Aviation Technician - Powerplant

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Program Information

  • Location: Oak Creek Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 31-486-2
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: October

About the Aviation Technician - Powerplant Diploma



MATC Aviation Center (422 East College Avenue), east of the Oak Creek Campus

This specialized, high-demand training program concentrates on aircraft engine and propeller systems. Program is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. (A companion technical diploma program in airframe maintenance also is offered.)

Aircraft propulsion mechanics remain in high demand.

You can earn the Aviation Maintenance Technician – General certificate on the way to completing this technical diploma.

Additional program details: You are required to attend a minimum of 400 hours of the General Aviation Technician component (offered each fall semester) prior to enrolling in either technical diploma program.

Students must maintain a 2.0 grade-point average in the general component to be eligible for the Airframe and Powerplant programs. To successfully complete either the Airframe or Powerplant program, you must attend 750 hours of the respective section, and you are required to pay for any missed class time.

A background in mathematics and the physical sciences is recommended. Keys to your success will be a high mechanical aptitude, the ability to pay attention to detail, and the ability to work efficiently under stress.



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Aviation Technician - Airframe

Get qualified to maintain aircraft electrical, instrument and power control systems. Program is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. A companion technical diploma program in powerplant maintenance also is offered.

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Aviation Maintenance Technician - General Cert (amt-G)

Complete this certificate certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and you will be prepared for entry-level work as a line service technician assisting certified aircraft mechanics and structural assemblers, or you could work in airfield ground support positions.

Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
AVITEC-323 Aircraft Ground Operation and Servicing ^ 3
AVITEC-380 Basic Physics ^ 1
AVITEC-381 Basic Electricity ^ 3
AVITEC-382 Aircraft Materials and Their Inspection ^ 3
AVITEC-383 Aircraft Maintenance Publications, Records and Mechanics Regulations ^ 1
AVITEC-393 Mathematics for Aviation Technicians ^ 2

Workplace Communication ^
(or) ENG-195 Written Communication ‡
AVITEC-302 Engine Fuel Metering Systems 2
AVITEC-303 Powerplant Electrical and Instrument Systems 5
AVITEC-304 Aircraft Induction and Supercharging Systems 1
AVITEC-306 Engine Lubricating Systems 2
AVITEC-315 Aircraft Reciprocating Engines 1 2
AVITEC-316 Aircraft Reciprocating Engines 2 ‡ 4
AVITEC-318 Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines 1 2
AVITEC-319 Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines 2 ‡ 5
AVITEC-360 Propeller Systems 2

‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Aviation Maintenance Technician – General certificate.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times and locations, visit the full course catalog (link).

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.


Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Events Calendar

Program Outcomes

  •  Read and comprehend aircraft maintenance manuals
  • Analyze and repair powerplant malfunctions
  • Maintain aircraft powerplant subsystems and determine their airworthiness

Career Outlook

The job outlook for aviation technicians is expanding, locally and nationally. Today’s complex aircraft and demanding requirements offer you a unique career challenge. Airframe and powerplant technicians can find positions with airlines, corporations and commuter lines.

Completion of both Aviation Technician technical diploma programs is recommended to enhance your employment potential. Many employers will require drug tests and a complete physical examination.

FAA Certified Aviation maintenance technician – powerplant certificate
Possible Careers

Aircraft Powerplant Maintenance Technician
Aircraft Powerplant Electrical System Technician
Aircraft Powerplant Component Overhaul Technician
Aircraft Powerplant Test Cell Technician
Aircraft Powerplant Line Maintenance Technician

Future Opportunities

Aviation technicians are licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Following graduation, you will be eligible to take the FAA-administered licensing exam, which includes written, practical and oral examinations in the general, powerplant, and airframe subject areas. FAA regulations require you to take the practical examination within two years after successful completion of the written portions of the examination.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the Aviation Technician General Component or instructor approval.

Background in mathematics and physical sciences recommended.



This program is certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; www.faa.gov
FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) CFR (Code of Federal
Regulations) Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Technician School.


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Last updated: 03/25/2024