This major prepares students for employment as airframe and powerplant maintenance technicians and affords the opportunity for students to broaden their perspective and ability to adapt to a rapidly changing industry. Emphasis on the general education component enhances the student's prospects of employment and further educational advancement. The major prepares students for the written, oral and practical Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Examination of the Airframe and Powerplant Maintenance Certificate, and provides the knowledge needed for supervisory and technical positions.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Certification: Federal Aviation Administration, approved under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 147.
Employment as maintenance technicians for commercial aviation, general aviation, aviation repair stations, and manufacturers' services. With work experience, a graduate may advance into a position such as maintenance supervisor, manufacturer service representative, product development technician, and accident/equipment failure investigator.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for aircraft mechanics and service technicians was $61,020 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $92,080.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Support Activities for Air Transportation||38,260||$25.97||$54,010|
|Scheduled Air Transportation||29,580||$35.94||$74,750|
|Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing||20,070||$30.53||$63,510|
|Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)||16,250||$28.58||$59,440|
|Nonscheduled Air Transportation||7,370||$29.27||$60,880|
Statistics reported in May 2017
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Aviation Technology Advisory Committee
- Mr. James Brady, '85, Senior Manager, Quality Control, United Airlines
- Mr. Christopher Burns, Director, Maintenance, Polari's Aviation Solution
- Mr. Linh Do, '09, Aircraft Maintenance Lead Air Transportation Department, Air Products
- Mr. Robert Evans, Training & Safety Director, Compliance Officer, Sterling Helicopter
- Mr. Christopher Gayman, '09, '10, Supervisor of Product Support, Lycoming Engines
- Mr. Jeffery Gazey, '02, Director, Aviation Maintenance, Geisinger Health System
- Mr. Joel A Glover, Director, Maintenance, Advanced Lancaster LP
- Mr. Franklin A Hartman, '85, Delivery Manager, Airbus Airlines, Final Assembly Line
- Mr. David Hefflefinger, '81, Manager-Aviation Support, The Hershey Company
- Mr. Terrence A Heim, '12, Dumont Aviation
- Mr. William Hertz, '95, QA Inspector, Jet Aviation Flight Services, Inc.
- Mr. George F McKinney, Sr., Vice President, Air-Parts of Lock Haven, Inc.
- Mr. Kevin Pannebakker, '12, Lead Technician, Dumont Aviation
- Mr. Aaron Phillips, '06, Aircraft Technician, Pfizer Inc.
- Mr. Douglas R Phillips, '12, Maintenance Flight Engineer, Johnson & Johnson
- Mr. William Snyder, '70, Federal Aviation Administration, Retired
- Mr. S. Michael Vennie, Aviation Business Consultant, Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc.
- Mr. Andrew D Zook, '02, '07, Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor, Air Products and Chemicals
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.