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Powerplant, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CT_AMPP

Control Number: 22394

Financial Aid Eligible


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. This certificate would enable a student to achieve employment in local powerplant and propeller overhaul facilities and repair stations.

Program Outcomes

  1. Have the necessary skills and training for proficiency in taking written, oral and practical exams for 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 of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  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.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  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 their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Course Title Units
Required Courses
AMT A150General Maintenance Records - FAA4
AMT A151General Electricity - FAA3
AMT A152General Airframe & Powerplant Fuel Systems - FAA2
AMT A153General Materials, Processes & Welding - FAA3
AMT A154General Weight & Balance, Math & Physics - FAA3
AMT A155General Blueprint Reading & Drafting - FAA2
AMT A170Powerplant Reciprocating Engines FAA6
AMT A171Powerplant Fuel Metering, Exhaust & Induction Systems FAA4
AMT A172Powerplant Propeller and Lubricating Systems FAA4
AMT A173Powerplant Gas Turbine Engines - FAA6
AMT A174Powerplant Ignition Systems - FAA2.5
AMT A180Airframe and Powerplant Instrumentation FAA2.5
Total Units42

Program approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Completion of the above enables the student to take the FAA Powerplant written examination.

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing. 

Some courses in this program may be offered once per academic year. 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
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
Semester 2
AMT A174 Powerplant Ignition Systems - FAA 2.5
AMT A170 Powerplant Reciprocating Engines FAA 6
AMT A171 Powerplant Fuel Metering, Exhaust & Induction Systems FAA 4
 Units12.5
Intersession
AMT A155 General Blueprint Reading & Drafting - FAA 2
AMT A180 Airframe and Powerplant Instrumentation FAA 2.5
 Units4.5
Year 2
Semester 1
AMT A172 Powerplant Propeller and Lubricating Systems FAA 4
AMT A173 Powerplant Gas Turbine Engines - FAA 6
 Units10
 Total Units42