Aug 12, 2020  
Academic Program Manuals 2019-2020 
    
Academic Program Manuals 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aviation Maintenance Technology Program Policies & Procedures


Welcome to the Indian Hills Community College Aviation Maintenance Technology Program.  The purpose of this handbook is to help you become familiar with the policies and procedures involved in the program.  This material supplements information found in the school catalog.

Non-Discrimination Statement

To view the full Non-Discrimination Statement, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook or the college website.

Disability Services/Accommodations

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations for special services should contact the IHCC Disability Services office for assistance. Services are available to students who need classroom accommodations, interpreters and/or specialized equipment.

Students who are requesting accommodations must document their disability by providing a written statement signed by a school counselor, physician, psychologist or other health care professional. Statements must include: (a) a description of the disability, (b) a statement of how the disability prohibits one or more major life activities and is a barrier to the student’s full participation in the program, and (c) a description of the specific accommodations to be provided. (Requested accommodations must be related to the individual’s specific disability.)

All requests for accommodations should be made prior to enrollment.

Students should make their requests for accommodations to the Disability Services office at the time they are applying for admission and, preferably, no later than six weeks prior to the beginning of each academic term. All student requests are dealt with in a confidential manner. Students should contact Disability Services by calling (641) 683-5749 (Ottumwa) or (641) 856-2143, ext. 2214 (Centerville) or by email at disabilityservices@indianhills.edu.

Accreditation

Indian Hills Community College is a public post-secondary institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, and (800)621-7440.

Indian Hills Community College is also accredited by the State of Iowa, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146, (515)281-8260.

Program Learning Outcomes

The following list of program learning outcomes describes the knowledge and skills the student should be able to demonstrate upon completion of the program.

  • An understanding of certified Airframe and Powerplant Technician privileges and limitations under the F.A.A. regulations.
  • A knowledge of F.A.A. records and forms required to be used by A&P (Airframe and Powerplant) Technicians.
  • The ability to calculate, perform, and record aircraft weight and balance information.
  • An understanding of basic electrical principles, which encompass: D/C and A/C circuit theory, current generation methods, aircraft batteries, and wiring practices.
  • The ability to perform aircraft ground operations and servicing procedures that cover:  aviation hand signals, engine operation, aircraft ramp safety and tie down, and the identification of aircraft fuels.
  • An in depth understanding of operation, inspection, servicing, repair, and troubleshooting procedures for aircraft airframe systems and components that includes:
    • Landing gear and brakes
    • Climate control and oxygen
    • Fuel storage and delivery
    • Hydraulic and pneumatic
    • Flight instruments and warning systems
    • Communication and navigation
    • Avionics
    • Fire detection and suppression
    • Anti-icing and rain repellant
    • Electrical and wiring
  • An in depth understanding of operation, inspection, servicing, repair, and troubleshooting procedures for turbine and reciprocating engines, components, and systems to include:
    • Lubrication
    • Fuel metering and rigging
    • Engine monitoring and operational instruments
    • Engine fire detection and suppression
    • Propellers
    • Electrical and wiring
    • Ignition and starting
    • Induction
    • Cooling
    • Exhaust
  • The ability to use acceptable practices to identify, remove, and prevent metal corrosion.
  • The understanding of fundamental aerodynamic and physics principles; how these principles relate to aircraft operations along with the ability to calculate for unknown quantities. A proficient knowledge in basic thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and classical mechanics is required.
  • The ability to identify aircraft hardware and materials, comprehend the metallurgical processes used to produce them, and the non-destructive testing methods used to inspect them.
  • The basic skills required to repair and fabricate aircraft sheet metal and composite structures.
  • The technique of repairing, fabricating, and inspecting aircraft wooden and fabric structures.
  • The ability to apply, remove, and inspect basic corrosion preventative and cosmetic finishes on aircraft structures.
  • The theory and practice of basic welding, brazing, and soldering on aircraft steel structures.
  • The knowledge and skill to perform engine, rotor, propeller, and flight control rigging.
  • Proficiency in acceptable methods to perform airframe and powerplant inspections;  a thorough understanding of the inspections requirements as assigned for F.A.R. parts 91,121,125, and 135; as well as light sport, pre-purchase, certification, and conformity inspections.
  • The mastery of the correct procedures and protocols to follow for the assembly and buildup of airframe and Powerplant assemblies, sub-assemblies, major-assemblies, and components.
  • A mastery of basic mathematics to include a skills base of elementary algebra, consumer mathematics, rudimentary geometry and trigonometry, as well as the reading and use of statistical information and graphs.
  • An understanding of the industry standards and work ethics required of A&P Technicians to be safe, effective, and employable.  The following embody the required standards:
    • Positive “Safety First” attitude
    • Team participation
    • Integrity
    • Human Factors awareness
    • Punctuality/attendance
    • Proper tool usage
    • Adherence to safety rules and guidelines
    • Personal appearance
    • Time management
    • Organizational skills
  • An awareness of the current trends within the aviation industry and its governmental regulation.
  • The ability to understand all facets or areas of the aviation maintenance field and how they interact and be capable of performing to industry standards within any one they so choose. These aviation maintenance fields include but are not limited to:
    • Helicopter/rotor wing aircraft maintenance
    • Avionics
    • Electrical installation
    • Sheet metal repair/fabrication
    • Composite repair/fabrication
    • Assessory/component repair or overhaul
    • Engine overhaul
    • Commercial transport line maintenance
    • Aircraft restoration
    • Quality control/inspection
    • Manufacturing.

Aircraft Technician’s Creed

Upon my honor I swear that I shall hold in sacred trust the rights and privileges conferred upon me as a certified aircraft technician.  Knowing full well that the safety and lives of others are dependent upon my skill and judgement.  I shall never knowingly subject others to risks, which I would not be willing to assume for myself, or for those dear to me.

In discharging this trust, I pledge myself never to undertake work or approve work which I feel to be beyond the limits of my knowledge;  nor shall I allow any non-certified superior to persuade me to approve aircraft or equipment as airworthy against my better judgement;  nor shall I permit my judgement to be influenced by money or other personal gain;  nor shall I pass as airworthy aircraft or equipment about which I am in doubt, either as a result of direct inspection or uncertainty regarding the ability of others who have worked on it to accomplish their work satisfactorily.

I realize the grave responsibility, which is mine as a certified airman, to exercise my judgement on the airworthiness of aircraft and equipment.  I, therefore, pledge unyielding adherence to these precepts for the advancement of aviation and the dignity of my vocation.

Program Philosophy

“We constantly strive to improve skills and knowledge as we commit ourselves to doing the very best job possible as aircraft technicians”.

The above statement is our definition of professionalism.  Our goal is not just to make it possible for someone to receive a license but to mold that someone into a professional who constantly strives for perfection the rest of his or her career.  Our well-rounded curriculum and testing to industry standards makes reaching this goal possible.  Indian Hills Community College has adopted as its objectives the following ten points of service as stated in the Iowa Code, Chapter 260C.1:

  • The first two years of college work, including pre-professional education.
  • Vocational and technical education.
  • Programs for in-service training and retraining of workers.
  • Programs for high school completion for students of post-high school age.
  • Programs for selected high school students in vocational-technical education.
  • Student personnel services.
  • Community services.
  • Vocational education for persons who have academic, socio-economic, or other handicaps.
  • Training, retraining, and all necessary preparation for productive employment of all citizens.
  • Career education for all persons who are not enrolled in a high school and who have not completed high school.

Student Code of Conduct

To view the full Student Code of Conduct Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook or the college website.

Grievance and Appeals Procedures

To view the full Grievance Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy

For the student to be successful in completing the objectives of the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program, it is critically important that he/she understand the following:

  • There is a vitally important connection between attendance and success.  Missing classes and or being late (tardy) is the #1 reason for failure.
  • Attendance is an FAA mandatory requirement.  Students are expected to be in attendance for all classes and laboratory work.  Federal Aviation Regulations require that any student missing more than 20% of class or lab time may be required to repeat the course rather than make up the time.  Missed time comprising 0 to 20% of a class or lab must be made up within 10 class days of the date it was missed.  In the case of a student having missed over 15% of class or lab the instructor may require the student making up time to do written reports.  In any and all cases, time missed must be made up before a final grade will be issued.  Any and all time shall be made up by the end of the term.  Any extension shall be at the instructor’s approval and discretion.  Time shall only be “made up” Monday through Thursday on regular school days in the 3:30 to 4:35 PM time slot.  The maximum amount of time that may be made up on any one day is one hour.  Students are advised NOT to wait until the end of a term to take care of this requirement.  The end of a term is an unusually busy time for faculty and staff with many other mandatory responsibilities such as meetings at the main campus.  Students are to take note of the fact that if a large amount of time is missed it can quickly become impossible for it to be made up because of the limited number of days available.
  • If a student is unable to attend, he/she is to report his/her absence each day–stating name and reason for missing that day.  The student is to call the department office at 683-5214 or 1-800-726-2585 ext. 5214.  Failure to notify the instructor may result in an “0” for that days work.
  • Each instructor has the prerogative of using class participation and INDUSTRY STANDARDS as part of the total grade in a course.  A component of Aviation Industry Standards is the inspection of student toolboxes for neatness and conformity.  The weight put on participation may vary with each course (see your course syllabi for specifics).
  • Each absence and/or tardiness for class or laboratory experience will be documented in the student’s record. This record may be made available to prospective employers with student permission.
  • Attendance will be reviewed frequently by a Progress Review Committee to determine if each student is meeting the objectives of the program.  Excessive absences may result in the student failing to meet program objectives and a faculty recommendation for dismissal of the student from the program.
  • Tests, projects, or written assignments missed due to absences must be made up within 2 class days upon return, to avoid a failing grade.  This requirement also applies to those courses that end mid-term.  Late tests or projects due to unexcused absences receive a maximum score of 70% at the discretion of the instructor. The instructor of record or the Department Chair must authorize any departure from this rule.
  • Classes are normally conducted from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Any student arriving to class after roll call will be charged time against FAA requirements as follows:
    • Roll call to 30 minutes late                                      0.5 hour
    • 31 minutes to 60 minutes                                        1.0 hour
    • 61 minutes to 90 minutes                                        1.5 hours
    • 91 minutes  to 120 minutes                                     2.0 hours etc…
  • For a student to “make up time” the instructor of record MUST be present.  If a student wishes to make up time they should give the instructor as much prior notice as possible. In order to give the instructor a few minutes of respite after the last class of the day, make up time shall begin at 3:30 PM at the earliest.  As per FAA requirements “make up” shall be in the subject area missed but the specific assignment or assignments shall be at the discretion of the instructor.
  • A student wishing to take a leave of absence must meet with the Progress Review Committee.  A written request must be sent to the Department Chairperson.  Leaves of absence may be granted by the Progress Review Committee.
    • If the student’s previous performance indicates he/she is able to achieve the objectives of the program, and
    • If it is possible for the faculty to plan the student’s program so that all work can be satisfactorily completed.

Academic Misconduct Policy

To view the full Academic Misconduct Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.

Use of Tobacco Products Policy

To view the full Use of Tobacco Products Policy, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook.

Cell Phone/Computer/Table Use Policy

Cell phones, laptop computers, and computer tablet use in the classroom will not be allowed during class lecture times.  The devices can be used only during class project times if they are used to assist the student in completing projects or gathering information to accomplish project tasks.  Device use for recreational or personal activities will be limited to break and lunch periods. 

  • First Offense: student will receive a verbal warning
  • Second Offense: student will be removed from class and FAA make up time will assessed
  • Third Offense: student will be sent to the North Campus Program Chair for reprimand and disciplinary actions.

Special permission will be granted on a case by case for cell phone use as required for a student’s employment or emergency situations.

Student Attitude

Skills and knowledge are an essential aspect of competent job performance.  Effective work competencies, work attitudes, values, and habits have been shown to be equally important in securing and holding a job.

Academic Support Center

The SUCCESS Center is one of the services provided by Indian Hills Community College to help ensure your success in achieving your goals.

Peer and professional tutors are available to students in many but not all specialized subject areas.  Tutors are available at no charge to the student, but tutoring is limited to the availability of tutors.  The SUCCESS Center does not guarantee that tutors can be arranged for every subject area.

Tutoring sessions are arranged day and evening and may be arranged in group or individual sessions.

Your instructor, counselor, or SUCCESS Center staff person can get you started in arranging for a tutor.

English Proficiency

The IHCC SUCCESS Center provides assistance in oral and written communication skills to students to whom English is not their native language.  Tutoring, computer assisted instruction, and one-to-one assistance is available.  Courses to develop and improve basic English skills are available for credit at the regular tuition rate.   Students should contact the SUCCESS Center by calling (641) 683 5238.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Time Requirements

Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 147.21 (b) states:  The curriculum must offer at least 1900 hours of aircraft instruction and lab training.  The FAA defines this as time receiving instruction by classroom lecture and lab time in which students work on projects and assignments in the lab.   The 1900 hours is “time driven” NOT “project driven.”   Time spent lounging in the classroom because a project has been completed DOES NOT COUNT toward the 1900 hours.  In such a case the instructor has the option of stopping clock on the 1900 hours and the student will have to make up the time later.  If lab projects have been completed students should see their instructor for additional work or assignments.

Grades

  • A course syllabus will be issued to the student at the beginning of each course. This syllabus will contain grading information and procedures.
  • Final examinations are scheduled for each course at the end of each course.  Students will be issued mid-term and final grades.  Mid-term grades are not part of the permanent student record but only an indication of progress thus far.  Final grades appear on a student’s final record and are used to determine academic standing.
  • Students at Indian Hills Community College must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) in order to graduate from the College.  In addition to the above, students must satisfactorily complete all hours required in the program of study.  “F” grades will not be counted as satisfactory completion of program requirements.  In order to graduate from the Aviation Maintenance Program all Indian Hills requirements as well as the Federal Aviation Administration requirements must be met.
  • Should a student detect any errors concerning his/her grades, he/she should notify the school within two weeks after grade slips has been distributed.  The student should check immediately with the instructor who issued the grade regarding any questions.
  • Any student who drops below a 2.0 grade average at any time is automatically considered to be on academic probation.  If the grade average is not raised to 2.0 or better by the end of the next consecutive term, the student will be requested to leave the program or must have special permission to continue.  Academic probation may affect a student’s financial aid.  The student must seek the advise of the financial aid office for further clarification.
  • The student may also be requested to leave the school at any time for unsatisfactory progress, work, or conduct.  Students will be given an opportunity to meet with the Progress Review Committee and other interested parties to discuss the reported problem before any final action is taken.
  • Official transcripts must be requested in writing from the registrar’s office.  Departments cannot issue an official transcript.
  • Conferences will be scheduled periodically to discuss grades, progress, and difficulties.  Students may schedule conferences with the instructor, department chairperson, or counselor at any time.  If a student is having course problems he/she is expected to take the initiative in scheduling conferences.
  • Should a student be unable to complete some portion of assigned course work during the regular term, a mark of “I” (incomplete) may be assigned.  In such cases, the student must then complete the course work within the first three weeks of the following term.  This extension of the work completion shall be at the discretion of the instructor, based on acceptable extenuating circumstances.  “Incomplete” grades automatically become failures unless the work is satisfactorily completed within the time period specified.
  • Indian Hills accepts credit from other approved post-secondary institutions and will apply these credits, when appropriate, toward requirements of the program in which the student is enrolled.  Transcripts from other institutions must be on file with Student Services.  If a student feels he/she has prior credit for a class, he/she should make application through Student Services.
  • Students who wish to terminate or withdraw from a program are required to obtain and submit appropriate papers.  Withdrawal papers are obtained in the department office.  Proper withdrawal procedures insure that the student does not receive grades of “F” for all the courses taken.
  • Students wishing to transfer to another program within the college should contact both departments as to the possibilities and procedures required.
  • A student wishing to repeat a course must have prior departmental approval.    A student who wants to repeat a course must initiate the action by contacting the Aviation Department Office and then the Student Services Office.
  • A student may make a request for tutoring services at any time he/she deems it necessary.  The student shall notify the instructor for necessary arrangements.

Technical Education Grading is based on the following percentages:

Percentage Letter Grade Grade Points
100-93 A 4
92-85 B 3
84-77 C 2
76-70 D 1
69-0 F 0

You can compute your grade point average at anytime by using the following formula:

Course Credit Hours Letter Grade/Grade Points Total Grade Points
Airframe Fuel Systems 2 C(2) 4
Fundamentals of Electricity 3 B(3) 9
Engine Fueling/Metering 2 A(4) 8
Engine Electrical Systems 2 B(3) 6
Aircraft Assemply Rigging 2 D(1) 2
Total Credit Hours = 11 Total Grade Points = 29 

Total Grade Points/Credit Hours Attempted = Grade Point Average (GPA)
29/11 = 2.64 GPA

Evaluation Criteria

Test and quizzes on theory will account for 45% of the final grade.   Evaluation of practical application in the labs will account for 45% of the grade.  Practical applications will be evaluated on project performance, general knowledge, and shop safety.  INDUSTRY STANDARDS will account for the remaining 10%.

Industry Standard Factors

  • Attitude
  • Class participation
  • Completion of projects in time allotted
  • Violation and disregard of safety rules
  • Engaging in horseplay, scuffling, or throwing things
  • Causing confusion or disruption by shouting
  • Loafing, inattention, or sleeping in class or lab
  • Misuse of department computers by changing of settings, or use of personal CDs such as games or music)
  • Refusal to maintain professional standards of dress, personal grooming, or cleanliness which invites attention detrimental to the work effort or is unsafe.
  • Using vicious, profane, obscene, or offensive language.
  • Bring and/or viewing obscene and sexually offensive material on school premises.
  • The hanging or application of obscene or sexually offensive stickers, decals, or calendars to tool boxes.
  • Failure to keep lab work area neat, swept, and professional maintained.
  • Placing tools, parts, or any other object on unprotected aircraft surfaces.
  • Creating or contributing to unsanitary or poor working conditions
  • Threatening, intimidating, coercing, or interfering with fellow students
  • Entering restricted areas such as the Truck Driving area.

Testing

  • Each student must notify the course instructor prior to test day if he/she is going to be absent.
  •  Tests missed as a result of an absence will be taken or arrangements will be made on the first day of the student’s return to school.  The test will likely be a different test covering the same course objectives.  The student that misses exams must initiate the make-up process with the instructor.  The instructor of record will schedule make-up exams or quizzes.
  •  In “make-up  exams or quizzes” the maximum score permitted is 70%. 
  •  No tests will be administered after the last day of the term unless authorized by the instructor of record and/or the Department Chair.

FAA Testing

Aviation Maintenance Technician students are required by the Federal Aviation Administration to complete written, oral, and practical exams for each of the General, Airframe, and Powerplant sections of the course.

  • FAA written tests are given “as a service for students” at certain select times through IHCC’s LASERGRADE testing center at the main campus.   Computer tests are paid for by the student on an as-needed basis.  Students are also free to schedule tests at any of the numerous testing centers throughout the Midwest.
  • Oral and Practical exams are normally completed in the Aviation Department.  Student applicants and affiliated Designated Mechanic Examiners (DME) complete these tests after normal school hours.  Test fees are included in the student activity fees which are collected at the beginning of each semester.  Students may elect to complete these exams with any outside DME of their choice.   This would be at their own expense.

Schedule Changes/Withdrawal

Students may make schedule changes (add or drop classes) during the first seven days of the term.  No adds or drops can be made to a student’s schedule after seven days.

Students who officially withdraw through the tenth week of the term will receive a “W” (withdrawal) on their transcript.  The procedure to add/drop or withdraw must be completed within two school days of the first notification to the department official.  Failure to follow the procedures below to withdraw from a course will result in a grade of “F” for the course:

  • obtain proper forms from the department’s main office.
  • hand deliver form to enrollment services for signature.

Students withdrawing from the college are required to obtain and complete withdrawal papers and forms.   Completion of proper procedures ensures the student will not receive failing grades for all course work during the term of withdrawal. Completion of these papers and forms are the responsibility of the student.

Dress Code

All students in Aviation Technology should be neat and clean in appearance at all times.  During class periods, students may use their own judgment as to what to wear with the following exceptions:

  • No hats or caps are to be worn in classrooms.
  • Shirts must be worn in the classrooms and labs.
  • T-shirts with offensive printing are never to be worn on any IHCC campus.
  • For safety reasons no open toed shoes or sandals are to be worn in the lab.
  • For Safety reasons no shorts or cut-offs are to be worn in the lab area.

Students should always be preparing for the job market.  Often potential employers come to visit IHCC.  Many times they come unannounced.  Students should always strive to portray a professional appearance.

Copyright Policy

Reproduction of copyright materials policy:  Indian Hills Community College does not sanction illegal duplication of materials in any form.  College equipment should not be used to duplicate or run illegal materials.  Students who willfully disregard the College’s copyright position are in violation of College policy; they do so at their own risk and assume all liability and responsibility.  A copy of the Copyright Materials Procedures Document is on file with your Department Chairperson and in the Learning Resource Center.

Computer Policy

Students are not allowed to use the Aviation Department administrative computers.  On computers dedicated to student use students shall not make any attempt to evade any computer’s security system.  Students are not to tamper with software configurations, bypass the menu system, make changes in the control panel or other computer settings and use of personal software programs.

Misuse of computers, computer software, or network connection is cause for immediate dismissal from the program.

Food and beverages are to be kept out of the computer labs.

Student Software Policy

Any student software medium that is going to be used in any Indian Hills computer must first be checked against anti-viral software by the student’s instructor or designated lab supervisor.  Should the disk contain a detected virus, that disk must be cleaned by the instructor or never be used in any Indian Hills computer.

Building Occupancy Rules

  • Skateboarding, roller blading, or roller-skating IS NOT permitted in the building, parking lot, or roads leading to the parking lot or in any way on IHCC property.
  • All balls, athletic equipment, radio control cars and airplanes, and associated paraphernalia and equipment are to be kept in student cars or trucks and NOT brought into the building.
  • No food or beverages are permitted in the labs.
  • Building security procedures shall be followed.
  • Aviation students are not to enter the area of the building that is reserved for Welding, Auto Body or Truck Driving. 
  • The building IS NOT an automotive, motorcycle, or any other vehicle or appliance repair facility.  Automobiles, motorcycles and their parts are not to be brought in the building.  In an emergency the chairman may grant special permission to a student to bring their car in for work, but the work must involve something minor and be in the building only a short time.  In no case shall a car be left in the building overnight. 
  • Special permission may be granted for miscellaneous parts to be brought into the building for work if in the judgment of the chairman the work wanting to be accomplished can be directly related to aviation education.
  • Doing personal work in the building with IHCC tools and equipment is prohibited unless permission is granted by a faculty member or the department chairman.
  • Radios and other entertainment devices are NOT permitted in the classrooms or lab areas.
  • Use of school phones for personal use is prohibited unless an instructor or staff member gives permission.
  • Obscene or sexually offensive videos, stickers, banners, and other related items are prohibited in the classrooms and labs.  Students are not to put sexually offensive stickers, calendars, or other similar things on their tool boxes.
  • Emergency procedures regarding fire evacuation and tornadoes must be noted and followed.

Building Occupancy - Student Vehicles

The Aviation Center is NOT an automotive, motorcycle, or any other vehicle personal repair facility.  Students are not to bring their vehicles into the building.  In the event of an emergency special permission may be granted by the chairman or an instructor for a short period of time.  If special permission is granted the student is only to work on their car before or after school hours and only if an instructor is present.  In no case is the vehicle to be left inside the building overnight or lengthy period of time.

Building Occupancy - Non-Aviation Projects

Automotive, motorcycle and other non-aviation projects are not to be brought into the Aviation Center for work.  Special permission may be granted if in the view of the chairman, or an instructor, the project can be directly connected to aviation and will substantially bolster student aviation learning.

Lab Maintenance Policy

Students are required, the same as people in the aviation industry, to willingly partake in the important activities of lab/shop/classroom maintenance, cleaning, and organization as directed by an instructor.  They are to view them as an integral part of their education as well as a necessity for lab safety.  This requirement will be subject to inspection by the instructor and will be reflected in industry standard grading.

Courtesy for Commercial Driver Training Program

The students and faculty of the Commercial Driver Training Program share the building.   The students of the Aviation Department need to extend all manner of professional courtesy and consideration.  IHCC’s streets and roadways around the airport are their classroom and training ground and as such merit special consideration.  Aviation students must treat these roadways differently by not parking along them or in any way impeding their trucks. Aviation students are also asked not to park in their parking area on the south side of the building or use their lot for sport, games, or other recreational activities.

Non-payment of Tuition

Students who have failed to pay or to make arrangements to pay their tuition and fees before the eighth instructional day of the term will be dropped from their courses and asked to leave those classes.

Placement

Job placement takes a top priority at IHCC.  However, no school can guarantee job placement.  The ability of a student to get a job in his/her career field upon graduation is a very important part of the educational process

  • The student is responsible to actively seek employment.  We will help, but cannot guarantee job placement.
  • The department will keep students informed of available jobs of which we are notified by bulletin board postings.  We will send resumes and grades and host interviewers when applicable.
  • The department maintains a list of employers’ names and addresses available to students.
  • The department subscribes to periodicals whose disposition is the listing of jobs.  These are kept in the main office and may be checked out for short periods.
  • The student may use the Aviation Department phone to contact potential employees.
  • The student should provide the department with placement data, once a job is accepted.

Student Communication

It is not the departments or the college’s responsibility to take personal messages or telephone calls.   All EMERGENCY messages will be forwarded as soon as possible to the individual.  Personal calls must be made from the pay phone located in the break area.  Office phones may be used, with permission, for emergencies, school business and employer contacts.  If a call for a student is received, the personnel of the department office will search for the student only if the call concerns job placement or an emergency.

Release of Student Information

IHCC and its personnel may not disclose personally identifiable information from the education records of students without the prior written consent of the student.

Student Services

  • Academic Advising is available to all students through advisors assigned to instructional divisions and/or by student choice.
  • Placement services are available to assist students, graduates, and alumni in obtaining employment.
  • Financial aid is available to students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend college.  Students may contact Student Services for information.
  • Each class elects a student senator to serve on the Indian Hills Student Senate.  The student attends regularly scheduled meetings to discuss school and student problems as well as to plan future campus student activities.
  • Information about occupational and educational opportunities is always available to students.  This information, including up-to-date college catalogs from other states, is kept in the Student Services office.
  • FAA written tests are given “as a service for students” at certain select and scheduled times through IHCC’s SYLVAN’S LASERGRADE testing center.

Communicable Diseases

Indian Hills Community College believes students or employees with communicable diseases should be allowed to attend to their regularly assigned duties as long as they are physically able to perform the tasks assigned them and as long as their attendance does not create a substantial risk of transmission of the illness to students or employees in the college.  The college will make every effort, in light of the individual’s circumstances to provide the least restrictive environment for continued attendance.  A complete policy is available upon request.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Indian Hills prohibits the use of drugs and alcohol on or around its property at any time except for those areas licensed under the laws of the State of Iowa.  Areas where prohibited include:  dormitories, student campus activities, classrooms, school parking lots, roadways, and leisure activity areas.  Any violation of this policy will result in prosecution under Iowa law when applicable, as well as disciplinary action by the college deemed appropriate within the policies of conduct prescribed and approved by the Board of Trustees.

Hazardous Materials/Waste

The proper handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials and waste products is everyone’s responsibility.

Contact your instructor immediately if you suspect exposure to or contact with any hazardous materials.

Your instructor will acquaint you with the following for any areas in which hazardous materials are in use:

  • Location of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Protective clothing, etc. required for handling materials
  • Proper disposal of used or unwanted materials and waste

Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA)

Those students who are funded by JTPA will pick up their time sheets from the department secretary.  The time sheets must be filled out and returned weekly to the department secretary before leaving school on Thursday or prior to any holiday or break.  Filling out the time sheets properly and turning them in on time is the student’s responsibility.  Any student having questions concerning the procedures to be followed should see the department secretary or the student’s JTPA counselor.

Instructional Day

The instructional day begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.  Students are expected to be in class at the start time of each class and remain until dismissed by the instructor.  The instructional day is generally divided into six 1 hr. 15 minute time blocks which includes a 10 minute break period.  Scheduled time of each class period is listed below:

  • 1st Period  =  7:30 -  8:45                
  • 2nd Period =  8:45 - 10:00        
  • 3rd Period = 10:00 - 11:15    
  • LUNCH = 11:15 - 11:45
  • 4th Period = 11:45 -  1:00    
  • 5th Period =  1:00 -  2:15    
  • 6th Period =  2:15 -  3:30

Lab Hours

  • The lab area is to be occupied by students only during assigned times.  No   in lab area during lunch or break periods.  All lab work outside of normal school hours MUST be supervised by an instructor.
  • Safety glasses must be worn at all times while in the lab area.
  • All students may be required to participate in lab/shop cleaning either on an individual or group basis at the discretion of the instructor.

Bulletins

A bulletin board is located in the center of the building near the break room.  Students wanting to place announcements on the bulletin board or anywhere else in the building must have it approved by the building secretary.

Lunch

Snacks and sack lunches are permitted in the lunch area only. NO food is permitted in classrooms.

School Cancellations

ndian Hills Alert is the emergency notification system of Indian Hills Community College. Indian Hills Alert allows the college to communicate timely emergency information quickly to students, faculty, staff and interested members of the community.  To sign up to receive alerts, go to https://ihccalert.bbcportal.com/ and create an account to receive information via phone, email, and/or text message about college–related emergencies, college closings or delayed openings due to inclement weather, or other urgent campus communications.  Indian Hills Alert will only be used to send you messages related to college emergencies or safety issues, never to send you advertisements.

If weather conditions are questionable and there has been no announcement of cancellation, students are expected to use their own judgement regarding the advisability of travel.

School cancellation does not wave the minimum Federal Aviation Administration time requirement for course completion.

Student Clubs and Organizations

The Aero Club is open to all IHCC students and staff.  The Aero Club offers its members aviation activities and community service opportunities above and beyond the scope of the approved curriculum.

IHCC has a number of organizations where membership is open to students.  For information regarding other IHCC clubs and/or procedures for starting new clubs, contact the director of Student Services.

Parking

Student parking for aviation students is provided in the front and to the north or northwest part of the building.  Parking space is limited.  Students are required to park on the hard surface areas.  Double parking, parking in fire lanes, parking in front of overhead doors, parking in front of the large roll up fabric door, and parking in designated staff parking areas is prohibited.  Students are also not to park in the Commercial Driver Training area on the south side of the building.

Copy Machine

The central office duplicating and copying equipment is to be used by the staff and office personnel.

Moving of School Aircraft

Throughout the course of the program the school aircraft may be required to be relocated in the hangar or outside on the parking lot or run up area to accommodate various projects.  The following rules apply to the moving of Indian Hill’s aircraft:

  • Instructor authorization must be obtained to move any school aircraft.
  • If the school aircraft must be moved it shall be done under the supervision of faculty or a sufficient number of assigned students to give adequate safety.

Disregard of Lab Rules

Failure to meet safety standards or the disregard of shop policy and rules will be handled in a three “strike” system of consequences.

  • Verbal warning.
  • Removal of Industry Standard Points 10% of project grades.
  • Recommendation for removal of program.

Safety Reporting System

All safety violations and concerns should be immediately reported or shared with the program instructors.  However, an anonymous Safety Reporting System has been established.  The system consists of a comment card, lock box, and faculty review.  A concern or suggestion regarding hangar, class, or shop safety can be written on one of the cards and deposited into the lock box.  Only authorized staff has keys to the lock box to ensure anonymity.  Each card and suggestion or report will be handled appropriately in accordance with the aviation maintenance program, Indian Hills, State, and F.A.A. rules and regulation.

Staff Directory

For a full listing of Faculty members please visit the faculty directory in the College Catalog & Student Handbook or search the Online Faculty/Staff Directory.

Required Tools

The Aviation Maintenance Technology program requires that the student buy his/her own hand tools and tool boxes.  Students should inventory their tool boxes after each use to make sure that all tools are accounted for.  Tool boxes should then be locked and secured between labs or when not in use.  All students should be aware that IHCC is not responsible for any tools or toolboxes that are lost, stolen or damaged in any way.  All tools and tool boxes must be removed from school property no later than one term after graduation or withdrawal from the program.  Any tools or tool boxes left after that time period will be considered abandoned by the student and dealt with accordingly.

  • Tool Box
  • Metal Snips
  • SAE Ratchet Socket Set, 1/4” or 3/8” Drive
  • Socket sizes 1/4” to 9/16”
  • Combination Wrench Set-1/4” to 7/8”
  • Punch and Chisel Set
    • 3/32, 1/8, 5/32 Pin Punch
    • 1 Tapered Punch
    • 1 Metal Chisel
    • 1 Center Punch
  • Adjustable Wrench, 8 in
  • Plier Set
    • Common
    • Duck Bill
    • Side Cutters
  • File Set, 3 Piece
    • Flat File
    • Half Round File
    • Rat Tail File
  • Screwdriver Set
  • Hammer, Ball Peen
  • Flashlight
  • Hex Key Set
  • Steel 6” Ruler with Decimal Scale
  • 2” Inspection Mirror
    • Small Drill Bit Set – Fractional
  • Numbered Drill Bits #40, #30, #21
  • Safety Glasses
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Air Chuck
  • Valve Core Remover
  • Full Coverage Hearing Protectors (Head Set)

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