Airframe & Powerplant

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 Management 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.

100,000 sq ft of training facilities

AeroCommander aircraft

T-39 and T-38 aircraft

Cessna 150 and 172s

Piper PA-34 Seneca aircraft

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


Certification Disclosure Information

Alumni have gone on to hold positions like: 

Aviation Maintenance Mechanic/Technician

Aircraft Structural Mechanic

Aircraft Support Mechanic


Avionics Specialist

Composite Technician

Electro Mechanical Technician

Field Service Technician

Jr. Mechanic

Structure Mechanic

Alumni have held employment at:

Air Force Civilian Services

Apollo Professional Solutions, Inc.

Compass Airlines

Delta Global Services

Launch Technical Workforce Solutions

Marvin Engineering

Qantas Airway

SpaceX – Space Exploration Technologies

Unical Aviation, Inc.

Zodiac Aerospace

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 | 7 Credit Hours

This course introduces the basic theory, maintenance techniques, and troubleshooting procedures used on gas turbine engines. Disassembling, inspecting, reassembling, and adjusting turbine engines are major elements of this subject area. Basic operation and repair of exhaust systems complete this course.

AF 111 – Metallic Structures | 5 Credit Hours

In this course, students learn aircraft structures, techniques of sheet metal repair using proper tools, parts layout, and forming and bending aluminum materials.

AF 112 – Non-Metallic Structures | 6 Credit Hours

In this course, students learn the basic skills used in applying aircraft finishes, repairing aircraft wood structures, and fabric and composite coverings. Additionally, this course will cover Ice and rain control systems to complete this block of study.

AF 113 – Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems | 7 Credit Hours

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.

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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:

Provides an in-depth study of airframe electrical systems including inspection and repair of components and related wiring, power distribution, and circuit troubleshooting.

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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