Certificate of Proficiency in General Aviation Maintenance Technology
17 Credit Hours
The Aviation General Maintenance certificate addresses the general knowledge required for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification as an Airframe and/or Powerplant maintenance technician.
Program Pre-Requisites or Co-Requisites
Students without prior college-level mathematics and/or physical science credits must pass MATH 1104 Applied Technical Math and PSCI 1103 Applied Physics with grades of “C” or better to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for continuing in aviation maintenance programs. Those who do not do so may not enroll in additional Aviation Maintenance courses beyond those listed below until these core requirements are met. Consequently, students are encouraged to complete these courses during their first two semesters of enrollment while completing the certificate of proficiency to avoid heavy course loads for the technical certificate programs.
Technical Certificate in Aviation Airframe Maintenance Technology
39-40 Credit Hours
The Aviation Airframe Maintenance Certificate program provides students with the knowledge and hours required for their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Mechanics Airframe certification. The subjects covered include wood structures, aircraft covering, aircraft finishes, sheet metal and non-metallic structures, welding, assembly and rigging, airframe inspection, aircraft landing gear systems, hydraulic and pneumatic power systems, cabin atmosphere control systems, aircraft instrument systems, communication and navigation systems, aircraft fuel systems, aircraft electrical systems, position and warning systems, ice and rain control systems, and fire protections systems.
Students who successfully complete the Certificate of Proficiency in Aviation General Maintenance Technology and the Technical Certificate in Aviation Airframe Maintenance Technology classes are eligible for the FAA “Mechanics Airframe Certificate” testing process.
Technical Certificate in Aviation Powerplant Maintenance Technology
41-42 Credit Hours
The Aviation Powerplant Maintenance certificate provides students with the knowledge and hours required for the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Mechanics Powerplant certificate. The subjects covered include reciprocating and turbine engine operation theory, lubrication, powerplant electricity, ignition, starting, fire protection, auxiliary power units, engine instruments, induction, exhaust, cooling, fuel systems and fuel metering, propeller operation and overhaul, and powerplant inspection.
Students who successfully complete the Certificate of Proficiency in Aviation General Maintenance Technology and the Technical Certificate in Aviation Powerplant Maintenance Technology classes are eligible for the FAA “Mechanics Powerplant Certificate” testing process.
Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology
69-72 Credit Hours
The Aviation Maintenance Technology program provides an up-to-date, intensive training for this occupational field. Students who successfully complete the program, which is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under Title 14 CFR Part 147, meet the training and experience requirements of the FAA for Airframe and/ or Powerplant certificate ratings. The number of credit hours is determined by the FAA required hours.
The Aviation Maintenance Technology curriculum is divided into three (3) parts: General, Airframe, and Powerplant. A student enrolling in this course of study must first enroll for the general curriculum. Upon completion of the general section, the student may elect to pursue the Airframe and/or Powerplant section.
Completion of the general curriculum qualifies the student for an Aviation General Certificate of Proficiency. Further successful completion of the Airframe and/or Powerplant courses satisfies FAA requirements of training and experience prior to testing for one or both of these ratings. Students are awarded technical certificates upon reaching the Airframe and/or Powerplant training milestones. Though not required for FAA certification, Arkansas State University Mid-South offers an AAS degree in this field. In order to qualify for the AAS degree, the student must complete the prescribed program of General, Airframe, and/or Powerplant sections, plus the additional General Education requirements.