Offered at North Campus
This 21-month (seven-term) both FAA -approved Part 147 and VA-approved program is designed to include training in the latest methods in the aircraft maintenance technology industry. Students have an unusually large number of aircraft (10) and modern turbojet engines to train on, including the huge General Electric CF6-6 and Pratt & Whitney JT8-D. At the completion of the program, students are prepared to take the Federal Aviation Administration examination for licensing as an “airframe and power plant technician/mechanic.” Completion leads to employment in the aviation industry with fixed base operations, commuter airlines, major airlines, overhaul and repair stations and aircraft manufacturers.
The program has been approved by the State Department of Veterans’ Affairs to receive education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Students meeting all program and graduation requirements receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. This program may transfer for further study toward a four-year baccalaureate degree. Students may also transfer into IHCC’s Avionics Electronic Technician diploma program. Students can enter this major at the beginning of the Fall term.
Program Learning Outcomes
- 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
- 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:
- Fuel metering and rigging
- Engine monitoring and operational instruments
- Engine fire detection and suppression
- Electrical and wiring
- Ignition and starting
- 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
- Human Factors awareness
- 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
- 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
Program Total: 76 Credits