Printed on 10/20/2021

Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics

32-486-1 Technical Diploma (TD)
Full Time
70 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day: Day
Location*: Oshkosh

*If general education courses are required, they 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? (Transfer students, please see additional FAA information below.)

Career Opportunities

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


Estimated Program Cost

Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics

This program will cost about $11,970.06*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $6,155.00*.

Textbooks will cost about $750.35*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


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Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics

Term Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Summer 2022

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* 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 or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15; Catalog #: 94100100; Learn more at

  • Credit Transfer Options

    They're your credits. Take them with you!

    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.
    • Comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations governing Airframe and Powerplant Technicians.
    • Demonstrate FAA and manufacturers’ approved and/or acceptable methods, of maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alterations to airframes, powerplants, and appliances of aircraft.
    • Determine the appropriate diagnosis, inspection, and repair of aircraft, powerplants, and components.
    • Demonstrate proper safety procedures when working on or around aircraft.
  • 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. In 2017-18, FVTC graduates had a pass rate of 100%. 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.

    This program may require professional licensure or certification; FVTC has determined that this program meets professional licensure requirements in the state of Wisconsin; however, FVTC has not determined if this program meets professional licensure requirements for other states.

  • Undecided?

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