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Airframe & Powerplant

Next Start Date: 4/19/21
Program Length
Diploma | 18 Months
Associate of Occupational Studies | 22 Months

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.

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?

100,000 SQ FT OF TRAINING FACILITIES

100,000 SQ FT OF TRAINING FACILITIES

CESSNA 150 AND 172S

CESSNA 150 AND 172S

JT8D-17A TURBINE ENGINE

JT8D-17A TURBINE ENGINE

Used For Part Identification And Safety Wiring Practice.

TURBINE FUEL SYSTEM TRAINER

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.

FLIGHT CONTROL, RIGGING SIMULATOR

FLIGHT CONTROL, RIGGING SIMULATOR

Used as a Trainer for Cable Tensioning on Planes.

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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.

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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Spartan Student Working on Engine

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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