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Airframe and Powerplant, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CF_AMAP
Control Number: 22392

This program provides students with the technical skills and systems analysis necessary for entry-level positions as Airframe and Powerplant Certificated Mechanics in the aviation industry, such as airframe inspection, powerplant inspection, maintenance, and return-to-flight status of all types of U.S. Certificated aircraft.

Trained technicians are also successful in related fields of aircraft manufacturing, electronics, hydraulics, pneumatics, welding, sheet metal, quality control, civil and military defense. Additionally, students who have followed this program may earn an engineering degree at any one of several four-year institutions.

Program Outcomes

  1. Have the necessary skills and training for proficiency in taking written, oral and practical exams for Airframe & Powerplant certification which may be required for employment.
  2. Be able to improve or develop additional proficiencies required for professional growth or advancement in their current employment. All qualification training and tests are prescribed and follow the guide of the Federal Aviation.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallUnits
AMT A150 General Maintenance Records - FAA 4
AMT A151 General Electricity - FAA 3
AMT A152 General Airframe & Powerplant Fuel Systems - FAA 2
AMT A153 General Materials, Processes & Welding - FAA 3
AMT A154 General Weight & Balance, Math & Physics - FAA 3
 Units15
Spring
AMT A160 Airframe & Powerplant Electricity - FAA 6
AMT A180 Airframe and Powerplant Instrumentation FAA 2.5
AMT A161 Airframe Sheet Metal & Composite Structural Repair - FAA 5.5
AMT A162 Airframe Assembly & Rigging, Pneumatics & Environmental Control Systems - FAA 3
AMT A181 Airframe Communication and Navigation Systems - FAA 2
AMT A155 General Blueprint Reading & Drafting - FAA 2
 Units21
Summer
AMT A163 Airframe Hydraulics and Landing Gear - FAA 4.5
 Units4.5
Year 2
Fall
AMT A170 Powerplant Reciprocating Engines FAA 6
AMT A171 Powerplant Fuel Metering, Exhaust & Induction Systems FAA 4
 Units10
Spring
AMT A174 Powerplant Ignition Systems - FAA 2.5
AMT A172 Powerplant Propeller and Lubricating Systems FAA 4
AMT A173 Powerplant Gas Turbine Engines - FAA 6
 Units12.5
 Total Units63

Program approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Completion of the above enables the student to take the FAA Airframe & Powerplant written examinations.