Airframe Manufacturing Technology - BACHELOR'S DEGREE

Airframe Manufacturing Technology - AFMT

Baccalaureate Degree Program

News and Announcements:

Beginning summer 2024 student eligibility for admission to the program will be determined by multi-screening criteria (see rubric under program forms and documents). Students are encouraged to attend an information session before applying to the program. 

The application period for fall 2024 admission is now closed.

Media Coverage:

As featured in the Los Angeles Times and Spectrum News 1, the AFMT program is highlighted for its affordability and accessibility. The AMFT program is providing opportunities within reach in the Antelope Valley. 


Upcoming In-Person Information Sessions:

  • Fall 2024 - Spring 2025 dates are to be announced

AFMT Program Description: 

AVC's Airframe Manufacturing Technology Program (AFMT) is a one-of-a-kind program specifically designed to meet the need in the aerospace industry for multi-skilled individuals who understand, perform, and serve as first-line leads in the major processes of manufacturing the structural components of an aircraft for civilian and military specifications. The program's curriculum addresses airframe manufacturing, aircraft fabrication (structures and composites), and electronics.

The AFMT Bachelor's program is geared toward students who have completed or are in progress of completing a two-year program in Aircraft Fabrication and Assembly, and who are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in Aircraft Manufacturing Technology. Students will enter directly as juniors (3rd-year track students). AVC is very interested in Veterans and people working at locations, such as Edwards Air Force Base.



Program Cost: 

Complete this degree for $11,000 or less! Financial aid and scholarships are available for eligible students admitted to the AFMT Bachelor of Science Degree Program. For more information, please click here for a link to the financial aid department. 

Tuition fees per Education Code, Sections 76300 and 78042, are $46 per unit, plus $84 per unit for upper-division coursework. You may click on each of the section's codes for additional information. 

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Current Eligibility to the AFMT Program:

Prerequisites for the Airframe Manufacturing Technology Program (AFMT), baccalaureate degree: Completion of the Aircraft Fabrication & Assembly Technician (AFAB) associate degree coursework. In addition, the associate’s degree coursework must follow the general education requirements for the CSU system. Students must have a 3.0 minimum GPA in all AFAB/AERO courses and a 3.0 minimum GPA in all college courses taken for credit (overall GPA). Students should have all prerequisites completed by the end of the spring term, the year of enrollment intent. 

For a full list of prerequisite courses visit the AFMT catalog pages, under recommended pathway, first through fourth semesters. 

Antelope Valley College (AVC) does not accept externally completed coursework to satisfy major and/or upper division course requirements in Aircraft Fabrication & Assembly (AFAB), Airframe and Powerplant (AERO), and Airframe Manufacturing Technology. 

Application Dates for Fall 2024 Admission:

  • The deadline to apply was Friday, June 21, 2024, by 11:30 a.m. The application period is now closed.  

Application Process: 

All students applying for enrollment in the AFMT program should follow these instructions. All required forms are available under the Program Forms and Documents section (bottom of page). 

  1. Complete an Application for Enrollment form.

  2. Complete the AFMT Rubric - Student Questionnaire form. 

  3. Attach official college transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended, including Antelope Valley College. If you have Advance Placement (AP) credits, an official transcript must also be included. "Official" college transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope that has not been opened by the student. 

    • One set of transcripts is to be turned in with your application and one set must also be on file with the AVC transcript office. 

  4. Attach a copy of your updated Education Plan completed by one of the listed AVC Counselors or Advisors assigned to the AFMT program (see list below).  Appointments should only be made with the assigned personnel listed below. Appointments can be made through email at or by calling (661) 722-6300 ext. 6338. Request to meet with one of the following: 

    • Monica Carreon 

    • Rosa Fuller

    • Patty King

  5. Submit items 1 through 4 to the Career Technical Education division office, Enterprise Lab, Room 129. Items 1 through 4 are considered your "application packet". You may also mail your application packet to: Antelope Valley College, Attn: Rosie Heasley, 3041 W. Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93536.

Students are notified of their acceptance/non-acceptance via email, to the applicant's AVC email account. Notices are sent approximately 4-5 weeks after the deadline has closed.   

*Approved to evaluate transcripts from other institutions. 

Selection Procedure: 

Beginning summer 2024, student eligibility for admission to the program will be determined by multi-screening criteria. Applications will be ranked based on their scholastic eligibility. Scholastic eligibility is determined by the multi-screening criteria listed below under Program Forms and Documents - Application Rubric. Students are advised of eligibility to enroll in the AFMT program by electronic mail. Incomplete packets will not be considered. Students not admitted need to reapply the following year. 

Program Additional Notes:

  • Submission of an application for enrollment form does not guarantee a student's admission to the program. 
  • Applications are accepted once a year during the designated application period only.
  • There is currently one track available - Junior Track (3rd & 4th Year - 2 years).

  • Classes are offered in the evenings, during the fall, spring, and summer terms. 

  • Cohorts are admitted annually in the fall semester.

  • The program is limited to 18 students per year. 

  • Part-time students must meet with the program's Lead Faculty to discuss progression as part-time students. 

Types of Jobs Obtained with the AFMT Degree:

The types of jobs students will be able to obtain upon graduation are: 

Aircraft Assembler, Airframe/Systems Technician, Composite Fabricator, General Mechanic, Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, and Multi-skilled Composite Low Observable Technician.  

Location, Day, and Times for Class Offerings

The majority of classes will be held at the main AVC campus in Lancaster, with a few classes located at our Fox Field location. Classes are scheduled Monday through Saturday evenings and are subject to change. Please check the AVC Class Schedule for the upcoming dates, times, and locations of our next available classes.

Time to Degree: 

The program will take two to four years depending on the track the student initially chooses. Part-time track students should make an appointment with the AFMT program Faculty Lead to discuss progression as part-time students.

Program Requirements Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The AFMT Bachelors Degree is a one-of-a-kind program specifically designed to meet aerospace industry needs.

Program Requirements

Program Forms and Documents: 

Contact Us:

  • Office Location - EL (Enterprise Lab) Room 129 
  • Telephone - (661) 722-6300 ext. 6327

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AFMT Faculty Bios

Alfred Brubaker

I joined AVC in the fall of 2018 and I am the Lead Faculty for the AFMT Baccalaureate program. I began my aerospace journey by joining the U.S Air Force as an F-16 crew chief and gained experience in Flight tests, combat, phase, and depo level maintenance. After the Air Force, I received a commission in the U.S. Army where I served as the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Regimental officer.

After leaving the military, I transitioned to Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs (Skunk Works) where I worked as a Project Manager and Integrator. I focused on process improvement, budgets, planning, and resource maximization. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State and my Master of Business Administration from The University of Scranton’s Kania School of Management (KSOM).

Elaine Clinton

On the road so far…

I started my aerospace journey here at AVC back in 2007 with the Aircraft Fabrication and Assembly (AFAB) certificate program. After course completion, I was hired by Lockheed Martin as a composite trainee. Throughout my employment, I have gained experience in Fabrication, Assembly, Modifications, System Integrations, and Advance Development Programs. Later in 2016, I joined AVC as an Adjunct Instructor for the AFAB certificate program.

Continuing with my education and career advancement, I returned to AVC as a student to enroll in the Airframe Manufacturing Technology Baccalaureate Degree graduating in 2019 as part of Cohort 1. After graduation, I advanced at Lockheed Martin as a Quality Engineer and in my current position as a Program Manager and Planning Operations. As of Fall 2023, I have now joined the Full-Time Faculty team here at AVC.