Career Description

After completing the Aviation Powerplant certificate and successfully passing the respective FAA exams, students are prepared to enter the aviation workforce as an aircraft powerplant technician and find career opportunities with a MRO (Maintenance/Repair/Overhaul) facility. Duties would typically include engine overhaul and repair, including reciprocating and/or gas turbine systems, working as a Test Cell technician in testing and repairing overhauled engines and their system components such as, fuel metering systems, pneumatic/bleed air system control components. Students are limited by their interface with the airframe systems of the aircraft.

Course of Study

Completion of the Aviation Powerplant certificate adequately prepares students to test for this 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 Powerplant and Airframe 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 powerplant systems and components.
  • Perform proficient, entry-level aviation maintenance skills on powerplant systems, including engine electrical and instrument systems, lubrication systems, ignition and starting systems, propellers, and fire protection 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 powerplant.