
Transfer hours from another institution that are accepted toward the student’s educational program are counted as both attempted and completed hours for the purpose of determining when the allowable maximum time-frame has been exhausted. With regard to Satisfactory Academic Progress, a student’s transfer hours will be counted as both attempted and earned hours for the purpose of determining when the allowable maximum time frame has been exhausted.
Minimum Grade Average/Attendance
Students in the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program must maintain a minimum grade of 70% and a minimum attendance record of 70%. All missed classes, modules and sections must be made up and they must be made up within the 150% time constraint.

FAA Licensing

Most mechanics who work on civilian aircraft are certified by the FAA, which requires mechanics to be at least 18 years of age, fluent in English, and have a high school diploma or its equivalent in addition to having the needed technical skills. You can learn the necessary skills in the FAA-certified Aircraft Maintenance Technician School at Western Suffolk BOCES.


Daniel Loughran, Principal
Diana Santiago, Program Manager, FAA Liaison
Melissa Ramos, Financial Aid, 631/261-3600 x214
Donna Cassano, Bursar, 631/261-3600 x314
Janice Cresciullo, Aviation Program Coordinator

Additional Classes

Western Suffolk BOCES also offers through the adult education program at Wilson Technological Center:
The Designated Mechanics Exam (for FAA Airframe and/or Powerplant). Prior to registering students must be authorized to sit for the exam. For requirements and to schedule a pre-test interview, contact the Wilson Tech Aviation Facility at 631-752-1957.
General and Airframe
General and Powerplant
Airframe or Powerplant