Program Overview

  • Location
  • Tuition
  • Program Length
    12 Saturdays + Learning Labs9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Learning Environment
  • Financial Aid
    FAFSA Eligible

Program Description

The Aeronautics Maintenance Department at facility is authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and holds Air Agency Certificate No. DI9T087R, offering comprehensive training for aviation maintenance technicians. As the sole school of its kind in the Pacific Basin, you’ll gain valuable expertise and hands-on experience in various areas such as hydraulics, sheet metal, electrical installation and troubleshooting, welding, the utilization of handheld power tools, as well as engine theory, troubleshooting, and repair.

Upon fulfilling the requirements of the General curriculum and either the Airframe or Powerplant curriculum, students are granted the opportunity to immediately take the FAA written examination for the corresponding Airframe or Powerplant rating, bypassing the need to complete the entire program. Once the written exam(s) is successfully passed, students become eligible to proceed with the oral and practical examinations, leading to Federal certification as an Aviation Maintenance Technician in the specific area of expertise (Airframe, Powerplant, or A&P).

Degrees & Certificates


Associate of Applied Science – Aeronautics Maintenance Technology (72 credits) – Tuition: $9,432


Certificate of Achievement – Aviation Maintenance Technician (56 credits) – Tuition: $7,336

In addition to the tuition, there are other costs to consider, which include textbooks, uniforms, and a required tool kit, amounting to approximately $2,500.



Honolulu Community College, in collaboration with Hawaiian Airlines and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union, has established an apprenticeship program aimed at providing specialized training for individuals interested in pursuing a career in aeronautic maintenance. This program is specifically designed for candidates who have completed a minimum of six months in the AERO program or possess relevant military experience.

Upon completing the Aeronautics Maintenance Technology program, graduates have a wide range of career opportunities available to them. Many find employment as Aviation Mechanics or Technicians in prestigious organizations such as the Boeing Flight Test Division, Hawaiian Airlines, Aloha Cargo, United Airlines, FAA, military contract maintenance, local general aviation and cargo companies, and Gulfstream. Additionally, their expertise with turbine engines often leads to opportunities with companies like Hawaiian Electric. The program prepares students for occupations such as Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians, as well as Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers.

Learn more about Honolulu Community College’s Aeronautics Maintenance Technology program