Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) was recently awarded approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin offering a Certificate of Technical Studies for Powerplant Mechanic. Students who complete the program and receive FAA Certification become eligible to obtain their Powerplant rating as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician. The program also serves as a pathway for students to pursue higher-level degrees in the aviation fields.
A full-time commitment is required for students to complete the intensive, year-long program, which has an anticipated start date of Sept. 14. The curriculum, provided by industry-based instructors, will prepare students to work with aircraft reciprocating and turbine engines, engine components, engine fire protection, fuel, electrical, lubrication, ignition and starting, cooling, and exhaust systems.
"Our college is committed to meeting the high-tech, high-demand needs of this industry," said Melvin Cox, Dean for the Division of Transportation Technology at BRCC. "We are ready for our students to take flight into these exciting, high-wage careers."