Aviation Maintenance Airframe & PowerplantCertificate
The Aviation Maintenance Airframe & Powerplant Certificate program provides preparatory skills in airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics. The curriculum is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA - Air Agency Certificate # HQ6T596N) and provides training on current aviation airframes and powerplants.
Students who successfully complete the curriculum are awarded a certificate of completion qualifying them to take the FAA examination for the airframe and powerplant mechanic license.
Estimated Length of Completion
|Certificate||Full Time: 8
Part Time: Part Time Option Not Available
Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.
Students must meet with an advisor for entry into this program. A placement test is required to assure language and computational skills are sufficient to assure program success.
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.
- Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technician
- Aircraft Repair Station Operator
- Aircraft Structure / Surfaces / Rigging / and Systems Assemblers
- Aviation Research & Development Engineer
- Federal Aviation Administration Technician
- Helicopter Maintenance Technician
- Manufacturer (Aircraft, Engine, Parts)
- NASA Technician
- State & Local Government Agency Technician
Job tests this program will prepare you for:
- Federal Aviation Administration examination for Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic License
For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:
All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.
- Resident Cost : $17,059.35
- NonResident Cost : $19,296.69
- International Student Cost : $43,970.64
Equipment Fee associated with this program
Quarter Start Dates: Please email SouthProfTech@seattlecolleges.edu for the most up to date information.
Students may still enroll in the program during other quarters to begin their related academic classes (Not required if a student has already completed these classes. Students must provide an official transcript.).
Class Times: Check the online class schedule. Students will meet during the class timeframe listed, however in order to maintain safe distances in on-site labs students will be grouped and have specified times on campus. Please check with your instructor for more information.
Other related academic classes are required that meet outside of these class times. These classes can be completed online and/or in-person depending on availability. Check with an advisor regarding when to take related academic classes.
Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 240 prescribed clock-hours of instruction per quarter and a minimum 2.0 grade point average (70%) on each class assignment.
Basic Science for Aviation
This course introduces the student to the diversified field of Aviation Maintenance by providing a firm foundation for maintenance on both small and large aircraft. The course covers aircraft terminology, nomenclature, basic physics, aircraft drawing, and interpretation of diagrams as they pertain to everyday shop problems.
Basic Electricity for Aviation
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism, along with the circuit properties of resistance, inductance and capacitance. Methods of power generation for alternating and direct current systems and aircraft power utilization are studied.
Airframe Structure and Repair
In AMT 113, students will gain knowledge and/or experience working with five types of aircraft structure materials: wood, fabric, composite/fiberglass, plastic and metal. Student projects in each of these areas, in combination with classroom lectures, will provide realistic exposure to approved airframe structural repair practices.
Powerplant Theory and Maintenance
This course is designed to cover three areas. The first area is an in-depth study of theory, operation and maintenance of the internal combustion reciprocating engine. The second area of study is theory, operation and overhaul of gas turbine engines. The third area of study is the inspection, repair and servicing of aircraft internal combustion cooling, exhaust and induction systems used on reciprocating and gas turbine engines.
In this course, students will be introduced to five basic airframe systems: Hydraulic-pneumatic power, landing gear, ice and rain control, cabin environmental control, and fuel systems and management. Assigned projects in these areas on mock-ups or assigned aircraft components and sub-compounds will be completed.
In this course, students will refine basic skills and concepts learned in earlier airframe courses in addition to performing aircraft rigging and assembly, testing and evaluation of aircraft instrument systems, advanced electrical systems, communication and navigation systems, and aircraft inspections for conformity and airworthiness in accordance with approved procedures.
Powerplant Systems and Components
This course is designed to cover six subject areas: Engine fuel system and fuel metering system including carburetion and fuel injection systems, ignition system for both reciprocating engines and turbine engines, engine electrical starting systems, powerplant lubrication systems, electrical and mechanical indicating systems, and powerplant ice and rain control systems.
This course provides the student with a sound knowledge of aircraft propellers used with both small and large piston or turboprop engines. The area of study will also include engine fire detection and extinguishing, engine electrical systems, and turbine engine pneumatic starting systems. Reciprocating and turbine engine test run, run-in and troubleshooting are covered in depth, along with powerplant inspection methods and techniques.
Covers skills and strategies needed to meet writing demands in college and on the job. Prereq: Satisfactory performance on English placement test. Fee(s) and meeting dates dependent on section choice, read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter and email instructor. Find your instructor's email at: http://www.seattlecolleges.com/DISTRICT/employeedirectory/directorysearch.aspx
Writing strategies geared to target audiences. Emphasis on research and problem-solving requiring critical reading and writing; development of ideas and argumentation. Includes layout and design, use of illustration, schematics and mathematics. Prereq: ENG 105 or permission. Fee(s) and meeting dates dependent upon section choice, read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter and email instructor. Find your instructor's email at: http://www.seattlecolleges.com/DISTRICT/employeedirectory/directorysearch.aspx
Computer Applications I
Study of current computer applications. Provides experience in text editing, spreadsheet and database management software. Brief introduction to several popular application softwares. Hands-on experience with a word processor, spreadsheets, data base, manager and MS-DOS. To be taken concurrently with ENG 105. Fee(s) and meeting dates dependent upon section choice, read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter and email instructor. Find your instructor's email at http://www.seattlecolleges.com/DISTRICT/employeedirectory/directorysearch.aspx
Psychology of Human Relations
Covers dynamics of workplace organizations. Theory and concepts include major topics: communication, conflict, leadership, group process, ethics and management. Primarily for vocational students. Section 70 online fee, contact instructor and read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter Find your instructor's email at: http://www.seattlecolleges.com/district/employeedirectory/directorysearch.aspx PREREQ: ENGL 105; ASSET: 43 W, 43 R; COMPASS: 68 W, 81 R