Diploma | 17 Months

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Associate of Applied Science | 20 Months

Aviation Maintenance Technology

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.

Diploma | 17 Months

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Associate of Applied Science | 20 Months

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Increased Demand for Airline Pilots and Technicians

0
New Civil Aviation Pilots*
0
New Maintenance Technicians*
# of Pilots/Technicians needed to fly and maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years according to the Boeing Pilot Technician Outlook 2019 – 2038.

*Boeing: Pilot and Technician Outlook, http://www.boeing.com/commercial/market/pilot-technician-outlook/

What equipment does our school have to offer?

Boeing 727 Cockpit Section

Thirteen Training Aircraft

These include: Aerocommander, C303 Crusader, Six Cessna C-150S, Sabreliner and more

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.

Ice & Rain Control Trainer

Incorporates all aspects of de-icing and rain protection system found in an aircraft. The trainer offers the opportunity to the students to physically see the various components and assemblies of the system and to understand the interaction between them.

CF6 Turbine Engine

The General Electric CF6, US military designation F103, is a family of high-bypass turbofan engines produced by GE Aviation. Based on the TF39, the first high-power high-bypass jet engine, the CF6 powers a wide variety of civilian airliners.

Interested in Learning More?

Boeing 727 Cockpit Section

AeroCommander

C303 Crusader

Six Cessna C-150s

Sabreliner for Static Training

Thirteen Training Aircraft

Sample Classes

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
4 credit hours

PPT2001 - Reciprocating Engines
4 credit hours

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.

ARF2001 - Metallic Structures
4 credits hours

ARF2001 - Metallic Structures
4 credits hours

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.

ARF2003 - Hydraulics and Landing Gear Systems
4 credit hours

ARF2003 - Hydraulics and Landing Gear Systems
4 credit hours

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.

Industry Outlook
Alumni have gone on to hold positions like:
  • A&P Technician
  • Airframe Mechanic
  • Jet Engine Mechanic
  • Helicopter Technician
  • Engine Overhaul
  • Structures Mechanic
  • Line Technician
  • An A&P Technician inspects, services and repairs airplanes to ensure they're operating correctly and safely.
  • A mechanic is responsible for ensuring that airplanes get regular maintenance and that any problems are fixed correctly.
  • Technicians may work on different parts of an aircraft, such as the engine, landing gear, brakes and pumps.
  • A Technician may work with special instruments designed specifically for aircraft maintenance. The job may also involve standing on ladders and working at various heights.
  • Mechanics service different types of aircraft, such as helicopters, jets and propeller-driven airplanes.
  • Airframe specialists, also called airframe or aircraft mechanics, work on all parts of an aircraft with the exception of its instruments, power plant and propulsion system.
  • They use precision instruments, X-rays and magnetic equipment to look for cracks.
  • In addition, they repair and replace worn or defective parts, sheet metal and composite materials, and they check for problems such as corrosion in an aircraft's fuselage, wings and tail. Most airframe specialists who work on civilian aircraft have combined certification in airframes and power plants and are qualified to work on all parts except instruments; they are called combination airframe and power plant mechanics, or A&P mechanics.
  • Replaces or repairs worn, defective, or damaged components, using hand tools, gauges, and testing equipment.
  • Tests engine operation, using test equipment such as ignition analyzer, compression checker, distributor timer, and ammeter, to identify malfunction.
  • Listens to operating engine to detect and diagnose malfunctions, such as sticking or burned valves.
  • Reassembles engine and installs engine in aircraft. Disassembles and inspects engine parts, such as turbine blades and cylinders, for wear, warping, cracks, and leaks. Removes engine from aircraft, using hoist or forklift truck. Services, repairs, and rebuilds aircraft structures, such as wings, fuselage, rigging, and surface and hydraulic controls, using hand or power tools and equipment.
  • Adjusts, repairs, or replaces electrical wiring system and aircraft accessories.
  • Inspect, test, repair, maintain, and service aircraft.
  • Read and interpret aircraft maintenance manuals and specifications to determine feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components.
  • Modify aircraft structures, space vehicles, systems, or components, following drawings, engineering orders and technical publications.
  • Examine and inspect engine or other components for cracks, breaks, or leaks.
  • Disassemble and inspect parts for wear, warping, or other defects. Assemble and install electrical, plumbing, mechanical, hydraulic, and structural components and accessories, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Adjust, align, and calibrate aircraft systems, using hand tools, gauges, and test equipment.
  • Test engine and system operations, using testing equipment, and listens to engine sounds to detect and diagnose malfunctions.
  • Service and maintain aircraft systems by performing tasks, such as flushing crankcase, cleaning screens, greasing moving parts, and checking brakes.
  • Perform maintenance IAW FAA approved technical data. Research FAA technical data to locate applicable data relevant to assigned tasks.
  • Replaces or repairs worn, defective, or damaged components, using hand tools, gauges, and testing equipment.
  • Tests engine operation, using test equipment such as ignition analyzer, compression checker, distributor timer, and ammeter, to identify malfunction.
  • Listens to operating engine to detect and diagnose malfunctions, such as sticking or burned valves.
  • Reassembles engine and installs engine in aircraft.
  • Disassembles and inspects engine parts, such as turbine blades and cylinders, for wear, warping, cracks, and leaks.
  • Removes engine from aircraft, using hoist or forklift truck.
  • Services, repairs, and rebuilds aircraft structures, such as wings, fuselage, rigging, and surface and hydraulic controls, using hand or power tools and equipment.
  • Adjusts, repairs, or replaces electrical wiring system and aircraft accessories.
  • Perform sheet-metal layout, drilling, fabrication, disassemble, and installation of all types of fasteners and parts under general supervision.
  • Coordinate with supervision and Inspection to ensure compliance with all paperwork, sign-offs and quality specifications.
  • Cut and form metal skins, doubles, double contoured sheet metal parts and follow standard operating procedures when using adhesives, sealants and solvents.
  • Utilizing proper tooling, shape and form complex angles and configurations according to blueprint specifications or written/verbal information.
  • Safely operate shop equipment such as: brakes, presses, riveting equipment, shears, and hand tools associated with sheet-metal functions.
  • Use the proper hardware for various sheet metal applications.
  • Fueling, Marshalling, Towing of Aircraft and ground equipment
  • Basic maintenance of equipment and facilities
  • An A&P Technician inspects, services and repairs airplanes to ensure they’re operating correctly and safely.
  • A mechanic is responsible for ensuring that airplanes get regular maintenance and that any problems are fixed correctly.
  • Technicians may work on different parts of an aircraft, such as the engine, landing gear, brakes and pumps.
  • A Technician may work with special instruments designed specifically for aircraft maintenance. The job may also involve standing on ladders and working at various heights.
  • Mechanics service different types of aircraft, such as helicopters, jets and propeller-driven airplanes.
  • Airframe specialists, also called airframe or aircraft mechanics, work on all parts of an aircraft with the exception of its instruments, power plant and propulsion system.
  • They use precision instruments, X-rays and magnetic equipment to look for cracks.
  • In addition, they repair and replace worn or defective parts, sheet metal and composite materials, and they check for problems such as corrosion in an aircraft’s fuselage, wings and tail. Most airframe specialists who work on civilian aircraft have combined certification in airframes and power plants and are qualified to work on all parts except instruments; they are called combination airframe and power plant mechanics, or A&P mechanics.
  • Replaces or repairs worn, defective, or damaged components, using hand tools, gauges, and testing equipment.
  • Tests engine operation, using test equipment such as ignition analyzer, compression checker, distributor timer, and ammeter, to identify malfunction.
  • Listens to operating engine to detect and diagnose malfunctions, such as sticking or burned valves.
  • Reassembles engine and installs engine in aircraft. Disassembles and inspects engine parts, such as turbine blades and cylinders, for wear, warping, cracks, and leaks. Removes engine from aircraft, using hoist or forklift truck. Services, repairs, and rebuilds aircraft structures, such as wings, fuselage, rigging, and surface and hydraulic controls, using hand or power tools and equipment.
  • Adjusts, repairs, or replaces electrical wiring system and aircraft accessories.
  • Inspect, test, repair, maintain, and service aircraft.
  • Read and interpret aircraft maintenance manuals and specifications to determine feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components.
  • Modify aircraft structures, space vehicles, systems, or components, following drawings, engineering orders and technical publications.
  • Examine and inspect engine or other components for cracks, breaks, or leaks.
  • Disassemble and inspect parts for wear, warping, or other defects. Assemble and install electrical, plumbing, mechanical, hydraulic, and structural components and accessories, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Adjust, align, and calibrate aircraft systems, using hand tools, gauges, and test equipment.
  • Test engine and system operations, using testing equipment, and listens to engine sounds to detect and diagnose malfunctions.
  • Service and maintain aircraft systems by performing tasks, such as flushing crankcase, cleaning screens, greasing moving parts, and checking brakes.
  • Perform maintenance IAW FAA approved technical data. Research FAA technical data to locate applicable data relevant to assigned tasks.
  • Replaces or repairs worn, defective, or damaged components, using hand tools, gauges, and testing equipment.
  • Tests engine operation, using test equipment such as ignition analyzer, compression checker, distributor timer, and ammeter, to identify malfunction.
  • Listens to operating engine to detect and diagnose malfunctions, such as sticking or burned valves.
  • Reassembles engine and installs engine in aircraft.
  • Disassembles and inspects engine parts, such as turbine blades and cylinders, for wear, warping, cracks, and leaks.
  • Removes engine from aircraft, using hoist or forklift truck.
  • Services, repairs, and rebuilds aircraft structures, such as wings, fuselage, rigging, and surface and hydraulic controls, using hand or power tools and equipment.
  • Adjusts, repairs, or replaces electrical wiring system and aircraft accessories.
  • Perform sheet-metal layout, drilling, fabrication, disassemble, and installation of all types of fasteners and parts under general supervision.
  • Coordinate with supervision and Inspection to ensure compliance with all paperwork, sign-offs and quality specifications.
  • Cut and form metal skins, doubles, double contoured sheet metal parts and follow standard operating procedures when using adhesives, sealants and solvents.
  • Utilizing proper tooling, shape and form complex angles and configurations according to blueprint specifications or written/verbal information.
  • Safely operate shop equipment such as: brakes, presses, riveting equipment, shears, and hand tools associated with sheet-metal functions.
  • Use the proper hardware for various sheet metal applications.
  • Fueling, Marshalling, Towing of Aircraft and ground equipment
  • Basic maintenance of equipment and facilities
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.

Spartan Student Working on Engine
Program Details
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. Learn more about our Hybrid Online option

Certification Disclosure Information

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

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