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AMTs inspect, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair aircraft mechanical systems, including engines, powertrains, and hydraulics. You'll service structural parts of the aircraft, including fuselages, wings, rotor blades, and flight control surfaces. You'll also fly as an aircrew, performing duties like loadmaster, dropmaster, or helicopter flight mechanic. AMTs are typically assigned to Coast Guard air stations.

  • Excited to fly?
  • Able to meet aircrew physical standards, including vision?
  • Good at practical math problems?
  • Interested in mechanical systems?


Aircraft mechanical repair
Aircraft structural repair
Aircrew flight operations

  • AMTs receive 20 weeks of blended on-the-job training at one of 26 Coast Guard air stations, in addition to in-class training at the Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, NC. You will learn about aircraft systems, metal work, composite repair, electrical theory and troubleshooting, and paint applications.
  • Advanced composite repair, aircraft systems, and airframe specific training, as well as advanced training in helicopter rescue operations. 
  • Specifically, the Aviation Technology program is available to the AMT rating.

  • Airline Maintenance Supervisor
  • FAA Certified Aircraft Mechanic or Aircraft Inspector Authorization
  • Aviation Instructor
  • Aircraft Ground Handler
  • Flight Engineer
  • Helicopter Rescue Hoist Operator