Aviation Maintenance Technology

Training the Next Generation of Aviation Maintenance Technicians

Spartan’s FAA Part 147 approved Aviation Maintenance Technology Program has been training skilled aviation technicians for more than 90 years. Aviation Maintenance Technology 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).  

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. FAA testing consists of three (3) written tests and three (3) parts to an oral and practical (O&P) exam. Spartan College is a Designated FAA Test Center for the written tests.

Boeing 727 Cockpit Section


C303 Crusader

Six Cessna C-150s

Sabreliner for Static Training

Thirteen Training Aircraft

Aviation Maintenance Technology (Diploma)
  • 17 Months on-ground
Associate of Applied Science Aviation Maintenance Technology (Degree)
  • 20 Months on-ground
Aviation Maintenance Technology – Hybrid Option(Diploma)
  • 20 Months: 12 months online, 8 months on-ground
Associate of Applied Science Aviation Maintenance Technology – Hybrid Option* (Degree)
  • 23 Months: 12 months online, 8 months on-ground, 3 months of Gen Eds online or on-campus

The Aviation Maintenance programs are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and meet the requirements established in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14, Chapter 1, Subchapter H, Part 147. These programs are designed to teach students entry-level technical skills in airframe and powerplant. The skills and information taught in the program are applicable to other maintenance industries and professions as well as aviation; therefore, certification is not required upon graduation. Obtaining an A&P certificate is encouraged and provides additional options should you choose to pursue certification. The general education courses in the associate degree program enhance the students’ background and intellectual proficiency.

The importance of aircraft maintenance cannot be denied. Aviation maintenance technicians are the highly-skilled, detail-oriented individuals who keep the airways safe and the planes flying. All US certified aircraft are required to be inspected on a regular basis. The length of time or number of hours of operation as well as the type of aircraft determine those inspection intervals. In most cases these inspection intervals are established jointly between the FAA and the aircraft manufacturer.

On-ground Aviation Maintenance Program

The diploma program is geared towards teaching students the technical skills required to service, repair, and overhaul aircraft components and systems. The knowledge gained through the additional general education courses in the associate degree program may enhance the students’ background and intellectual proficiency so they are more competitive in their chosen professions. Associate degree graduates are eligible to continue with Spartan College’s Bachelor of Science in Technology Management degree program (offered online or on campus).

Partially Online Aviation Maintenance Hybrid Option

Spartan College’s partially online aviation maintenance program is meant to be manageable even if you are working full-time or you are finishing up active duty in the military. For international students, the partially online Aviation Maintenance program provides the option of living in your home country for the first part of the program (providing you with a flexible schedule) then relocating to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the second on-campus portion. Before applying, ensure that you’re in a state eligible for our online program: Distance Education State Authorization List

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*General education classes for the associate portion of the program can be taken via online distance education or on-ground at the Tulsa Campus.

Alumni have gone on to hold positions like: 

A&P Technician 

Airframe Mechanic 

Jet Engine Mechanic 

Helicopter Technician 

Engine Overhaul

Structures Mechanic 

Line Technician

Alumni have held employment at:

American Airlines 

Delta Airlines 


General Atomics 


United Airlines 

Lockheed Martin 

Southwest Airlines 

Endeavor Airlines 



The Boeing Company

Spartan College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology courses may teach students the technical skills required to become an entry-level Airframe and Powerplant technician. If you’re searching for an aviation maintenance school that provides instruction and training for certifications, you can find it here. 

PPT2001 – Reciprocating Engines

This course covers the theory and operation of reciprocating engines. All internal components are studied, along with how each part functions. A reciprocating engine is disassembled, measured, reassembled, and timed. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to explain the operation of a reciprocating engine. Prerequisites: GEN1002, GEN1003 (52 Didactic Hours, 71.5 Lab Hours)

ARF2001 – Metallic Structures

In this course, aircraft sheet metal structures and different fastening methods are studied in detail. Students will accomplish a wide variety of lab projects leading to an understanding of subject material. Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to perform all basic tasks required of an aircraft maintenance technician related to metallic structures. Prerequisites: MAT1001, PHY1001, GEN1002 (50 Didactic Hours, 73.5 Lab Hours)

ARF2002 – Non-Metallic Structures

Students in this course will learn about composite structures including fiberglass, Kevlar, various core materials, and Plexiglass. Extensive lab work will enhance learned objectives. Also, covered in this course are wood structures, fabric coverings, and aircraft finishes. Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to accomplish aircraft composite structure work and can explain aircraft wood and fabric. Students should also be able to apply finishes to an aircraft structure and component parts. Prerequisites: GEN1002 (52 Didactic Hours, 71.5 Lab Hours)

ARF2003 – Hydraulics and Landing Gear Systems

The theory, operation, and maintenance of aircraft hydraulic and pneumatic systems are covered. The troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair of both systems is stressed. Aircraft landing gears, including retraction systems, oleos, brakes, wheels, and tires, are also studied. This course also includes study of aircraft position and warning systems. Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to troubleshoot and repair aircraft hydraulic and pneumatic systems, aircraft landing gears, and understand the concepts of aircraft position and warning. Prerequisites: GEN1001, GEN1002, GEN1003 (65 Didactic Hours, 58.5 Lab Hours)

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Course Work

Previous experience is not required! Our aviation maintenance technology 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.

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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