This FAA-approved program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the aviation engine maintenance industry. Graduates will meet FAA requirements for the issuance of a powerplant certificate. Aviation maintenance technicians are qualified to perform service or make repairs on all types and sizes of private and commercial aircraft propulsion systems. Related fields include aircraft and component manufacturing. Students are eligible for FAA certification upon completion of required technical credits.
Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.
Note: Graduates must meet FAA literacy requirements and complete technical credits for FAA certification.
Note: Transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated by the Aviation Maintenance staff in accordance with FAR Part 147 to determine their qualification and placement in any of the Aviation Maintenance Technician programs.
Employability Requirements: Graduates must meet Federal Aviation Administration certification exams and pass literacy requirements.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|AMT 104||Basic Mathematics, Basic Physics, and Weight & Balance||5|
|AMT 109||Basic Electricity||4|
|AMT 116||Aircraft Drawings, Cleaning & Corrosion Control, Ground Operations & Servicing, and Fluid Lines & Fittings||5|
|AMT 119||Materials & Processes||5|
|AMT 125||Advanced Electricity||4|
|AMT 127||Maintenance Forms & Records, Publications, and Mechanics Privileges & Limitations||4|
|AMT 142||Hangar Operations & Maintenance||3|
|AMT 144||Engine Electrical Systems||5|
|AMT 217||FAA Testing & Turbine Engines||7|
|AMT 219||Engine Lubrication Systems||4|
|AMT 221||Engine Instrument Systems||4|
|AMT 224||Powerplant Reciprocating Engine Theory||6|
|AMT 225||Powerplant Maintenance & Operation||6|
|AMT 226||Engine Fuel System & Fire Protection||1|
|AMT 228||Engine Fuel & Metering Systems||5|
|AMT 229CAP||Propellers & FAA Final Testing||4|
|AMT 231||Engine Inspection||4|
|AMT 233||Engine Ignition & Starting Systems||4|
|AMT 235||Induction, Airflow, Cooling & Exhaust Systems||3|
|English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking||5|
|Any 100-Level Math Class||5|
|General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)||5|
Perform all of the mathematical computations required in the Aviation Maintenance Technician curriculum. Understand the scientific principles that apply to the operation of aircraft, engines and the equipment that aviation maintenance technicians are in daily contact with. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the importance of weight and balance to aircraft safety, and make all of the required calculations for weight and balance checks, equipment changes, extreme loading checks, and the addition of ballast.
Covers direct-current circuits, series, and parallel-circuit arrangements and their application. Includes the relationship between voltage, current, resistance and power. Students will calculate and measure these values and understand the operation of the multimeter and its use in troubleshooting.
Sketch aircraft repairs and alterations and understand information presented on typical aircraft blueprints, graphs and charts. Recognize types of corrosion and know their causes, identify and use the proper materials and processes to remove corrosion byproducts, treat corroded areas, and apply proper protection. Gain a thorough understanding of the importance of safe ground handling procedures, aircraft movement, and storage, and identify aviation fuels. Identify fluid line components, fabricate rigid and flexible fluid lines, and properly install fluid lines on aircraft.
Learn about identification and selection of non-destructive testing methods, dye-penetrant, eddy current, ultra-sound, and magnetic particle inspections, as well as basic heat-treated processes, aircraft hardware and materials. Inspect and check welds. Perform precision measurements.
Understand the effect of resistance, capacitance, and inductance in AC circuits, and understand transformers. Learn about basic semi-conductor devices (diodes and transistors), and be able to explain their function in simple circuits.
Use maintenance records and entries, maintenance forms, and inspection reports. Requires reading, comprehension, and application of information from the FAA and manufacturer’s maintenance specifications, data sheets, manuals, publications, related FAA regulations, airworthiness directives, and advisory material. Apply mechanic privileges within the limitations prescribed by FAR Part 65.
Perform maintenance on items of shop equipment used in the day-to-day operation of the aircraft maintenance hangar, calibrate precision tools as needed, and assist in repair station operations. Note: Offered winter quarter. Not FAA approved.
Develop an understanding of the operation of generators, alternators, DC motors, and AC motors, and their repair and overhaul. Learn the special requirements of electrical components operating in high-temperature areas and how to install wiring, controls, switches, and indicators, and to protect them from the effects of high temperatures.
Covers preparation for and completion of FAA certification examinations. FAA written examinations are accomplished outside of CPTC at an FAA Designated Written Examination Center. After successful completion of written examinations, students must pass an oral and practical examination administered by an FAA Designated Maintenance Examiner. Students are charged a fee for these examinations. Note: Fees for these examinations are not included in the college tuition or lab fees. The remaining 120 hours of training concentrate on turbine engines, including their history, different types, the theory of operation of turbine engines, the Brayton cycle, Bernoulli’s theory, and turbine engine air-flow characteristics. Learn the theory of operation of different types of compressors, combustion chambers, turbines and turbine stator vanes (nozzles). Learn the exhaust sections maintenance of turbine engines, including turbine engine removal, overhaul, inspection, and repair procedures. Learn to install turbine engines; make adjustments; troubleshoot; test and check run procedures; and become familiar with regulations, publications, and records for turbine engines.
Covers the components and the operation of engine lubrication systems. Introduction to the requirements and characteristics of engine lubricants and lubrication systems.
Covers the theory and principles of operation of electrical and mechanical fluid rate of flow indicating systems. Covers electrical and mechanical temperature, pressure and RPM-indicating systems.
Covers the history of aircraft engines, principles of energy transformation, theory of operation, engine requirements and configuration, and overhaul of horizontally opposed engines.
Powerplant maintenance and operation consists of theory of operation; engine requirements, configuration and installation; and troubleshooting and removal of horizontally opposed engines.
Fuel systems and fire protection consists of transformation of energy, chemistry of combustion, and thermal efficiency of fuel-air mixtures. Fire protection covers the components and the operation of fire-detection and extinguishing equipment.
Fuel metering consists of the principles of fuel metering for float carbs, pressure carb, fuel injection, anti-detonation injection, turbine fuel controls and electronic engine-fuel controls.
Consists of the theory of operation and nomenclature; propeller controls and instrumentation; fixed pitch, controllable pitch, constant speed, and feathering propellers; governors, anti-ice, phasing, and synchronization systems; and inspection, maintenance, and repairs to propellers and related systems, including familiarization with unducted fan engines. At the end of the course six hours are devoted to preparation for FAA certification examinations. FAA written examinations are taken at an FAA Designated Written Examination Center. After successful completion of written examinations, students must pass an Oral and Practical Examination administered by an FAA Designated Mechanics Examiner. Students are charged a fee for these examinations administered by FAA designated examiners and centers. Fees for theses examinations are not included in the college tuition or lab fees systems.
Engine inspection consists of detailed work with FAA regulations, types of inspections, conformance to type certificate data sheets and major alterations, airworthiness directives, and maintenance record entries.
Covers the operation, maintenance, and overhaul of magnetos and ignition; harnesses; the inspection, servicing, troubleshooting, and repair of reciprocating and turbine engine ignition system; and components and turbine engine electrical and pneumatic starting systems.
Learn about the maintenance of carburetors and fuel-injected, naturally aspirated, turbo-charged and super-charged induction systems. Learn about maintenance of ice and rain control systems as well as principles of air-cooled engines and problems that can occur with an air-cooled engine. Study the history, development and function of exhaust systems. Students will describe, inspect, maintain, troubleshoot and repair components of exhaust systems. Learn operation principles of turbine-engine reversing systems and power recovery turbines.
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5|
|ENG 102||Composition: Argumentation & Research||5|
|ENG 104||Business Writing||5|
|ENGL& 235||Technical Writing||5|
|CMST& 220||Public Speaking||5|
|MAT 103||Business Mathematics||5|
|MAT 104||Introductory Computer Mathematics||5|
|MAT 105||Mathematics for Industrial Professionals||5|
|MAT 106||Math for Electronics||5|
|MAT 108||Math for Health Occupations||5|
|MAT 110||Math for Non-Science Majors||5|
|MATH& 141||Precalculus I||5|
|MATH& 142||Precalculus II, Functional Trigonometry||5|
|MATH& 146||Introduction to Stats||5|
|MATH& 151||Calculus I||5|
|MATH& 152||Calculus II||5|
|PSYC& 100DIV||General Psychology||5|