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Aviation Maintenance-Power Plant

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    Certificate of Proficiency (CP)
  • Overview


    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 power plant training covers engines, electrical systems, propeller systems, fuel and fire systems plus inspections.

    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 Power Plant licensing exams from the Federal Aviation Administration. Licensed power plant mechanics are employed by airlines, manufacturers, repair stations and general aviation companies.

    Students attend classes full-time, five days per week. The general and Power Plant 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.

    Entrance requirements: A minimum score of 46 on the Compass Algebra domain or successful completion of MTH 030, Elementary Algebra (or higher) with a C or better. Students are required to submit to a background check prior to admission due to concurrent attendance with high school students.

  • Career Opportunities


    Job Resources

    • For information on the job outlook in the aviation maintenance profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
    • For specific real-time information on wages and job prospects in the STLCC region, visit STLCC Career Coach.
  • Program Curriculum


    Aviation Maintenance: Industrial (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–Power Plant Total: 21
    AVI:131 Power Plant Electrical Systems 1
    AVI:132 Ignition and Starting Systems 2
    AVI:133 Airflow, Exhaust, Librication and Engine Instruments 3
    AVI:134 Reciprocating Engines 4
    AVI:135 Propeller Systems 3
    AVI:136 Power Plant Fuel and Fire Protection Systems 3
    AVI:137 Turbine Engines 4
    AVI:138 Power Plant Inspections 1
  • Additional Information



    Classes for Aviation Maintenance – Power Plant 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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