Federal Aviation Administration

Aviation Maintenance Technician (AC)

(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.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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 SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
AVI100Aviation Practices I 2 
AVI105Aviation Practices II 2 
AVI110Aviation Fundamentals I 2 
AVI115Aviation Fundamentals II 2 
AVI120Aviation Science I 2 
AVI125Aviation Basic Electricity I 2 
AVI140Aircraft Reciprocating Engines 4 
MTH011Career Mathematics 3 
Second SemesterCredits
AVI130Aviation Science II 2 
AVI135Aviation Basic Electricity II 2 
AVI145Aircraft Turbine Engines 4 
AVI150Aircraft Engine Fuel Metering Systems 2 
AVI155Aircraft Engine Ignition Systems 2 
AVI160Aircraft Engine Systems 4 
ENL010Communications 3 
Third SemesterCredits
AVI165Engine Electrical Systems 4 
AVI170Aircraft Engine Troubleshooting and Inspection 4 
AVI200Vintage Aircraft Structures 2 
AVI205Sheet Metal Aircraft Structures 4 
AVI210Composite Aircraft Structures 2 
Fourth SemesterCredits
AVI215Airframe Systems I 4 
AVI220Airframe Systems II 2 
AVI225Rotary Wing Systems & Maintenance 2 
AVI230Advanced Aircraft Electrical Systems 4 
AVI235Aircraft Electronic and Instrument Systems 2 
AVI240Aircraft Inspection 2 

Additional Information

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