Aviation Maintenance Technology

Training the Next Generation of Aviation Maintenance Technicians

Aviation Maintenance Technology technicians keep aircrafts in safe flying condition by servicing, repairing and overhauling aircraft components following stringent regulations set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). All aircrafts are required to undergo thorough inspections and repairs on a regular basis. These services are provided by aircraft maintenance technicians certified by the FAA. Technicians in this field may work on aircraft components and systems including airframe, piston engines, turbine engines, hydraulic systems, propellers, rigging, warning systems, and environmental systems.

Nearly 40,000 sq. ft. of classroom and lab space

Over 80 powerplants including two Rolls Royce RB 211-22B turbine engines

GE Walter 601D turboprop 658 shp

Three Cessna 172s, a Cessna 152, and a Beechcraft C-35 Bonanza

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Associate of Applied Science Aviation Maintenance Technology

(Degree) · Program Length: 20 months

The program is designed to teach students the technical skills required to service, repair, and overhaul aircraft (or related) components and systems. Successful completion qualifies graduates to take the written, oral, and practical tests with the FAA for the Mechanic’s Certificate with both Airframe and Powerplant Ratings. The program is FAA Part 147 approved.

A Day in the Life of a Student

  • Repairing & Assembling aircraft turbines
  • Sheet Metal Fabrication & Repair
  • Learning about aviation science and theories
  • Basic Welding, Paints & Finishes
  • Understanding various aircraft systems
  • Electrical and Fire Protection Systems


Certification Disclosure Information

Alumni have gone on to hold positions like: 

A& P Mechanic / Technician

Aircraft Assembly

Aircraft Mechanic / Technician

Aircraft Test Technician

Assembler Aircraft – Structures

Electro Mechanical Technician

Manufacturing Assembler

MRO Technician

Sheet Metal Mechanic

Transit Technician

Alumni have held employment at:

Aerotek Aviation

Alaska Airlines / Horizon Air



Duncan Aviation

Endeavor Air

Frontier Airlines

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Skywest Airlines

Spartan College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology courses may teach students the technical skills required to become an entry-level Airframe and Powerplant technician. Successful completion qualifies the graduates to take the written, oral and practical tests with the Federal Aviation Administration for the Mechanic’s Certificate with both Airframe and Powerplant Ratings.

PPT2001 – Reciprocating Engines4 Semester Credits

This course covers the theory and operation of reciprocating engines. All internal components are studied, along with how each part functions. A reciprocating engine is disassembled, measured, reassembled, and timed. Upon 86 | Page completion of this course, students are expected to be able to explain the operation of a reciprocating engine. Prerequisites: GEN1002, GEN1003 (52 Didactic Hours, 71.5 Lab Hours) 

ARF2001 – Metallic Structures | 4 Semester Credits 

In this course, aircraft sheet metal structures and different fastening methods are studied in detail. Students will accomplish a wide variety of lab projects leading to an understanding of subject material. Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to perform all basic tasks required of an aircraft maintenance technician related to metallic structures. Prerequisites: MAT1001, PHY1001, GEN1002 (50 Didactic Hours, 73.5 Lab Hours)

ARF2002 – Non-Metallic Structures | 4 Semester Credits

Students in this course will learn about composite structures including fiberglass, Kevlar, various core materials, and Plexiglass. Extensive lab work will enhance learned objectives. Also, covered in this course are wood structures, fabric coverings, and aircraft finishes. Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to accomplish aircraft composite structure work and can explain aircraft wood and fabric. Students should also apply to the finish to an aircraft. Prerequisites: GEN1002 (52 Didactic Hours, 71.5 Lab Hours)

ARF2003 – Hydraulics and Landing Gear Systems | 4 Semester Credits

The theory, operation, and maintenance of aircraft hydraulic and pneumatic systems are covered. The troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair of both systems is stressed. Aircraft landing gears, including retraction systems, oleos, brakes, wheels, and tires, are also studied. This course also includes study of aircraft position and warning systems. Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to troubleshoot and repair aircraft hydraulic and pneumatic systems, aircraft landing gears, and understand the concepts of aircraft position and warning. Prerequisites: GEN1001, GEN1002, GEN1003 (65 Didactic Hours, 58.5 Lab Hours)

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Course Work

Instructors, many of whom have real-world experience, will mentor students in hands-on labs in three separate hangars, using training equipment and aircraft engines. Students may learn how to repair and maintain aircraft as well as inspect aviation components. Students may also learn how to perform operational checks and diagnose aircraft malfunctions.

Provides an in-depth study of airframe electrical systems including inspection and repair of components and related wiring, power distribution, and circuit troubleshooting.

Explores the theory, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of aircraft hydraulic and pneumatic systems in detail.

Covers the theory, operation, and maintenance of aircraft communication and navigation systems with an in-depth study of aircraft instrument systems.

Covers aircraft control surfaces including system rigging, maintenance, inspection, and troubleshooting as well as aircraft fuel system theory.

Addresses mathematics skills needed to calculate aircraft weight and balance as well as basic physics concepts of motion, fluid dynamics, heat, sound, and aerodynamics.

Practices cover corrosion control; materials and processes; maintenance publications, forms and records; fluid lines and fittings; aircraft drawings and mechanic privileges.

Describes how to troubleshoot, repair, and time an aircraft magneto; explain engine instrument, electrical, and fuel systems; plus a reciprocating engine lubrication system.

Discusses propeller operation and inspection requirements, and how to troubleshoot and repair reciprocating engine fuel metering devices.

Explains how to operate and troubleshoot turbine engine lubrication, fuel metering, ignitions, engine instruments, fire protection systems, and auxiliary power.

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