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Aviation Maintenance Technology

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 (FAA)-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.

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.

  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 AAS degree from Spokane Community College.

This certificate provides students with both theory and practical lab applications on advanced aircraft construction, rigging and repair, aircraft operation systems, aircraft warning systems, and advanced aircraft electrical systems. This certificate in conjunction with the General Aircraft Maintenance Certificate would allow a student to be eligible to apply for a Federal Aviation Administration Maintenance Airframe License. Completion of the General Aircraft Maintenance Certificate is required before an Airframe and/or Powerplant Certificate can be issued. 
 

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Placement

Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

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Total Program Credits: 40


Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ARCFT137
Airframe Metallic Structures  
5
ARCFT138
Airframe Metallic Structures Shop  
5
ARCFT139
Airframe Non-Metallic Structures & Environment Systems  
5
ARCFT140
Airframe Non-Metallic Structures & Environment Systems Shop  
5
Total Credits
 
20

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ARCFT235
Airframe Flight Control, Rigging, and Landing Gear Systems  
5
ARCFT236
Airframe Flight Control, Rigging, and Landing Gear Systems Shop  
5
ARCFT237
Airframe Instruments, Fluid Systems, & Inspections  
5
ARCFT238
Airframe Instruments, Fluid Systems, & Inspections Shop  
5
Total Credits
 
20

Estimated costs for completing this program

 
WA Resident
Non-Resident
International
Military Tuition Assistance Program
Tuition
$ 3,523
$ 4,170
$ 7,660
$ 2,746
Books
$ 702
$ 702
$ 702
$ 702
Course Fees
$ 402
$ 402
$ 402
$ 402
Institutional Fees
$ 224
$ 224
$ 224
$ 224
Total Costs
$ 4,851
$ 5,498
$ 8,989
$ 4,074

Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

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