Aviation Maintenance Airframe & PowerplantCertificate
This program is for transitioning, retiring military, and veterans with aircraft maintenance experience, the Airframe & Powerplant Seminar Short-term Certificate program is for those with prior experience as aircraft mechanics and a FAA-approved 8610-2 form. The 6-8 week program provides review, gap training, and industry preparation for FAA testing and employment. Prepare for your FAA Mechanic Certification by combining your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) experience and Rate training with a civilian application.
??The program provides a review of general, airframe and powerplant sections of the written, oral and practical FAA-licensing exams with special focus on those areas of civilian aviation not typically encountered during military service. It provides the student with the skills, knowledge and abilities to pursue a career as an Aviation Maintenance Technician.
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.
The following fee is associated with the program:
- Books: $450-500 total
- Aviation Lab/Materials Fee: $150.00/quarter
- FAA licensing exam: $500
- Community Technology Access: $20.00/quarter
- Student ID Card: $5.00
- Transportation Management Plan: $15.00/quarter
- Universal Technology Fee: $3.00/credit
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 students to aircraft terminology and nomenclature, basic physics, aircraft drawings, maintenance forms and records, Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), materials and processes, the exercise of mechanics privileges, and shop safety practices as they pertain to every day shop problems.
Basic Electricity for Aviation
This course introduces students to the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism. Methods of generating alternating and direct current are studied. Students will learn the proper methods of overhaul, inspection, installation and repair of aircraft electrical components. Safety precautions are also emphasized.
Airframe Structure and Repair
This course introduces students to the use of wood, fabric, composites, fiberglass, plastic and metal as materials for aircraft structures. Upon completion of the projects in the course, students learn methods of inspection and repair of aircraft structures. Safety precautions are emphasized when using the various materials found in aircraft structures.
Powerplant Theory and Maintenance
This course introduces students to powerplant theory and maintenance practices of the reciprocating engine and the gas turbine engine. Course topics include overhaul of each powerplant type, inspection technique, induction systems, cooling systems, exhaust, and turbocharging systems.
This course Introduces students to the five basic airframe systems: hydraulic-pneumatic power, landing gear, ice and rain control, cabin environment, fuel systems and management. Students work on assigned projects in each of the areas.
This course Introduces students to aircraft inspection and record keeping procedures, including doors and interior furnishings, fire detection and extinguishing systems, aircraft instruments, aircraft electrical systems, and communication & navigation systems.
Powerplant Systems and Components
This course Introduces students to aircraft engine fuel metering systems, ignition systems, lubricating systems, ice and rain control systems and indicating systems. Upon completion of the projects, students learn the correct procedures for inspecting, testing, overhauling, & troubleshooting powerplant systems & related components. Safety precautions are emphasized when using the various shop tools and equipment.
This course Introduces students to aircraft propeller systems, fire detection and extinguishing systems, reciprocating and turbine engines, powerplant inspections troubleshooting. This is the final phase of powerplant technology and reviews are given for the final FAA exam with emphasis is placed on FAA regulations, airworthiness concepts, safety, personal and technical ethics.
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