Aviation Maintenance: Powerplant 1

Course Number: AMT 271
Transcript Title: AM: Powerplant 1
Created: March 24, 2021
Updated: March 24, 2021
Total Credits: 6
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 132
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Prerequisites

Course Description

Introduces the theory of operation and construction of the internal combustion engine. Examines the combustion processes, design rationale, cooling and lubrication of internal combustion of reciprocating engines. Prerequisite: AMT 195. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Apply knowledge of construction and operation to the maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of aircraft reciprocating engines.
  2. Overhaul an aircraft reciprocating engine, implementing the complete inspection of each component for compliance with appropriate regulations and airworthiness standards.
  3. Inspect and troubleshoot engine installations.
  4. Implement the proper use of precision measuring tools during the overhaul process of an aircraft reciprocating engine.
  5. Identify, analyze and apply strategies for the research of all current manufacturer service information, and other airworthiness requirements including airworthiness directives, prior to the maintenance, repair or overhaul of aircraft reciprocating engines.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluations by exams, quizzes and lab work.

Texts and Materials

Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook, Federal Aviation Administration; Introduction to Aircraft Maintenance, 3rd Edition, Avotek

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Outcome #1: Apply knowledge of construction and operation to the maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of aircraft reciprocating engines.
  • Inspect and repair a reciprocating engine
  • Understand construction characteristics of crankshaft and rod assembly
  • Analyze operation of thrust bearings and crankshaft bearings
  • Classify reciprocating engines and firing orders
Outcome #2: Overhaul an aircraft reciprocating engine, implementing the complete inspection of each component for compliance with appropriate regulations and airworthiness standards.
  • Grind and reface valves and valve seats
  • Purpose of choke or taper-ground cylinders
  • Indications of failed engine bearings
  • Repair scored pistons.
Outcome #3: Inspect and troubleshoot engine installations.
  • Check engine valve clearances
  • Perform compression check
  • Test operation of ignition system
  • Identify operating indications of a worn or weak engine.
Outcome #4: Implement the proper use of precision measuring tools during the overhaul process of an aircraft reciprocating engine.
  • Measure inside diameter, taper and out-of-round of cylinder
  • Check valve stem stretch
  • Install and time magneto
  • Repair a scored aluminum piston
Outcome #5: Identify, analyze and apply strategies for applying the research of all current manufacturer service information, and other airworthiness requirements including airworthiness directives, prior to the maintenance, repair or overhaul of aircraft reciprocating engines.
  • Identify manufacturer engine service resources
  • Research FAA airworthiness requirements
  • Read and interpret service information and airworthiness requirements for application