09 Feb 2015

Airframe & Powerplant (LA)

Spartan’s Los Angeles Area Campus offers both an FAA-approved Diploma and an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree preparing students for A&P Certification.

A&P Technicians keep airplanes in safe flying condition. They are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and work for airlines, aircraft manufacturers, general aviation companies, aerospace, as well as the U.S. government. In addition, some non-aviation related industries employ A&P Certified Technicians due to their high level of precision training and familiarity with systems such as hydraulics.

Airframe & Powerplant Diploma 

Day or Evening Session: 17.5 months


Associate of Occupational Studies Aviation Maintenance Technology 

Day or Evening Session: 22 months

If you have already successfully completed the Airframe & Powerplant Diploma Program, this additional coursework is simply 6 more classes and 15 additional weeks.


Course Description

The 17.5 month-long Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) program is divided into 14 units of instruction:

  • 3 general units
  • 5 airframe units
  • 5 powerplant units
  • 1 inspection and review unit

Each unit of instruction:

  • Lasts five weeks
  • Covers a specific area of aircraft maintenance and repair
  • Classroom lecture, discussions, and hands-on training – including the completion of individual projects – are all utilized to enhance student education and training.

The 22-month long Associate of Occupational Studies Aviation Maintenance Technology Degree is comprised of the existing diploma program listed above as well as the following:

  • 6 General Education Classes totaling 15 weeks and 24 units.
  • Each term is 5 weeks and students take 2 classes per term

Occupational Descriptions

Airframe and Powerplant Technicians are primarily responsible for keeping aircrafts safe while flying and are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

A graduate from Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is qualified to sit for the FAA A&P exam, and upon successful completion of the exam, is qualified for any entry-level Airframe and Powerplant position in the aviation industry.

Students gain theoretical knowledge that covers:

  • Aviation regulations
  • Flight-control systems
  • Aircraft communication systems
  • Powerplant systems
  • Aircraft engines

Using technology, in the Airframe & Powerplant training program you will learn to diagnose, maintain, and repair aeronautical systems and engines. The range of work can vary from jets to propeller-driven airplanes to helicopters.

Powerplant training can help you learn to service and repair engines, as well as perform some work on propellers. Airframe training can teach you the skills to do any work on the plane, with the exception of working on instruments, powerplants, and propellers. Airframe & Powerplant training teaches students how to work on every part of the aircraft.


Airframe & Powerplant – Students Gain Theoretical Knowledge That Covers:

49-2091 Avionics Technicians

49-3011 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

51-2011  Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers

Advanced Electronics Technology/Avionics

49-2091 Avionics Technicians

51-2011  Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers

53-6051.01  Aviation Inspectors