AMTs inspect, service,
maintain, troubleshoot and repair aircraft engines, auxiliary
power units, propellers, rotor systems, power train systems, and
associated airframe and systems-specific electrical components.
They service, maintain and repair aircraft fuselages; wings;
rotor blades; fixed and movable flight control surfaces; and
also bleed aircraft air, hydraulic and fuel systems. AMTs also
fill aircrew positions such as flight engineer, flight mechanic,
loadmaster, dropmaster, sensor-systems operator and basic
AMTs are stationed at large and small Coast Guard air stations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. They work on HC-130 (Hercules), HU-25 (Falcon), MH-60 (Jayhawk), and HH-65 (Dolphin), HC-144 (Ocean Sentry) aircraft.
The initial five-month course covers basic aircraft-maintenance fundamentals. Other advanced courses cover specific aircraft systems and provide troubleshooting skills. The courses are taught at the Aviation Technical Training Center for all but the HC-130 aircraft. The Coast Guard also utilizes commercial training for advanced courses. An AMT may apply for the Aviation Maintenance Technology program, which provides personnel with the knowledge and skills necessary to fill billets requiring a high level of technical expertise. This program provides up to two years of full-time college attendance to achieve a minimum of an associate degree in aeronautical technology.