Aviation Maintenance Technology In Inland Empire Area

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Training the Next Generation of Aviation Maintenance Technicians

Spartan College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program has been training aircraft technicians for more than 90 years. The Riverside, CA campus of Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is a branch campus of the Spartan College campus in Inglewood, CA.

Our Aviation Maintenance Technology training courses help prepare you for the Airframe & Powerplant certification (A&P Certification) required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Students looking to join the AMT program should be detail-oriented individuals who are prepared to keep the airways safe and the planes flying. For every one hundred hours that an aircraft is used for hire, it is required to be inspected based on standards established by the manufacturer and the FAA.

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Program Details​

Aviation Maintenance Technology (Diploma) - 15 Months

This program is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and meets the requirements established in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14, Part 147. The program is designed to teach students entry-level technical skills in airframe and powerplant. The skills and information taught in the program are applicable to other maintenance industries and professions as well as aviation. Obtaining an A&P certificate is required for aviation industry jobs.

A&P Certification

Successful completion of the program 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. An Airframe & Powerplant certification, also known as the A&P certificate, is required by those who inspect, maintain, and repair aircrafts. At Spartan College, we can provide you with the hands-on aircraft maintenance training and knowledge needed to prepare for your Federal Aviation Administration A&P exam.

A Day in the Life of a Student
  • Repairing & assembling aircraft turbines
  • Learning about aviation science and theories
  • Sheet metal fabrication & Repair
  • Basic welding, paints & finishes
  • Understanding various aircraft systems
  • Electrical and Fire Protection Systems
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Course Work

Previous experience is not required! Our AMT program provides training in everything from changing a tire to rebuilding a turbine engine. You can also learn about all types of aircraft, from a small single engine plane to a large transport plane like those used by major airlines.

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; explain 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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Part of the Demand for Airline Technicians

*New Civil Aviation Pilots
*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 2021 – 2040.
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Specially designed to allow trainees to understand the fundamentals of turbine fuel system components and how they are interconnected in a typical aircraft fuel system.



Incorporates all aspects of de-icing and rain protection system found in an aircraft. The trainer offers the opportunity to the students to physically see the various components and assemblies of the system and to understand the interaction between them.



Used as a trainer for cable tensioning on planes.

Sample Classes

Spartan College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology courses are designed to teach students entry-level technical skills in airframe and powerplant.
PPT2133 - Powerplant Module 8
ARF2213 - Airframe Module - Basic Sheet Metal, Forming And Construction
ARF2243 - Airframe Module - Aircraft Hydraulics And Landing Gear Systems
PPT2133 - Powerplant Module 8

In this class students will discuss and apply and overhaul procedures and techniques as they apply to an aircraft reciprocating engine. Student will inspect and repair engine components in accordance with manufacturers generally accepted procedures. Students will also discuss engine exhaust systems, and engine cooling systems.
ARF2213 - Airframe Module - Basic Sheet Metal, Forming And Construction

Students learn the basic techniques necessary to perform sheet metal repairs on aircraft structures; this includes studying applicable Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Students develop skills using sheet metal tools, laying out parts and forming parts with bending machines.
ARF2243 - Airframe Module - Aircraft Hydraulics And Landing Gear Systems

In this class the student will learn to identify and select hydraulic fluids, determine the correct seal to use, and apply the proper techniques during seal removal and installation. Students can explain the operating principles and basic troubleshooting techniques of hydraulic and
pneumatic power systems. In addition, students will discuss and apply concepts on disassemble, inspection, reassembly, troubleshooting and operationally checking aircraft landing gear systems and their related components.



What’s the definition of Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT)?

Aviation Maintenance Technology is the study of the component parts, systems, and repair of a variety of aircraft. This includes everything from airframes, piston engines, turbine engines, and propellers to rigging, hydraulic systems, warning systems, and environmental systems.

How long is the AMT program in the Inland Empire area campus?

At the Riverside, CA (Inland Empire area) branch campus of the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Inglewood, CA (Los Angeles area) campus, you can earn your diploma in as few as 15 months.

Are there any prerequisites for the AMT program in the Inland Empire area campus?

First, you need to provide proof you’ve graduated from high school or passed the General Education Development (GED) test. You’ll need your high school transcript from an accredited institution – or an official copy of the military DD214 that includes proof of your graduation 
For a full list of prerequisites, check out our College Catalog.  

How do you explain the difference between Airframe & Powerplant and Aviation Maintenance Technology programs?

Aviation Maintenance Technology and Airframe & Powerplant programs are essentially the same. They both lead to eligibility for the certification process with the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) for the Airframe & Powerplant certificate.   

What are some roles AMT graduates have gone on to hold?

Great question, Spartan’s have gone to work in roles like: 

  • A&P Mechanic 
  • Aircraft Support Mechanic 
  • Assembler/Tester 
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician 
  • Electronics Technician 
  • Repair Technician 
  • Electro-Mechanical Technician 
  • Manufacturing Assembler

What’s the price of the Aviation Maintenance Technology program?

Get the full picture with updated information in our Catalog Supplement guide for the Aviation Maintenance Technology program. Questions? Get in touch with an Admissions representative! 

What training equipment is there at Spartan?

With roughly 50/50 hands-on training and coursework in the classroom, you’ll have access to a flight controls, rigging systems, a turbine fuel system trainer, magneto tester and simulator, and Cessna 172 RG, 152, and 310 aircrafts.

What classes will I take in the AMT program?

The College Catalog has a full list, however, just to name a few: Reciprocating Engines, Metallic Structures, and Hydraulics and Landing Gear Systems among others.

In the AMT program, what topics will we cover?

In your classes, you’ll explore aviation maintenance and the technologies associated with it including everything from fuel metering and propellers to aircraft instrumentation. You will get up close and personal with several types of machinery. 

Are general education classes required?

There are no general education classes required at the Inland Empire area branch campus. Students will earn a diploma in Aviation Maintenance Technology but can upgrade to an AOS degree by taking general education classes at the main campus located in Inglewood, CA. 

Are class schedules set?

Our campuses have different schedules; however, each schedule is set. Most Spartan students find the schedule fits well with their busy lifestyle.  For the Riverside/Inland Empire area, you’ll typically follow one of the below: 

Day Shift 

  • Aviation Maintenance Technology 7:30 am 3:00 pm 

Evening Shift 

  • Aviation Maintenance Technology 4:00 pm 11:30 pm

What are the requirements for an AMT degree?

Sometimes you need the long answer, check out the College Catalog for a full break down of requirements. 

What exact certifications can I earn in the AMT program?

With the AMT program you will earn a diploma and be eligible to take the FAA required exams to obtain your A&P Certificate. FAA exams consist of three written exams, General, Airframe, and Powerplant and Three Oral and Practical exams over the same topics with an FAA DME.

Do I need to complete an internship in order to graduate?


Who are other Spartan AMT graduates?

You can find real alumni testimonials on the Spartan Alumni page on our site. Included you’ll find links to several services alongside our Inland Empire area testimonials. 

You probably have a lot of questions about college. If you don’t find the answers you need on these pages, just call 951-228-9918 to speak with an admissions representative.

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