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Powerplant Mechanic

Certificate of Technical Studies for Powerplant Mechanic (Aviation Maintenance)

Students pursuing a Certificate of Technical Studies for Powerplant Mechanic can take this as a standalone certificate program, or as part of a full A&P training course. Students in this program will receive training in general areas of aircraft maintenance, including basic electricity, aircraft drawings, weight/balance, ground operations, corrosion control, maintenance records and publication, basic math, and physics. Upon certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), students are eligible to work on aircraft reciprocating and turbine engines, engine components, engine fire protection, fuel, electrical, lubrication, ignition and starting, cooling, and exhaust systems. 

A full-time commitment is required for students to complete the intensive, year-long program. Classes start each fall semester and generally run Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. This is a competitive enrollment program with limited seating. Applications may be submitted online. The timeline for application is on the aviation maintenance main page. 

Students must be accepted to the College, meet the program entry requirements, submit an application package to the department, and interview with the department chair prior to admittance into the program. Program applications can be submitted online or received through the contact at the bottom of this page.

This Certificate signifies that the student has completed the 1,150 hours (400 General plus 750 Powerplant hours) required by Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools. This certificate provides eligibility to take the FAA General and Powerplant written exams, as well as the oral and practical exam leading to a FAA Mechanic Certificate with Powerplant rating.

For entrance into the program, students must meet the following requirements:

 To receive this certificate, students must:

Program of Study

First Semester Credit Hours

Course ID Course Title Hours
AMTG 1016 General Maintenance Practices 6
AMTG 1026 General Maintenance Processes 6
  Semester Total 12


Second Semester Credit Hours 

Course ID Course Title Hours
AMTP 1116 Powerplant Accessories 6
AMTP 1126 Powerplant Systems 6
  Semester Total 12


Third Semester Credit Hours 

Course ID Course Title Hours
AMTP 1134 Reciprocating Engine Overhaul 4
AMTP 1144 Turbine Engine Overhaul 4
  Semester Total 8


Powerplant Mechanic, Certificate of Technical Studies Total Hours:  32