In the plating and coating industry, standardization of processing procedures is not common. Industry experts have relied on experience, and therefore most plating and coating techniques have a certain degree of uniqueness. As industry grows, Aerospace companies require consistency to meet specifications mandated by the government.In order to meet future industry demands, the Plating and Coating Committee of SAE has developed or reviewed over 60 Aerospace Material Specifications (AMS). These user controlled specifications cover Plating, Coating, Anodic Treatment, and Chemical Treatment processes. The quality controls and processes AMS documents consist of the following eight essential parts: 1) Scope; 2) Applicable Documents; 3) Technical Requirements; 4) Quality Assurance; 5) Preparation for Delivery; 6) Acknowledgment; 7) Rejections; and 8) Notes. These eight parts of the AMS plating and coating specifications will be reviewed.