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.

Increased Demand for Airline Pilots and Technicians

New Civil Aviation Pilots*
New Maintenance Technicians*

# of Pilots/Technicians needed to fly and maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years according to the Boeing Pilot Technician Outlook 2020 – 2039.

*Boeing: Pilot and Technician Outlook,

What equipment does our school have to offer?

Cessna 172 RG aircraft and Cessna 310 aircraft

Magneto Tester and Simulator

Turbine Fuel System Trainer

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.

Ice & Rain Control Trainer

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.

Flight Control, Rigging Simulator

Used as a trainer for cable tensioning on planes.

Cessna 172 RG aircraft

Cessna 310 aircraft

Turbine powerplants

Propellers, magnetos and carburetors

NIDA electrical troubleshooting trainers

Sheet metal and riveting equipment

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
3 credit hours

PPT2133 - 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.

ARF2213 - Airframe Module - Basic Sheet metal, Forming and Construction
3 credits hours

ARF2213 - Airframe Module - Basic Sheet metal, Forming and Construction
3 credits 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.

ARF2243 - Airframe Module - Aircraft Hydraulics and Landing Gear Systems
3 credit hours

ARF2243 - 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.

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Industry Outlook
Alumni have gone on to hold positions like:
  • A&P Mechanic / Technician
  • Aircraft Support Mechanic
  • Assembler / Tester
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • Composite Technician
  • Electronics Technician
  • Junior A&P Mechanic
  • Repair Technician
  • Rotor Mechanic-Apprentice
  • Shop Technician
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.

spartan college AMT students working
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


Questions? Here’s what you need to know about Spartan College’s AMT Program in Riverside:

Don’t worry. We are here to help you learn the entry-level skills the FAA requires you to know on how to fix an airplane and make it airworthy.

Yes! You will get hands on with a:

  • Cessna 172
  • Piper Tomahawk
  • Piper Cherokee

You will disassemble an aircraft piston engine, and inspect it, then reassemble it.

You will disassemble turbine engine to the compression section and re-assemble it.

Spartan requires the students to attend 1960 hours of class time:

  • There are 20 modules of instruction, each lasting 14 days. Each module is 98 hours in length.
  • Each day is 7 hours in length, with a ten-minute break each hour and a 45- minute break for lunch

You will have multiple instructors. The program is divided into 3 sections (Generals, Powerplants, & Airframes). Usually, you will have a different instructor for each section.

While no college can guarantee students a job when they graduate, our career services department can assist you in your search and advise on resume & cover letter development, interviewing skills, building social media presence, and on campus recruitment events.

Spartan has developed a list of tools that are needed to complete the program. This list of tools is a great starter set for use within the aviation industry and can also be used in many other industrial applications. Talk to our team if you’d like to learn more.

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

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