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A&P technicians keep aircraft in safe flying condition by servicing, repairing and overhauling aircraft components following stringent regulations set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). All aircraft are required to undergo thorough inspections and repairs on a regular basis. These services are provided by technicians certified by the FAA. Technicians in this field work on aircraft components and systems including airframe, piston engines, turbine engines, hydraulic systems, propellers, rigging, warning systems, and environmental systems.
- Nearly 40,000 square feet of classroom and lab space
- Over 80 powerplants including two Rolls Royce RB 211-22B turbine engines
- Operational GE Walter 601D turboprop 658 shp
- Three Cessna 172s, a Cessna 152, and a Beechcraft C-35 Bonanza
- Lear Jet Model 24D
- Falcon 20
Airframe & Powerplant Program
Associate of Occupational Studies Airframe & Powerplant
(Degree) · Program Length: 18 months
The program is designed to teach students the technical skills required to service, repair, and overhaul aircraft (or related) components and systems. Successful completion qualifies graduates to take the written, oral, and practical tests with the FAA for the Mechanic’s Certificate with both Airframe and Powerplant Ratings. The program is FAA Part 147 approved.
Airframe & Powerplant Course Work
Instructors with industry expertise will mentor you in hands-on labs in three separate hangars, using training equipment and aircraft engines. You’ll learn how to repair and maintain aircraft and inspect aviation components. You’ll also learn how to perform operational checks and diagnose aircraft malfunctions.
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.
Opportunities appear favorable through 2026 for aircraft mechanics that complete FAA-approved training programs* due to:
- an increase in passenger air traffic
- a need to replace retiring mechanics
- shortage of A&P college graduates
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/aircraft-and-avionics-equipment-mechanics-and-technicians.htm (as of August 27, 2019).
Alumni have held the following positions:
Jet Engine Technician
Sheet Metal Technician
Heavy Equipment Technician
Wind Turbine Technician
Alumni have worked at:
Sierra Nevada Corporation
STS Aviation Group
Increased Demand for Airline Technicians
According to the Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook 2019-2038, 804,000 new civil aviation pilots and 769,000 new maintenance technicians will be needed to fly and maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years.*
*Boeing: Pilot and Technician Outlook 2019-2038, pg 36 http://www.boeing.com/commercial/market/pilot-technician-outlook/
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