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Aviation Maintenance Technicians

Model Code of Conduct

Tools to Advance AMT
Safety, Citizenship and Professionalism


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©2009 Michael S. Baum.  All Rights Reserved.


The Aviation Maintenance Technicians Model Code of Conduct (Code of Conduct) offers recommendations to advance aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs) professionalism.

The Code of Conduct is not a standard and is not intended to be implemented as one.  Instead, the Code of Conduct presents a vision of excellence for AMTs.  Its principles complement and underscore legal requirements.

The Code of Conduct is intended for all aviation maintenance technicians.

The Principles:

The Code of Conduct has seven sections, each containing Principles and Sample Recommended Practices.

        I.       General Responsibilities of Aviation  Maintenance Technicians

     II.       Third-Party Safety

   III.       Training and Proficiency

  IV.       Security

     V.       Environmental Issues

  VI.       Use of Technology

VII.       Advancement and Promotion of Aviation Maintenance

The Sample Recommended Practices:

Sample Recommended Practices are basic suggestions for applying the principles of the Code of Conduct and tailoring them to individual AMTs and organizations implementing the Code of Conduct.  The Sample Recommended Practices may be modified to satisfy the unique capabilities and requirements of each AMT, work task/project, training event, aircraft, and organization.  Some Sample Recommended Practices exceed the provisions of the associated Code of Conduct principles.  They are not presented in any order of importance.

The Commentary:

Commentary on selected provisions of the Code of Conduct is published at <>.  The Commentary provides discussion, interpretive guidance, and suggested ways to adopt the Code of Conduct.  Published commentary on any provision does not imply greater importance of that provision.  Additional provisions will be added as the Commentary evolves.

Benefits of the Code of Conduct:

The Code of Conduct benefits AMTs, the aviation industry, and the aviation community by:


Note:  Not all maintenance operations are authorized in all jurisdictions internationally.  References to the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are used as examples.  In all jurisdictions, applicable laws and regulations must be followed.


Aviation Maintenance Technicians Model Code of Conduct - Principles

I.    General Responsibilities of Aviation maintenance technicians

   AMTs should:

a.   make safety their highest priority,

b.       seek excellence in workmanship,

c.       develop and exercise good judgment, and apply sound principles of technical decision-making,

d.       recognize and manage risks effectively,

e.       adhere to prudent operating practices and personal operating parameters (e.g., tolerances, limitations, and other human factors),

f.        advance professionalism,

g.       act with responsibility and courtesy,

h.       adhere to applicable laws and regulations, and

i.         comply with training and performance requirements.

Explanation:  Code of Conduct Section I serves as a preamble to the Code of Conduct’s other principles.  It emphasizes safety, excellence, risk management, and responsibility.

Sample Recommended Practices:

II. Third-Party Safety

   AMTs should:

a.   maintain a safe work place environment,

b.   manage risk and avoid unnecessary risk to aircraft occupants, people and property on the surface, and people in other aircraft,

c.   brief team members on maintenance procedures and inform them of any significant or unusual risk associated with the task,

d.   seek to prevent unsafe conduct by third-parties, including coworkers and pilots, and

e.   avoid operations and behavior that may alarm or disturb aircraft occupants, people on the surface, or other third-parties.

Explanation:  AMTs are responsible for the safety of the aircraft, work area, fellow employees, and aircraft occupants, all of whom place their lives in AMTs’ hands.  AMTs should exercise sufficient care on their behalf.  Such care includes, but is not limited to, disclosing unusual risks and exercising prudent risk management.  AMT responsibilities also extend to people on the ground and in other aircraft.

Sample Recommended Practices:

III. Training and Proficiency

   AMTs should:

a.      participate in regular recurrent training to maintain and improve proficiency,

b.      participate in aviation maintenance safety education programs,

c.       remain vigilant and avoid complacency,

d.      train to recognize and deal effectively with emergencies, and

e.       maintain an accurate log to satisfy training and recent experience requirements.

Explanation:  Training and proficiency underlie aviation maintenance safety.  Recurrent training is a primary component of proficiency and should include both classroom and on-the-job training.  Each contributes significantly to aviation maintenance safety and neither can substitute for the other.  Training sufficient to promote aviation maintenance safety often exceeds legal requirements.

Sample Recommended Practices:

IV. Security

   AMTs should:

a. seek to maintain the security of all persons and property associated with their aviation activities,

b. remain vigilant and immediately report suspicious, reckless, or illegal activities, and

c.  secure aircraft and associated equipment to prevent unauthorized use.

Explanation:  Enhanced security awareness is essential for the aviation community.  Threats to security demand responsive action.  This Section addresses the AMT’s role in promoting national security and preventing criminal acts.

Sample Recommended Practices:

V. Environmental Issues

   AMTs should:

a.  recognize and seek to mitigate the environmental impact of aviation maintenance,

b.  minimize the discharge of fuel, oil, refrigerants, and other chemicals into the environment during refueling, ground, servicing, and maintenance operations,

c.  respect and protect environmentally sensitive areas,

d.  comply with applicable noise-abatement procedures and mitigate aircraft noise near noise-sensitive areas, and

e.  review and adhere to prudent hazardous materials handling procedures.

Explanation:  Reducing pollution caused by aviation maintenance will reduce health problems, environmental impact, and unfavorable public perceptions of aviation.  Environmental issues can also close airports and maintenance facilities, and increase regulatory burdens.

Sample Recommended Practices:

VI. Use of Technology

   AMTs should:

a. become familiar with and properly use appropriate technologies, recognize their limitations, and supplement with conventional skills when helpful or required,

b. keep current with the requirements and applicable procedures for all technologies that they service/maintain,

c.  recognize that advanced technologies may require a systems-oriented approach to service/maintenance, and

d. contribute to the advancement of technology by providing appropriate feedback based on practical experience.

Explanation:  Innovative, compact, and inexpensive technologies have greatly expanded the capabilities of aviation maintenance.  This Section encourages the use of such safety-enhancing technologies.

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VII. Advancement and Promotion of General Aviation Maintenance

   AMTs should:

a.       advance and promote aviation safety and adherence to the Code of Conduct,

b.       volunteer in and contribute to organizations that promote aviation, and use their aviation maintenance skills to contribute to society at large,

c.       demonstrate appreciation for other aviation professionals and service providers,

d.       advance a aviation maintenance culture that values openness, humility, integrity, positive attitudes, and the pursuit of personal improvement,

e.       promote ethical behavior within the aviation community, and

f.        mentor future aviation maintenance technicians.

Explanation:  Aviation has a well recognized and worsening public relations problem.  Vigilance and responsive action are essential to ensure industry vitality and to enhance the aviation maintenance community.

Sample Recommended Practices:


Additional Resources

FAA:               <>, and

AMTSociety:    <>

AWAM:           <>

EAA:                <>

NBAA:             <>

PAMA:             <>


AD                   Airworthiness Directive

AMT               Aviation Maintenance Technician(s)

ATC                Air Traffic Control

FAA                 Federal Aviation Administration

IA                    Inspection Authorization

PTS                  Practical Test Standards

SB                    Service Bulletin

SDR                 Service Difficulty Report

SMS                Safety Management System

TAA                Technically Advanced Aircraft



The [insert your organization’s Code of Conduct] is a customized version of the Aviators Model Code of Conduct created by Michael S. Baum.  ©2003-2009 Michael S. Baum.  All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Use are available at <>.

AMTs and the aviation maintenance community may use the Code of Conduct as a resource for code of conduct development although it is recommended that this be supported by independent research on the suitability of its principles for specific or local applications and situations.  It is not intended to provide legal advice and must not be relied upon as such.

Edits, Errata, Comments

The Aviation Maintenance Technicians Model Code of Conduct is a living document, intended to be updated periodically to reflect changes in aviation maintenance practices and the aviation environment.  Please send your suggestions, edits, errata, questions and comments to: <>.


The Aviation Maintenance Technicians Model Code of Conduct Drafting Team includes: Michael S. Baum, Jeff Gruber, Joseph C. Hawkins, John Hopkins, Ric Peri, Phil Randall, and Don Steinman.  The Code of Conduct has had the benefit of extensive editorial comment and suggestions by a diverse body of the aviation community, and beyond.  See “Acknowledgments” at <>.  The Permanent Editorial Board of the Code of Conduct is presented at <>.