Develop the technical skills required to maintain 21st century aviation and aerospace fleets into the future.

Note: As of fall 2025 no new students will be admitted to this program. Interested students should apply to Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Learn how to inspect, diagnose and repair aircraft discrepancies using highly-advanced equipment and techniques for both commercial and private aerospace fleets.


As aviation technology continues to advance and private aerospace exploration continues to boom, a new kind of maintenance technician is required to ensure the continuing safety of 21st-century aircraft. This interdisciplinary program incorporates the mathematics, computer science, chemistry and physics required for more advanced aviation maintenance, through a cutting-edge curriculum in which you will learn the intricacies of:

  • Fly-by-wire control systems
  • Glass panel avionics
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Fly-by optic and other advanced electrical concepts
  • Advanced composite technologies
  • Space commerce
  • Advanced systems operations

The AMT/A&P Program for the 21st Century

This degree program will not only prepare you to secure both ratings required to be a licensed Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), but prepare you to work with cutting-edge technology for both commercial and private aerospace fleets:

Powerplant Rating: This rating will enable you to work on aircraft engines. Airframe Rating: This rating will allow you to work on the body of the airplane outside the engine; including wings, wheels, brakes, etc.


Lewis University Maintenance Certificate courses are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 147, and are continuously updated.

Quickly Growing Commercial Market for Aviation/Aerospace Technology

It’s not only traditional commercial airlines incorporating these highly advanced systems on their fleet aircraft. But Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and other aerospace companies also require cutting-edge aviation maintenance technicians like this program prepares you to be. Plus, the commercial potential for rocket engine technology has only just begun to be imagined, including for:

  • Ground applications
  • Solar applications
  • Clean technology
  • Biotech
  • Connectivity

Life after Lewis

Set apart from those students without a degree and only their A&P license, graduates from Lewis’ program will be highly prepared for premium technician positions with commercial airlines, private space companies and repair facilities, including:

  • Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • A&P Mechanic
  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Avionics Technician
  • Field Technician
  • Aircraft Technician
  • Aircraft Restorer
  • Helicopter Mechanic

Aviation and Aerospace Technology vs. Aviation Maintenance Technology?

Our Aviation and Aerospace Technology program is a highly-technical program, preparing you for a career as an Aviation Maintenance Technician who works on cutting-edge aircraft system. If you are more interested in working on the business-side of aviation maintenance - while still earning your A & P licenses – our Aviation Maintenance Technology program may be the perfect program for you.

Why Lewis for Your Aviation and Aerospace Technology Degree?

  • Ranked as one of U.S. News & World Report's "Top Tier Colleges"
  • Recognized in 2013-2014 as the nation’s #1 Aviation Program and presented with the Loening Trophy
  • Only university aviation program in Illinois with on-site airport for hands-on training
  • $2 million high-tech Harold A. White Aviation Center – one of the most modern aviation education centers in the Midwest
  • Amazing internship opportunities with leading Chicago aviation companies always on the lookout for future AMTs trained in the latest aviation technology
  • Our globally-focused curriculum prepares you for a career in aviation that can take you anywhere

Market Demand

More than 600,000 new maintenance technicians will be required by 2031. - Aviation International News

For more information contact the Office of Admission at or call (815)836-5250.

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