WyoTech - Boston

Bedford, MA, US - Aviation Maintenance Technology Program


WyoTech - Boston, formerly East Coast Aero Tech is based at Hanscom Field, which is one of the busiest airports in New England serving both military and civilian aviation requirements. The airport, approximately 15 miles northwest of Boston, Massachusetts, is located in the town of Bedford which is an attractive historic area between the towns of Lexington and Concord, near the Minuteman National Park. Access to all major highways is quick and direct. The school facilities are comprised of administrative offices, classrooms, laboratories and shops that are designed to create a pleasant environment for its student population.

Three buildings in a triangular configuration form a campus that puts all activities within easy walking distance. The George W. Thomas Hangar, a 15,000 square foot facility, is located on the flight line and is used for the shop and lab portions of all the Airframe phases. The John T. Griffin, Sr. Building, also located on the flight line, is 30,000 square feet. It houses the school’s administrative offices, several spacious classrooms, as well as shop/lab hangar areas for the Engine, Ignition, Fuel Systems, and Propeller Phases of the curriculum. The Catherine A. Mayo Building is a 6,000 square foot facility and contains modern classrooms and labs.

Training equipment includes all precision tools and machinery, piston and turbine engines. The school has a fleet of 17 aircraft including a Boeing 727 jet airliner, and an Army Huey helicopter. In addition to many static-displayed reciprocating and turbine engines, we also have a Pratt & Whitney JT9D High Bypass Turbofan Engine, the type used in Boeing 747s. Our shops and labs are well-equipped with modern materials and training aids. They include basic and advanced electrical and electronic equipment as well as advanced aircraft system mock-ups.



The total program of 300 school days (2,100 clock hours of 50 minutes each) covers a period of approximately 15 calendar months, depending upon holidays and breaks during the enrollment period. Each 1,050 clock hours of enrollment is defined as one academic year. The maximum class size is 30 students, and a maximum of 25:1 student to instructor ratio is maintained during any lab/shop component of a phase.


WyoTech - Boston's Aviation Maintenance Technician Program is broken down into fifteen Phases. They are:

General I (140 Hours)

In this Phase, the Instructor assumes that none of the students has had any aviation experience. The purpose is to create a foundation so that everyone will have an even chance for success throught the remaining Phases. The subjects include Aircraft Drawing, Applied Aviation Mathemetics and Basic Physics as well as Mechanics’ Privileges.

General II (140 Hours)

The principal subject in this Phase is Basic Electricity, which includes the study of Ohm’s Law and related electrical laws. Students learn to solder, make a timing light, safety wire, string electical harnesses, and become familiar with various measuring instruments. In addition, students learn about the various Materials and Processes that are used in aircraft construction and repair.

General III (140 Hours)

Students in this Phase learn Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). They use dye penetrants, magnetic particle inspection, altrasonic and eddy current inspection and boroscopes. Included in this Phase is the subjects of Maintenance Publications as well as an Introduction to Turbine and Reciprocating Engines.

Airframe I (140 Hours)

While in this Phase, the student learns the art of riveting, fastening, bending, forming, cutting, welding; inspection for airworthiness of sheet metal structures, and studies the effects of metal fatigue and stresses.

Airframe II (140 Hours)

The Airframe II Phase includes Hydraulic and Pneumatic Power Systems, the construction of Fluid Lines and Fittings, and Aircraft Landing Gear Systems. Students work on a Piper Aztec and Cessna aircraft which demonstrates how these systems work.

Airframe III (140 Hours)

In Airframe III, students learn the theory and techniques that are used in building and repairing Wood Structures and Aircraft Covering. The Phase also includes Aircraft Finishes, Cleaning and Corrosion protection and repair, Non-metallic structures such as Carbon Fibre, Kevlar and other exotic materials. The student will use these materials to contruct and repair aircraft components.

Airframe IV (140 Hours)

This Phase includes Airframe Assembly, Rigging, Fuel Systems, and Weight and Balance. Students work with an array of special tools and training aids including a single engine airplane and helicopter to complete the instruction.

Airframe V (140 Hours)

The subjects that are taught in this Phase include Maintenance Forms and Records, Airframe Inspection, Cabin Atmosphere and Ice and Rain Control. Students will perform 100 hour inspections on one one of the school’s various single or multi-engine aircract.

Electrical I (140 Hours)

This Phase expands on the Basic Electricity that was learned in the General II Phase. It includes Aircraft AC and DC power distribution systems, lighting systems and position and warning systems. The Phase emphasizes on electical troubleshooting using live electrical system mockups.

Electrical II (140 Hours)

Electrical II further develops the disciplins that were learned in Electrical I. The Phase concentrates on Navigation systems and Equipment, Communications Systems and Aircraft Instuments.

Powerplant I (140 Hours)

I n Powerplant I, the student analyzes, troubleshoots and repairs Ignition and Starting Systems for both reciprocating and turbine powered aircraft engines.

Powerplant II (140 Hours)

In this Phase, the students learn Fuel Metering Systems, Engine Fuel Systems, Induction and Air Flow Systems for turbine and reciprocating engines..

Powerplant III (140 Hours)

During this Phase, students remove, repair and install Propellers and Propeller control systems. Additional subject covered in the Phase are Engine Instrument Systems and Engine Fire Protection Systems.

Powerplant IV (140 Hours)

In this Phase we teach Reciprocating Engines, Engine Inspection, Lubrication Systems, Engine Cooling and Exhaust Systems and Ground Equipment. During Aircraft Operation subject, students operate aircraft engines and learn to taxi aircraft.

Powerplant V (140 Hours)

This Phase is the 15th and final Phase. The Phase includes Turbine Engine theory, construction and operation. The student will operated a turbine powered airplane or helicopter. Additionally, the student will remove and install a turbine engine on an aircraft. Other subjects include Auxiliary Power Units, Engine Exhaust, Thrust Reversers. and Unducted Fans.

Direct inquiries to:
WyoTech - Boston
150 Hanscom Dr.
Bedford, MA 01730

Email: dkeeney@wyotech.com

School web site: www.wyotech.com