Career Description

After completing the Aviation Airframe Certificate and successfully passing the FAA exams, students are prepared to enter the aviation workforce as an Aircraft Airframe Structures and Systems Technician. This would typically include repair responsibilities with an MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) facility. These duties could include working with electronics and avionics, structural systems in sheet metal and composites, along with hydraulic and pneumatic systems not associated with the powerplant systems of an aircraft.

Course of Study

Completion of the Aviation Airframe Certificate adequately prepares students to test for the Airframe portion of the FAA exam. Since full certification in the field of Aviation Maintenance requires passing multiple FAA exams, CGCC has structured its curriculum in a manner which allows students the opportunity to sit for the respective exam after completion of each certificate. This allows students to prepare more efficiently for exams, with the intended result of higher pass rates among students overall. After completion of both the Airframe and Powerplant certificates, students will have completed the two-year certificate and have the option to take additional general education courses to complete the AAS degree.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Service, maintain, troubleshoot and repair airframe structures, systems and components.
  • Perform proficient, entry-level aviation maintenance on aircraft systems, including landing gear systems, instrument and navigation systems, fuel systems and aircraft electrical systems.
  • Apply knowledge of FAA regulations and industry standards.
  • Think critically, problem solve, and communicate effectively.
  • Apply math and physics principles in solving problems associated with aviation maintenance.
  • Work effectively in a team and/or group setting.
  • Sit for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification exam (written, oral and practical) for airframe.