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Aviation Maintenance Technology

Associate of Applied Science | 20 Months
Next Start Date: 6/28/21
Spartan College Student in Metal Shop Class

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.

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Program Details​

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

Increased Demand for Airline Technicians

129,000
*New Civil Aviation Pilots
192,000
*New Maintenance Technicians
# of Pilots/Technicians needed to fly and maintain the North America fleet over the next 20 years 
according to the Boeing Pilot Technician Outlook 2020 – 2039.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DOES OUR SCHOOL HAVE TO OFFER?

NEARLY 40,000 SQ. FT. OF CLASSROOM AND LAB SPACE

NEARLY 40,000 SQ. FT. OF CLASSROOM AND LAB SPACE

OVER 80 POWERPLANTS INCLUDING TWO ROLLS ROYCE RB 211-22B TURBINE ENGINES

OVER 80 POWERPLANTS INCLUDING TWO ROLLS ROYCE RB 211-22B TURBINE ENGINES

The Engines Are Capable Of Generating 41,030 To 59,450 Lbf (182.5 To 264.4 Kn) Of Thrust.

GE WALTER 601D TURBOPROP 658 SHP

GE WALTER 601D TURBOPROP 658 SHP

The Turboprop Was Designed For Use On The Let L-410 And The M601 First Ran In 1967.

THREE CESSNA 172S, A CESSNA 152, AND A BEECHCRAFT C-35 BONANZA

THREE CESSNA 172S, A CESSNA 152, AND A BEECHCRAFT C-35 BONANZA

FALCON 20

FALCON 20

Sample Classes

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 Engines
ARF2001 - Metallic Structures
ARF2003 - Hydraulics And Landing Gear Systems
PPT2001 - Reciprocating Engines

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 completion of this course, students are expected to be able to explain the operation of a reciprocating engine.
ARF2001 - Metallic Structures

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.
ARF2003 - Hydraulics And Landing Gear Systems

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.

Industry Outlook

Alumni have gone on to hold positions like:
A&P Technician
Aircraft Assembly
Airframe Mechanic
Aircraft Test Technician
Assembler Aircraft - Structures
Electro Mechanical Technician
Manufacturing Assembler
MRO Technician
Sheet Metal Mechanic
Transit Technician
  • An A&P Technician inspects, services and repairs airplanes to ensure they're operating correctly and safely.
  • A mechanic is responsible for ensuring that airplanes get regular maintenance and that any problems are fixed correctly.
  • Technicians may work on different parts of an aircraft, such as the engine, landing gear, brakes and pumps.
  • A Technician may work with special instruments designed specifically for aircraft maintenance. The job may also involve standing on ladders and working at various heights.
  • Mechanics service different types of aircraft, such as helicopters, jets and propeller-driven airplanes.
  • Assemble and fit aircraft structural parts.
  • Rivet and derivet aircraft structural parts.
  • Repair structural components.
  • Perform a subassembly.
  • Remove and install aircraft system components.
  • Test components for wear and tear.
  • Perform repairs as needed.
  • Read and interpret drawings, diagrams and manuals, and produce sketches.
  • Manufacture, modify, and repair sheet metal parts.
  • Create structures, skins, and panels to exacting tolerances.
  • Use and interpret structural repair manuals.
  • Perform composite component fabrication and repair.
  • Repair and overhaul rotary wings.
  • Repair and overhaul fixed-wing aircraft.
  • Perform CNC precision sheet metal fabrication and structural modeling.
  • Create metal-to-metal structural adhesive bonding preparation of product specifications and compliance programs.
  • Install and test mechanical and hydraulic flight control systems.
  • Perform component testing.
  • Create surface and thermal treatment weights.
  • Align, fit, assemble, connect, or install system components, using jigs, fixtures, measuring instruments, hand tools, or power tools.
  • Adjust, repair, rework, or replace parts and assemblies.
  • Layout and mark reference points.
  • Airframe specialists, also called airframe or aircraft mechanics, work on all parts of an aircraft with the exception of its instruments, power plant and propulsion system.
  • They use precision instruments, X-rays and magnetic equipment to look for cracks.
  • In addition, they repair and replace worn or defective parts, sheet metal and composite materials, and they check for problems such as corrosion in an aircraft's fuselage, wings and tail. Most airframe specialists who work on civilian aircraft have combined certification in airframes and power plants and are qualified to work on all parts except instruments; they are called combination airframe and power plant mechanics, or A&P mechanics.
  • Mechanics in this position test all mechanical and electrical systems on aircraft, making all required changes and repairs prior to flight test. 
  • Aircraft Technicians need a strong working knowledge of all aircraft systems and various types of test equipment.
  • Assemble tail, wing, fuselage, or other structural section of aircraft, space vehicles, and missiles from parts, subassemblies, and components and install functional units, parts, or equipment, such as landing gear, control surfaces, doors, and floorboards.
  • Electro-Mechanical Technicians operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment.
  • May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal.
  • Prepares work to be accomplished by studying assembly instructions, blueprint specifications, and parts lists.
  • Gathering parts, subassemblies, tools, and materials.
  • Positions parts and subassemblies by using templates or reading measurements.
  • Performs scheduled and unscheduled inspections, maintenance, and repair of airframe and powerplant systems and components per acceptable methods, techniques, and practices.
  • Documents work performed in accordance with Regulatory and Repair Station/Quality Manual policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrates proficiency with the methods, techniques, practices, tools, and equipment used during aircraft maintenance.
  • Identifies, protects, and preserves piece parts and articles undergoing maintenance in accordance with RSM/QCM and company policies and procedures.
  • Assures parts, products and materials that are installed meet regulatory requirements.
  • Performs assigned work in a safe effective manner while practicing good housekeeping in accordance with company and regulatory requirements.
  • Provides detailed turnovers when maintenance is left unfinished prior to shift changes.
  • Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings.
  • Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.
  • Solid knowledge of electrical systems, air systems, chassis & suspension, HVAC, diesel engines & transmissions.
  • Solid knowledge of operating theory, failure diagnosis, repair, & preventive maintenance practices common to buses & heavy vehicles.
  • Solid skills working with common mechanic hand tools, pneumatic tools & diagnostic equipment.
  • Solid knowledge of OSHA & safe working practices & procedures.
  • Solid ability to read, to understand, and to use: maintenance, repair & parts manuals, computer-based maintenance information systems, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, service updates & troubleshooting guides.
  • Basic knowledge of electrical & gas welding.

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.

Aircraft Electrical Systems

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

Hydraulics and Landing Gear

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

Aircraft Instrumentation

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

Aircraft Flight Controls

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

Aviation Science

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

Aviation Maintenance

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

Reciprocating Engine Systems

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

Fuel Metering and Propellers

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

Turbine Engine System

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

Questions? Here’s are some frequently asked questions about Spartan College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology training program here in the Denver Area:

 

How long is the AMT program?

The length of our AMT program is 20 months.

What can I expect as a typical day of learning?

We have a 50/50 education model for lecture and hands-on lab. Lecture for one half of the day and lab for the other half.

Where do I test for my FAA certificates?

At the campus. We have a PSI testing center on-site for written exams and FAA Designated Mechanics Examiners on-site for the Oral & Practical FAA exam.

What types of training devices will be used in the program?

We have a number of reciprocating engines, turbine engines, electrical trainers, sheet metal projects, composite labs, landing gear, cockpit electrical testing, propellers, Garmin 1000 trainers and many more options for lab equipment.

How much does the program cost?

The cost of our Aviation Maintenance Technology program can be found on the 4th page of our Catalog Supplement.

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