Aviation Maintenance-Airframe

Certificate of Proficiency (CP)

Aviation Maintenance: Airframe is no longer being offered to new students. Students currently enrolled in the program will be advised on how to complete the program in a timely manner.


Aviation maintenance includes a wide range of work duties performed on various kinds of aircraft, including helicopters. Aircraft mechanics and technicians diagnose, adjust, repair or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies including hydraulic and pneumatic systems. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifies aviation maintenance technician schools and graduates of these schools are allowed to take the written, oral and practical tests for an Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) license issued by the FAA.

The airframe curriculum covers repairs, maintenance, inspection and alterations of the airframe structure, landing gear systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems and other non-engine/propulsion systems.

This program prepares students for employment in aircraft maintenance and repair.

This FAA approved curriculum is offered in cooperation with the St. Louis Public School System and prepares students for both the General and Airframe licensing exams from the Federal Aviation Administration. Licensed airframe mechanics are employed by airlines, manufacturers, repair stations and general aviation companies.

Students attend classes full-time, five days per week. The general and airframe coursework is completed in one school year.

If aviation and mechanical repair are your passions, then this course of study will help your career
take flight.

These FAA certified programs are offered in conjunction with the Gateway STEM High School near Kingshighway and Highway 44 where STLCC students attend classes alongside St. Louis Public School students for the general and airframe portions of the curriculum.

Entrance requirements: A minimum score of 46 on the Accuplacer placement algebra domain or successful completion of MTH 030, Elementary Algebra (or higher) with a C or better. Students are required to pay for and submit a background check prior to registering for classes due to concurrent attendance with high school students. Check with an advisor or the program coordinator for instructions.


Job Resources

Gainful Employment Data (CP)
divider-facultyKevin Hammon
Program Coordinator
E-mail: khammon@stlcc.edu


Aviation Maintenance: Airframe (CP) 33 Credits

Program Total Credits 33
General Aviation Core Total: 12
AVI:101 General Mechanics, Drawings and Safety 2
AVI:102 Basic Electricity for Aviation Technicians 2
AVI:103 Structural Materials and Corrosion Control 2
AVI:104 Federal Regulations and Ground Operations 2
AVI:105 Basic Physics for Aviation 2
AVI:106 Quantitative Applications 2
Area of Concentration–Airframe Total: 21
AVI:121 Aircraft Non-Metallic Structures and Finishes 2
AVI:122 Aviation Welding 2
AVI:123 Airframe Fuel Systems and Fire Detection 1
AVI:124 Aircraft Metallic Structures 4
AVI:125 Aircraft Fluid and Pneumatic Power Systems 2
AVI:126 Rigging, Inspection, Cabin Environment, Ice and Rain 3
AVI:127 Communication and Navigation Systems 3
AVI:128 Aircraft Electrical Systems 4



Classes for Aviation Maintenance – Airframe are offered at Gateway STEM High School. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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