Aviation Maintenance Technology

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.

Cessna 172 RG aircraft

Cessna 310 aircraft

Turbine powerplants

Propellers, magnetos and carburetors

NIDA electrical troubleshooting trainers

Sheet metal and riveting equipment

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
Alumni have gone on to hold positions like: 

A& P Mechanic / Technician

Aircraft Support Mechanic


Aviation Maintenance Technician

Composite Technician

Electronics Technician

Junior A&P Mechanic

Repair Technician

Rotor Mechanic-Apprentice

Shop Technician

Alumni have held employment at:

Air Force Civilian Services

ARO Services

Belcan Corp./Parker Hannifin

ComAv Technical Services

Delta Global Services

General Atomics

Launch Technical Workforce Solutions

Parker Hannifin Aerospace

Unical Aviation

West Coast Air Creations

Spartan College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology courses are designed to teach students entry-level technical skills in airframe and powerplant. 

PPT 2133 – Powerplant Module 8 | 3 Credit Hours

In this class students will discuss and apply overhaul procedures and techniques as they apply to an aircraft reciprocating engine. Students will inspect and repair engine components in accordance with manufacturers generally accepted procedures. Students will also discuss engine exhaust systems, and engine cooling systems.

ARF 2213 – Airframe Module – Basic Sheet metal, Forming and Construction | 3 Credit Hours

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.

ARF 2233 – Airframe Module – Basic Welding, Paints & Finishes and Flight Controls | 3 Credit Hours

Students discuss basic welding operations to include soldering brazing and gas welding. Additionally, they apply finishing materials and identify finish defects. The students can disassemble, reassemble, and rig aircraft flight control systems and components in accordance with manufacturers’ procedures and FAA specifications. They learn the operation of flight controls for fixed-wing and rotary- wing aircraft and the application of aerodynamic principles.

ARF 2243 – Airframe Module – Aircraft Hydraulics and Landing Gear Systems | 3 Credit Hours

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.

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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.

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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