Printed on 8/3/2021
Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics
Technical Diploma (TD)
Financial Aid Eligible
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*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.
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.)
Corporate/General Aviation Technician
Aviation Maintenance Technician
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 www.fvtc.edu/Assessment.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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