Academic Catalog

Powerplant Technician Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 5 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
None.

 

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.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
AMT 104Basic Mathematics, Basic Physics, and Weight & Balance5
AMT 109Basic Electricity4
AMT 116Aircraft Drawings, Cleaning & Corrosion Control, Ground Operations & Servicing, and Fluid Lines & Fittings5
AMT 119Materials & Processes5
AMT 125Advanced Electricity4
AMT 127Maintenance Forms & Records, Publications, and Mechanics Privileges & Limitations4
AMT 142Hangar Operations & Maintenance3
AMT 144Engine Electrical Systems5
AMT 217FAA Testing & Turbine Engines7
AMT 219Engine Lubrication Systems4
AMT 221Engine Instrument Systems4
AMT 224Powerplant Reciprocating Engine Theory6
AMT 225Powerplant Maintenance & Operation6
AMT 226Engine Fuel System & Fire Protection1
AMT 228Engine Fuel & Metering Systems5
AMT 229CAPPropellers & FAA Final Testing4
AMT 231Engine Inspection4
AMT 233Engine Ignition & Starting Systems4
AMT 235Induction, Airflow, Cooling & Exhaust Systems3
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
 Technical Credits98

Basic Mathematics, Basic Physics, and Weight & Balance

Item #
AMT 104
Total Credits
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.

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Basic Electricity

Item #
AMT 109
Total Credits
4

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. 

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Aircraft Drawings, Cleaning & Corrosion Control, Ground Operations & Servicing, and Fluid Lines & Fittings

Item #
AMT 116
Total Credits
5

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.

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Materials & Processes

Item #
AMT 119
Total Credits
5

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. 

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Advanced Electricity

Item #
AMT 125
Total Credits
4

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.

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Maintenance Forms & Records, Publications, and Mechanics Privileges & Limitations

Item #
AMT 127
Total Credits
4

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. 

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Hangar Operations & Maintenance

Item #
AMT 142
Total Credits
3

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.

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Engine Electrical Systems

Item #
AMT 144
Total Credits
5

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. 

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FAA Testing & Turbine Engines

Item #
AMT 217
Total Credits
7

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.

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Engine Lubrication Systems

Item #
AMT 219
Total Credits
4

Covers the components and the operation of engine lubrication systems. Introduction to the requirements and characteristics of engine lubricants and lubrication systems. 

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Engine Instrument Systems

Item #
AMT 221
Total Credits
4

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. 

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Powerplant Reciprocating Engine Theory

Item #
AMT 224
Total Credits
6

Covers the history of aircraft engines, principles of energy transformation, theory of operation, engine requirements and configuration, and overhaul of horizontally opposed engines. 

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Powerplant Maintenance & Operation

Item #
AMT 225
Total Credits
6

Powerplant maintenance and operation consists of theory of operation; engine requirements, configuration and installation; and troubleshooting and removal of horizontally opposed engines.

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Engine Fuel System & Fire Protection

Item #
AMT 226
Total Credits
1

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. 

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Engine Fuel & Metering Systems

Item #
AMT 228
Total Credits
5

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. 

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Propellers & FAA Final Testing

Item #
AMT 229CAP
Total Credits
4

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.

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Engine Inspection

Item #
AMT 231
Total Credits
4

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. 

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Engine Ignition & Starting Systems

Item #
AMT 233
Total Credits
4

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. 

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Induction, Airflow, Cooling & Exhaust Systems

Item #
AMT 235
Total Credits
3

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. 

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English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking

Total Credits
5
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Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
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General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)

Total Credits
5
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