Aviation Maintenance Technology

About the Program

If you like airplanes and enjoy fixing things with tools, a career as an aviation technician could be a good fit.

In this program, you’ll learn to inspect, service and repair airplanes and helicopters of all sizes. Federal Aviation Administration (FFA)-approved courses provide a well-rounded education in general aviation mechanics. You’ll gain hands-on experience working with aircraft structures, engines, hydraulics, electrical wiring, flight instruments and other aviation components and systems.

As a graduate of the program, you’ll be eligible to take the FAA exam for licensure in both airframes and powerplants. Whether you want to work on single-engine airplanes or large commercial jet aircraft, this program will prepare you for a multitude of career options with major airlines, manufacturers, repair stations, structural repair facilities and other organizations in the aviation industry.

Program Version for Fall 2019

Approved courses in both airframe and powerplant mechanics are offered to meet the Federal Aviation Administration requirements. General aircraft courses offered the first two quarters are prerequisites to both the airframe and powerplant phase of the program. Students receive a well-rounded education in general aircraft mechanics the first two-quarters of the program. Third- and fourth-quarter course offerings include both lecture and lab courses in airframe repair, and fifth- and sixth-quarter offerings include lecture and lab courses in powerplant repair. Courses to satisfy the requirements for an A.A.S. degree will be by arrangement.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the FAA examination for both the Airframe and Powerplant licenses. A minimum of 1,900 attendance hours is required to take these exams.

Course of Study

  • FAA requires 750 hours of attendance for the Airframe Maintenance Certificate
  • FAA requires 400 hours of attendance for the General Aircraft Maintenance Certificate
  • FAA requires 750 hours of attendance for the Powerplant Maintenance Certificate

Detailed Information

You will be required to provide a basic set of hand tools for use during the program. Tools cost between $1,000 and $1,500.

Courses

  • ARCFT 115 — Introduction to General Aircraft Maintenance — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 116 — Introduction to General Aircraft Maintenance Shop — 1.0-4.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 117 — General Aircraft Maintenance — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 118 — General Aircraft Maintenance Shop — 1.0-4.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 119 — Advanced General Aircraft Maintenance — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 120 — Advanced General Aircraft Maintenance Shop — 1.0-4.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 123 — Composite Technology — 5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 131 — Composite Structure Assembly — 5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 132 — Applied Manufacturing Project — 2.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 135 — Basic Airframe Maintenance — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 136 — Basic Airframe Maintenance Shop — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 137 — Airframe Structures — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 138 — Airframe Structures Shop — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 139 — Airframe Systems — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 140 — Airframe Systems Shop — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 235 — Advanced Airframe Systems — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 236 — Advanced Airframe Systems Shop — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 237 — Integrated Airframe Powerplant Maintenance — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 238 — Integrated Airframe Powerplant Maintenance Shop — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 245 — Aircraft Engines I — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 246 — Aircraft Engines Shop I — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 247 — Aircraft Engines II — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 248 — Aircraft Engines Shop II — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 255 — Powerplant Systems and Components I — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 256 — Powerplant Systems and Components I Shop — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 257 — Powerplant Systems and Components II — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 258 — Powerplant Systems and Components II Shop — 1.0-5.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 275 — Theory and Review - Airframe or Powerplant — 1.0-10.0 Credits
  • ARCFT 276 — Airframe or Powerplant Shop — 1.0-10.0 Credits

Typical Student Schedule for Fall 2019

First Quarter

  • ARCFT115 Introduction to General Aircraft Maintenance, 5
  • ARCFT116 Introduction to General Aircraft Maintenance Shop, 4
  • ARCFT117 General Aircraft Maintenance, 5
  • ARCFT118 General Aircraft Maintenance Shop, 4
  • MATH 100 Vocational-Technical Mathematics 1, 3-4
  • Total Credit: 21-22

Second Quarter

  • ARCFT119 Advanced General Aircraft Maintenance, 5
  • ARCFT120 Advanced General Aircraft Maintenance Shop, 4
  • ARCFT135Basic Airframe Maintenance, 5
  • ARCFT136 Basic Airframe Maintenance Shop, 5
  • Related Education Requirement 2, 3-4
  • Total Credits: 22-23

Third Quarter

  • ARCFT137 Airframe Structures, 5
  • ARCFT138 Airframe Structures Shop, 5
  • ARCFT139 Airframe Systems, 5
  • ARCFT140 Airframe Systems Shop, 5
  • Related Education Requirement 2, 3-4
  • Total Credits: 23-24

Fourth Quarter

  • ARCFT235 Advanced Airframe Systems, 5
  • ARCFT236 Advanced Airframe Systems Shop, 5
  • ARCFT237 Integrated Airframe Powerplant Maintenance, 5
  • ARCFT238 Integrated Airframe Powerplant Maintenance Shop, 5
  • Related Education Requirement 2, 3
  • Total Credits: 23

Fifth Quarter

  • ARCFT245 Aircraft Engines I, 5
  • ARCFT246 Aircraft Engines Shop I, 5
  • ARCFT247 Aircraft Engines II, 5
  • ARCFT248 Aircraft Engines Shop II, 5
  • Total Credits: 20

Sixth Quarter

  • ARCFT255 Powerplant Systems and Components I, 5
  • ARCFT256 Powerplant Systems and Components I Shop, 5
  • ARCFT257 Powerplant Systems and Components II, 5
  • ARCFT258 Powerplant Systems and Components II Shop, 5
  • Total Credits: 20

Seventh Quarter

  • Additional Credits to Satisfy FAA Requirements 3, 0-20
  • Total Credits: 0-20

129-152 credits are required for the Associate in Applied Science

Additional Credits to Satisfy FAA Requirements 3

  • ARCFT275 Theory and Review - Airframe or Powerplant 3, 1-10
  • ARCFT276 Airframe or Powerplant Shop 3, 1-10

1 This course may be substituted with any course from the department pre-approved substitution list or any related course or combination of courses approved by the instructional dean.

2 This course may be chosen from a pre-approved departmental elective list or any related course or combination of courses approved by the instructional dean. A subtotal of 15 credits (a minimum of 3 in each category) in the related education areas of computation, written communication, and human relations/leadership is required for the A.A.S. degree.

3 Available for students who have not accumulated 1900 hours or satisfied other FAA requirements.

Disclaimer: The college cannot guarantee courses will be offered in the quarters indicated. During the period this guide is in circulation, there may be curriculum revisions and program changes. Students are responsible for consulting the appropriate academic unit or adviser for more current and specific information. The information in this guide is subject to change and does not constitute an agreement between the college and the student.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Qualified to take the FAA general, airframe, and powerplant tests.
  2. Able to perform the duties of a beginning certified mechanic with entry-level skills in the repair, maintenance, inspection and overhaul of airframe and of aircraft powerplants, including electrical systems, sheet metal, welding, hydraulic systems, rigging and assembly, wood, fabric and finishes, propellers, ignition systems, lubrication systems, and general overhaul procedures.
  3. Able to use tools, equipment, methods, and procedures in repair, maintenance, and inspection of aircraft and powerplants.
  4. Able to meet the requirements for an A.A.S. degree from Spokane Community College.

Career Opportunities

A licensed airframe or powerplant aviation maintenance technician may specialize in these areas: aircraft accessories, aircraft air conditioning and environmental control, aircraft engine overhaul, aircraft fabric repair, airframe overhaul, aircraft construction, aircraft and engine modification, helicopter maintenance, hydraulic specialist, and sheet metal repair. Potential positions include: airline aircraft maintenance technicians, A&P mechanics, military aircraft maintenance, self-employed aircraft operator, technicians, and sales.

Careers

  • General aviation (small recreational aircraft)
  • Airline industry: regional carriers or major airlines
  • Private business jets
  • Firefighting organizations
  • Hospitals: medevac and air ambulance
  • Law enforcement, Border Patrol, and Search and Rescue
  • Aircraft restoration and fabrication
  • Aircrane construction industry
  • Energy industry: power line repair, oil line surveys, wind generator installation
  • Agricultural industry: crop dusting and surveys
  • Safety/Quality Assurance industry: FAA or NTSB Inspectors
  • Flight simulator repair
  • Aviation instruction/education

Start

Fall, Winter

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated June 26, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
Duration
2 years
Full-time
Price
9,400 USD
Fall Quarter 2019: Washington state residents - $9.400.00; Non-residents of state - $9,750.00. Tools cost between $1,000 and $1,500.
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