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Aircraft Maintenance (SOC CODE: 49-3011.00)

Job Description Overview

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Includes helicopter and aircraft engine specialists.

Related Careers

  • Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
  • Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers
  • Avionics Technicians
  • Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters
  • Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
  • Automotive Master Mechanics
  • Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics

Sample Job Duties

  • Examine and inspect aircraft components, including landing gear, hydraulic systems, and deicers to locate cracks, breaks, leaks, or other problems.
  • Conduct routine and special inspections as required by regulations.
  • Inspect completed work to certify that maintenance meets standards and that aircraft are ready for operation.
  • Read and interpret maintenance manuals, service bulletins, and other specifications to determine the feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components.
  • Maintain repair logs, documenting all preventive and corrective aircraft maintenance.
  • Modify aircraft structures, space vehicles, systems, or components, following drawings, schematics, charts, engineering orders, and technical publications.
  • Inspect airframes for wear or other defects.
  • Measure parts for wear, using precision instruments.
  • Examine engines through specially designed openings while working from ladders or scaffolds, or use hoists or lifts to remove the entire engine from an aircraft.
  • Check for corrosion, distortion, and invisible cracks in the fuselage, wings, and tail, using x-ray and magnetic inspection equipment.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Aircraft Powerplant Maintenance Technology: Day

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0982

      This program prepares students to enter employment as a certified powerplant technician in the aircraft maintenance industry. Training is given in the overhaul of various powerplants and their components. Completion of this program leads to an Associate in Science Degree or a Certificate. Excellent opportunities for employment exist in this area of training. Certain administrative, quality control, and flight personnel careers require the applicant to hold a valid A & P Certificate.

      This program offers a day or evening program option. The only difference between the two options is the course numbering and time required to complete the program. Day program courses AIRM 65A and AIRM 65B are equivalent to evening program courses AIRM 95A, AIRM 95B, AIRM 96A, AIRM 96B, AIRM 97A, AIRM 97B, AIRM 98A, and AIRM 98B . Day program courses AIRM 66A and AIRM 66B are equivalent to evening program courses AIRM 90A, AIRM 90B, AIRM 91A, AIRM 91B, AIRM 92A, AIRM 92B, AIRM 93A, and AIRM 93B.

      Successful completion of this program enables students to take the FAA examination in General and Powerplant. Passing the General Exam plus the Airframe and/or Powerplant Exam provides certification as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician which is required for employment in this field. Students desiring a Bachelor’s Degree (transfer program) should consult with an advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Core Courses
      AIRM 65AAircraft Powerplant Theory13
      AIRM 65BAircraft Powerplant Systems13
      AIRM 70AAircraft Maintenance Electricity and Electronics3
      AIRM 70BAircraft Maintenance Electricity and Electronics3
      AIRM 66AAircraft Airframe Maintenance Structures13
      AIRM 72Aircraft Materials and Processes1.5
      AIRM 73Aircraft Welding1.5
      Total Units48

      Recommended Electives 

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      AIRM 74Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Work Experience2
      AIRM 80Laboratory Studies in Aircraft Maintenance Technology0.5
      PHYS 1Physics4
       
    • Aircraft Powerplant Maintenance Technology: Evening

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0952

      This program prepares students to enter employment as a certified powerplant technician in the aircraft maintenance industry. Training is given in the overhaul of various powerplants and their components. Completion of this program leads to an Associate in Science Degree or a Certificate. Excellent opportunities for employment exist in this area of training. Certain administrative, quality control, and flight personnel careers require the applicant to hold a valid A & P Certificate.

      This program offers a day or evening program option. The only difference between the two options is the course numbering and time required to complete the program. Day program courses AIRM 65A and AIRM 65B are equivalent to evening program coursesAIRM 95A,AIRM 95B, AIRM 96A, AIRM 96B, AIRM 97A, AIRM 97B, AIRM 98A, and AIRM 98B. Day program courses AIRM 66A and AIRM 66B are equivalent to evening program courses AIRM 90A, AIRM 90B, AIRM 91A, AIRM 91B, AIRM 92A, AIRM 92B, AIRM 93A, and AIRM 93B.

      Successful completion of this program enables students to take the FAA examination in General and Powerplant. Passing the General Exam plus the Airframe and/or Powerplant Exam provides certification as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician which is required for employment in this field. Students desiring a Bachelor’s Degree (transfer program) should consult with an advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Core Courses
      AIRM 70AAircraft Maintenance Electricity and Electronics3
      AIRM 70BAircraft Maintenance Electricity and Electronics3
      AIRM 66AAircraft Airframe Maintenance Structures13
      AIRM 72Aircraft Materials and Processes1.5
      AIRM 73Aircraft Welding1.5
      AIRM 95AAircraft Powerplant Theory3
      AIRM 95BAircraft Powerplant Inspection & Maintenance3
      AIRM 96AAircraft Turbine Engines3
      AIRM 96BAircraft Propellers3
      AIRM 97AAircraft Power Plant Instrumentation3
      AIRM 97BAircraft Powerplant Fuel Systems3
      AIRM 98AAircraft Power Plant Ignition Systems3
      AIRM 98BAircraft Power Plant Lubricating Systems3
      Total Units46

       Recommended Electives

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      AIRM 74Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Work Experience2
      AIRM 80Laboratory Studies in Aircraft Maintenance Technology0.5
      PHYS 1Physics4
    • Airframe & Aircraft Powerplant Maintenance Tech: Day,AS

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S0911

      This program prepares students to enter employment as a certified airframe and powerplant technician in the aircraft maintenance industry. Training is given in the overhaul of various airframes and powerplants and their components. Completion of this program leads to an Associate in Science degree. Two state-awarded certificates are also available upon successful completion of this program - one certificate in Airframe Maintenance Technology and one certificate in Aircraft Powerplant Maintenance Technology. Excellent opportunities for employment exist in this area of training. Certain administrative, quality control, and flight personnel careers require the applicant to hold a valid A & P Certificate.

      This program offers a day or evening program option. The only difference between the two options is the course numbering and time required to complete the program. Day program courses AIRM 65A and AIRM 65B are equivalent to evening program coursesAIRM 95A, AIRM 95B, AIRM 96A, AIRM 96B, AIRM 97A, AIRM 97B, AIRM 98A, and AIRM 98B. Day program courses AIRM 66A and AIRM 66B are equivalent to evening program courses AIRM 90A, AIRM 90B, AIRM 91A, AIRM 91B,AIRM 92A, AIRM 92B, AIRM 93A, andAIRM 93B. The evening program courses are offered in 9-week modules.

      Successful completion of this program enables students to take the FAA examinations in Airframe, General, and Powerplant. Passing the General Exam plus the Airframe and/or Powerplant Exam provides certification as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, which is required for employment in this field. Students desiring a bachelor’s degree (transfer program) should consult with a counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      AIRM 65AAircraft Powerplant Theory13
      AIRM 65BAircraft Powerplant Systems13
      AIRM 66AAircraft Airframe Maintenance Structures13
      AIRM 66BAircraft Airframe Maintenance Systems13
      AIRM 70AAircraft Maintenance Electricity and Electronics3
      AIRM 70BAircraft Maintenance Electricity and Electronics3
      AIRM 72Aircraft Materials and Processes1.5
      AIRM 73Aircraft Welding1.5
      Total Units61

      Recommended Electives

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      AIRM 74Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Work Experience2
      AIRM 80Laboratory Studies in Aircraft Maintenance Technology0.5
      PHYS 1Physics4

      Aircraft Maintenance Website 

    • Airframe & Aircraft Powerplant Maintenance Tech: Evening,AS

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S0951

      This program prepares students to enter employment as a certified airframe and powerplant technician in the aircraft maintenance industry. Training is given in the overhaul of various airframes and powerplants and their components. Completion of this program leads to an Associate in Science degree. Two state-awarded certificates are also available upon successful completion of this program - one certificate in Airframe Maintenance Technology and one certificate in Aircraft Powerplant Maintenance Technology. Excellent opportunities for employment exist in this area of training. Certain administrative, quality control, and flight personnel careers require the applicant to hold a valid A & P Certificate.

      This program offers a day or evening program option. The only difference between the two options is the course numbering and time required to complete the program. Day program courses AIRM 65A and AIRM 65B are equivalent to evening program courses AIRM 95A, AIRM 95B, AIRM 96A, AIRM 96B, AIRM 97A, AIRM 97B, AIRM 98A, and AIRM 98B. Day program course AIRM 66A and AIRM 66B are equivalent to evening program courses AIRM 90A, AIRM 90B, AIRM 91A, AIRM 91B, AIRM 92A, AIRM 92B, AIRM 93A, and AIRM 93B. The evening program courses are offered in 9-week modules.

      Successful completion of this program enables students to take the FAA examinations in Airframe, General, and Powerplant. Passing the General Exam plus the Airframe and/or Powerplant Exam provides certification as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, which is required for employment in this field. Students desiring a bachelor’s degree (transfer program) should consult with a counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      AIRM 70AAircraft Maintenance Electricity and Electronics3
      AIRM 70BAircraft Maintenance Electricity and Electronics3
      AIRM 66AAircraft Airframe Maintenance Structures13
      AIRM 72Aircraft Materials and Processes1.5
      AIRM 73Aircraft Welding1.5
      AIRM 90AAirframe Theory3
      AIRM 90BAirframe Wood, Fabric, and Paint3
      AIRM 91AAirframe Aluminum Repair and Plastics3
      AIRM 91BAirframe Composites, Rigging, and Inspection3
      AIRM 92AAirframe Hydraulics and Pneumatics3
      AIRM 92BAirframe Fuel and Environmental Systems3
      AIRM 93AAirframe Warning and Fire Systems3
      AIRM 93BAircraft Communication, Navigation, Radar, and Autopilot Systems3
      AIRM 95AAircraft Powerplant Theory3
      AIRM 95BAircraft Powerplant Inspection & Maintenance3
      AIRM 96AAircraft Turbine Engines3
      AIRM 96BAircraft Propellers3
      AIRM 97AAircraft Power Plant Instrumentation3
      AIRM 97BAircraft Powerplant Fuel Systems3
      AIRM 98AAircraft Power Plant Ignition Systems3
      AIRM 98BAircraft Power Plant Lubricating Systems3
      Total Units70

      Recommended Electives 

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      AIRM 74Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Work Experience2
      AIRM 80Laboratory Studies in Aircraft Maintenance Technology0.5
      PHYS 1Physics4

      Aircraft Maintenance Website  

    • Airframe Maintenance Technology: Day

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0991

      This program prepares students to enter employment as a certified airframe technician in the aircraft maintenance industry. Training is given in the overhaul of various airframes and their components. Completion of this program leads to an Associate in Science Degree or a Certificate. Excellent opportunities for employment exist in this area of training. Certain administrative, quality control, and flight personnel careers require the applicant to hold a valid A & P Certificate.

      This program offers a day or evening program option. The only difference between the two options is the course numbering and time required to complete the program. Day program courses AIRM 66A and AIRM 66B are equivalent to evening program coursesAIRM 90A, AIRM 90B, AIRM 91A, AIRM 91B, AIRM 92A, AIRM 92B, AIRM 93A, and AIRM 93B.

      Successful completion of this program enables students to take the FAA examinations in Airframe and General. Passing the General Exam plus the Airframe and/or Powerplant Exam provides certification as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician which is required for employment in this field. Students desiring a Bachelor’s Degree (transfer program) should consult with an advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Core Courses
      AIRM 66AAircraft Airframe Maintenance Structures13
      AIRM 66BAircraft Airframe Maintenance Systems13
      AIRM 70AAircraft Maintenance Electricity and Electronics3
      AIRM 70BAircraft Maintenance Electricity and Electronics3
      AIRM 72Aircraft Materials and Processes1.5
      AIRM 73Aircraft Welding1.5
      Total Units35

      Recommended Electives 

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      AIRM 74Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Work Experience2
      AIRM 80Laboratory Studies in Aircraft Maintenance Technology0.5
      PHYS 1Physics4

      Aircraft Maintenance Website  

    • Airframe Maintenance Technology: Evening

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0981

      This program prepares students to enter employment as a certified airframe technician in the aircraft maintenance industry. Training is given in the overhaul of various airframes and their components. Completion of this program leads to an Associate in Science Degree or a Certificate. Excellent opportunities for employment exist in this area of training. Certain administrative, quality control, and flight personnel careers require the applicant to hold a valid A & P Certificate.

      This program offers a day or evening program option. The only difference between the two options is the course numbering and time required to complete the program. Day program courses AIRM 66A and AIRM 66B are equivalent to evening program courses AIRM 90A, AIRM 90B, AIRM 91A, AIRM 91B, AIRM 92A, AIRM 92B, AIRM 93A, andAIRM 93B.

      Successful completion of this program enables students to take the FAA examinations in Airframe and General. Passing the General Exam plus the Airframe and/or Powerplant Exam provides certification as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician which is required for employment in this field. Students desiring a Bachelor’s Degree (transfer program) should consult with an advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

       

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Core Courses
      AIRM 70AAircraft Maintenance Electricity and Electronics3
      AIRM 70BAircraft Maintenance Electricity and Electronics3
      AIRM 66AAircraft Airframe Maintenance Structures13
      AIRM 72Aircraft Materials and Processes1.5
      AIRM 73Aircraft Welding1.5
      AIRM 90AAirframe Theory3
      AIRM 90BAirframe Wood, Fabric, and Paint3
      AIRM 91AAirframe Aluminum Repair and Plastics3
      AIRM 91BAirframe Composites, Rigging, and Inspection3
      AIRM 92AAirframe Hydraulics and Pneumatics3
      AIRM 92BAirframe Fuel and Environmental Systems3
      AIRM 93AAirframe Warning and Fire Systems3
      AIRM 93BAircraft Communication, Navigation, Radar, and Autopilot Systems3
      Total Units46

      Recommended Electives

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      AIRM 74Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Work Experience2
      AIRM 80Laboratory Studies in Aircraft Maintenance Technology0.5
      PHYS 1Physics4

      Aircraft Maintenance Website