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Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics

Share 32-402-1 Technical Diploma (TD) 70 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Oshkosh

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

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Aviation maintenance technicians play an important role in keeping aircraft safe and ready to fly. This program prepares you for Federal Aviation Administration certification which allows a mechanic to inspect and maintain U.S.-registered civil aircraft. Through hands-on training you’ll learn to inspect, troubleshoot, repair, and maintain aircraft structure and aircraft engines. You’ll also learn the details of maintenance documentation, recordkeeping and certification, as well as how to read technical drawings and diagrams. This career field requires a high standard of integrity and ethics. Are you ready?

Career Opportunities

  • Airline Technician
  • Aircraft Inspector
  • Corporate/General Aviation Technician
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician

Estimated Program Cost

Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics

This program will cost about $14,466.05*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $3,000.00*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include books or all materials and supplies.


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Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics

Term Availability
Spring 2016
Summer 2016
Fall 2016
Spring 2017

* Program availability may vary by location. Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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Admissions Requirements

Skills Assessment

An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program; learn more at

High School Transcript

Submit a final, official high school transcript or an official copy of GED/HSED certification scores.

Credit Transfer Options

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Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

Transfer In

Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

Transfer Out

Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

Program Outcomes
  • Obtain the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificate.
  • Develop an understanding and comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations governing Aviation Maintenance Technicians.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of airframe structural design, powerplant theory, and aircraft systems to a component level.
  • Interpret and apply Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR's) to ensure aircraft safety and the Federal Aviation standards of airworthiness are complied with in all aspects of maintenance.
  • Develop skills in relation to FAA and manufacturers' approved and/or acceptable methods of maintenance, preventative maintenance, and alterations to airframe, powerplants and appliances of aircraft.
  • Apply basic concepts of theory in system and component operation and maintenance.
  • Develop skills to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair aircraft, powerplants, and components.
  • Become proficient in skills and techniques of aircraft inspections, maintenance, preventative maintenance, and alteration of aircraft, powerplants, and appliances.
  • Follow recommended safety procedures when working on aircraft.
  • Communicate and work effectively within a team-focused work group in different ever-changing environments and time constraints.
  • Become competent in decision making and evaluation of maintenance and repairs.
Program Accreditation/Certification
This program is certified and operated under the approval provisions of the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration Regulation Part 147. As a successful graduate, you are eligible for federal testing and certification as an FAA-rated airframe and powerplant mechanic. The national passing score is 70%. In 2014, FVTC graduates had a passing score of 85%. You must be 18 years of age in order to take the exams.
Additional Information
Many employers require a complete physical examination, including drug screening.

Due to FAA regulations regarding attendance and minimum grading requirements, you may not be able to transfer previously completed mathematics or physics courses into this program. If you plan to take any courses prior to entry into this program, please request required documents prior to enrolling in those courses. Contact Dennis Moehn at 920-232-6005 for details.

Online courses and IVC courses are not accepted in this program.

You may choose to also complete the Aircraft Electronics program at Fox Valley Technical College with only one additional year of instruction.

To be licensed, you must pass the FAA written, oral and practical examinations for Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic.

Still undecided about your major or exploring your career options? Check out these resources to identify your personality traits, values, abilities and interests – important considerations when choosing a career. You’ll also find details about scheduling a college visit and contact information for our career counselors if you’d like more personal assistance. We’re here to help you explore your options.

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