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Aviation Powerplant Maintenance Technology AVIAP.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 67 Credit Hours

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Aviation Technology
Effective as of Fall 2016

What is the program about?

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Powerplant Maintenance and provides the knowledge and skills to successfully pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written, oral, and practical examinations required by the FAA for certification as a powerplant maintenance technician. The training and knowledge the student receives from the General Aviation Maintenance and the Powerplant Aviation Maintenance certificate programs funnels directly into this degree program. The FAA certifications and this degree will allow the student to continue towards a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Science (or related field), or to begin a career as an aviation powerplant maintenance technician.This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the composition of materials, forming of metallic and non-metallic structures used in aircraft construction, repair, materials and processes, corrosion control, inspection methods of those materials, and proper rigging.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and operation of aircraft electrical power production and distribution systems; basic knowledge of wiring diagrams, load analysis/math, repair, and troubleshooting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the operation, inspection, troubleshooting, repair, safety systems, electrical systems, installation of turbine engines, components, and documentation.
  • Demonstrate the inspection and overhaul of propeller and component systems for reciprocating engines.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the materials, parts, and processes of the reciprocating engine in developing power, components of the reciprocating engines and their preventive maintenance, maintenance and airworthiness inspections.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of federal and international regulations governing aircraft maintenance and documentation requirements as they relate to each area of expertise, weight and balance requirements, and ground operations and servicing of the aircraft.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the required operation before overhaul, teardown, buildup, overhaul, inspection, installation of turbine engine or components, and documentation.

Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects "favorable future job opportunities” over the long term as older mechanics and technicians retire. Maintenance Repair Organizations (M.R.O.’s) are contracting for the work that airlines used to do in house. Many of the M.R.O.’s are in need of maintenance technicians. Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company recently predicted 1,000,000 more jobs in aviation in the next 15 years. Airbus of Europe has predicted about 800,000 more jobs in the next 15-20 years. Both predictions are based on anticipated growth in aircraft production and flying passengers. Many mechanics will reach retirement age in the next three years as a result of an interruption of current certificates issued by the FAA. More jet aircraft means more need for mechanics. The general aviation sector already has a shortage of certificated mechanics.


Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


The FAA Powerplant certificate is one of the basic requirements for an aviation maintenance technician to maintain US registered aircraft in an airworthy condition. The mechanic is a vital part of a critical safety system for the flying public.


Course Title Credits
AVT 1113 Drawings for Aviation 3
AVT 1116 Regulations for Maintenance 3
AVT 1118 Weight & Balance 3
AVT 1128 Powerplant Safety Systems 3
AVT 1131 Basic Aviation Electricity 3
AVT 1135 Materials & Processes 4
AVT 1213 Corrosion 3
AVT 2122 Ignition & Starting 4
AVT 2126 Reciprocating Engines 7
AVT 2129 Propellers 4
AVT 2138 Engine Fuel & Fuel Metering 3
AVT 2139 Induction/Exhaust/Cooling 2
AVT 2143 Review & Recommendation 2
AVT 2219 Turbine Engines 4
AVT 2237 Aircraft Inspections 3
COM 2211 Effective Public Speaking 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
MAT 1110 Math for Technologists 3
MET 1131 Personal Computer Applications for Engineering Technology 1
PHY 1106 Physics for Technology 3
PHY 1107 Lab for Physics for Technology 0
Ohio Transfer 36: Arts & Humanities Elective 3
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Program Accreditation Information

The programs General and Powerplant certificates are approved by the FAA under air agency certificate XSCT086K.

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.