Airframe & Powerplant (Diploma) and Aviation Maintenance Technology (AOS)

Diploma | 18 Months
Associate of Occupational Studies | 22 Months
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Training the Next Generation of Aviation Maintenance Technicians

Spartan College’s Inglewood Campus offers two Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 147 approved programs. They are an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Diploma and an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT). Aviation Maintenance technicians keep aircraft in safe flying condition and are certified by the FAA. Aviation maintenance technicians are the highly-skilled, detail-oriented individuals who keep the airways safe and the planes flying.

An Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) performs routine and preventative maintenance on aircraft. AMT’s repair and overhaul aircraft components following stringent regulations set forth by the FAA. This includes a multitude of tasks on both fixed wing airplanes and rotorcraft. These tasks include but are not limited to the structure of the aircraft, the internal system in the aircraft as well as maintenance to aircraft engines and their related systems.

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Program Details​

Airframe & Powerplant (Diploma) · 18 Months
Associate of Occupational Studies Aviation Maintenance Technology (Degree) · 22 months

The Airframe & Powerplant and Aviation Maintenance Technology programs are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and meet the requirements established in Title 14, Part 147. The programs are designed to teach students entry-level technical skills in airframe and powerplant.

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. The skills and information taught are not only relevant in the aviation industry but also applicable to other maintenance industries, such as: Automotive and Diesel, Heavy Equipment, Power and Light, and Industrial Technology. The general education courses in the associate degree program enhance the students’ background and intellectual proficiency.

A Day in the Life of a Student:

  • Repairing & assembling aircraft turbines
  • Sheet metal fabrication & Repair
  • Basic welding, paints & finishes
  • Learning about aviation science and theories
  • Electrical and Fire Protection Systems
  • Warning Systems
  • Pressurization Systems
  • Ignition and Electrical Systems

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Course Work

Previous experience is not required! Our AMT and A&P programs provide 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. Students in our aviation maintenance program will study a variety of subjects, such as:

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; 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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Sample Classes

Spartan College’s Aviation Maintenance courses are designed to help teach students the technical skills required to become entry-level Airframe and Powerplant technicians.
PP 123 - Turbine Engine Theory And Operation
AF 111 - Metallic Structures
AF 113 - Hydraulic And Pneumatic 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.
AF 111 - Metallic Structures

In this course, students learn aircraft structures, techniques of sheet metal repair using proper tools, parts layout, and forming and bending aluminum materials.
AF 113 - Hydraulic And Pneumatic Systems

In this course, students learn how to service, troubleshoot, and repair hydraulic and pneumatic systems and components. Inspection and repair of landing gear and aircraft electrical systems complete this block of study.



What is 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 Inglewood, CA (LA area) campus?

In the LA area, you can earn your diploma in 18 months or your Associate of Occupational Studies in 22 months.

Are there any prerequisites for the LA area AMT program?

First, you need to provide proof you’ve graduated high school or 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 for our LA-area programs. 

What is the difference between Airframe & Powerplant and Aviation Maintenance Technology programs?

Well, Aviation Maintenance Technology and Airframe & Powerplant programs are essentially the same, but one is a diploma and one is an associate’s degree. They both lead to eligibility for the certification process with the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) for the Airframe & Powerplant certificate.  

What roles do AMTs work in?

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

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

Let’s talk about the cost to complete the Aviation Maintenance Technology program.

We regularly update our Catalog Supplement guide to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the cost of our Aviation Maintenance Technology program. Questions? Get in touch with an Admissions representative! 

Can I test for my Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificates on campus?

Yes, Spartan students can test for their FAA certificates on campus. We have a PSI testing center on-site for written exams and FAA designated mechanics examiners on-site for the oral and practical FAA exam.

What type of training equipment will be available to me at Spartan?

With roughly 50/50 hands-on training and coursework in the classroom, you’ll have access to 100,000 sq. ft. of training facilities, a Cessna 150 and 172s, a JT8D-17A Turbine engine, turbine fuel system trainer, and a flight control, rigging simulator.

What are some of the classes in the AMT program?

For a full list, check out the College Catalog But a small sampling of classes would look like: Reciprocating Engines, Metallic Structures, and Hydraulics and Landing Gear Systems among others.  

What are topics in the AMT program?

You’ll explore aviation maintenance and the technologies associated with it including everything from fuel metering and propellers to aircraft instrumentation. Plus, you’ll get familiar with small single engine planes to large transport planes used at major airlines. 

Are general education classes required?

Yes, you wouldn’t have a hot dog without ketchup, would you? 
Students training in our diploma program only take one general education course. Students earning their associate’s degree study in seven general education courses. Due to program changes, the exact number of courses may change.  

What are class schedules like?

While our campuses have set schedules, most students find the schedule fits well with their busy lifestyleAlso, you typically will be either in the day or evening. 

Day Shift (Monday through Friday) 

  • Airframe & Powerplant (Diploma) 7:30 am 1:45 pm 

Evening Shift (Monday through Friday) 

  • Airframe & Powerplant (Diploma) 5:30 pm 11:45 pm 

Associates Degree Program Classes (Monday through Thursday) 

  • Aviation Maintenance Technology (AOS Degree) 6:00 pm 10:00 pm

What are the requirements for an AMT degree?

Some things can’t and shouldn’t be simplified. Check out the College Catalog  for a full break down of requirements.  

Will I earn certifications in the AMT program?

The certification process is included in your cost of tuition, for one test attempt, if you take the exams within 45 days of graduation. In total it requires three written exams, four general Airframe & Powerplant exams, and an oral and practical exam with an FAA designated examiner.  

In order to graduate, is an internship required?

No, internships are not required. 

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 LA-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 310-579-9434 to speak with an admissions representative.

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