Aviation Maintenance Technician (AC)

Federal Aviation Administration

(Effective Fall 2011)

This curriculum prepares students for employment as airframe and powerplant maintenance technicians. The major provides the student a unique combination of theory and practical applications on a wide variety of aircraft. The course work stresses practical application and troubleshooting of powerplant and airframe structures. Graduates will be eligible to take the required examinations for the Airframe and Powerplant Maintenance Certificate.

Career Opportunities

Employment as maintenance technicians for commercial aviation, general aviation, aviation repair stations and manufacturer's 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.

Recommended High School Subjects

Three years of English, one year of algebra, and one year of science.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Aviation Maintenance Technician major web page.

Remediation Strategies

The sequence of remediation will be mathematics, reading, English.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • master the theoretical knowledge and demonstrate the applied skills to successfully complete the requirements for the FAA General, Powerplant, and Airframe exams.
  • demonstrate proper safety procedures and follow all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • understand and demonstrate the professional and ethical standards appropriate in the aviation industry.
  • be employed in the field of aviation maintenance and repair or related industry.

Performance Standards

Students must earn a 'C' or better in all FAA-approved Airframe and Powerplant courses to progress in the major and be allowed to take the FAA written exams.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
AVI100 Aviation Practices I 2  
AVI105 Aviation Practices II 2  
AVI110 Aviation Fundamentals I 2  
AVI115 Aviation Fundamentals II 2  
AVI120 Aviation Science I 2  
AVI125 Aviation Basic Electricity I 2  
AVI140 Aircraft Reciprocating Engines 4  
MTH011 Career Mathematics 3  
Second Semester Credits
AVI130 Aviation Science II 2  
AVI135 Aviation Basic Electricity II 2  
AVI145 Aircraft Turbine Engines 4  
AVI150 Aircraft Engine Fuel Metering Systems 2  
AVI155 Aircraft Engine Ignition Systems 2  
AVI160 Aircraft Engine Systems 4  
ENL010 Communications 3  
Third Semester Credits
AVI165 Engine Electrical Systems 4  
AVI170 Aircraft Engine Troubleshooting and Inspection 4  
AVI200 Vintage Aircraft Structures 2  
AVI205 Sheet Metal Aircraft Structures 4  
AVI210 Composite Aircraft Structures 2  
Fourth Semester Credits
AVI215 Airframe Systems I 4  
AVI220 Airframe Systems II 2  
AVI225 Rotary Wing Systems & Maintenance 2  
AVI230 Advanced Aircraft Electrical Systems 4  
AVI235 Aircraft Electronic and Instrument Systems 2  
AVI240 Aircraft Inspection 2  

Additional Information

Certification: Federal Aviation Administration, approved under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 147.


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