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Sinclair College

General Aviation Maintenance GAM.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 24 Credit Hours

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Aviation Technology
Effective as of Fall 2012

What is the program about?

The General Aviation Maintenance certificate provides the knowledge and skills required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the airframe and powerplant maintenance technician student. Students will learn to apply mathematics and physics, read and interpret aircraft drawings, conduct ground operations and servicing of aircraft, interpret maintenance publications, interpret FAA regulations, make correct and legal aircraft record entries, perform weight and balance calculations, understand basic electricity, understand makeup of materials used in aircraft manufacture, understand aircraft fasteners, inspect welds, inspect for aircraft deterioration (corrosion) and understand and perform aircraft repair methods.

Program Outcomes

  • Explain federal and international regulation governing aircraft maintenance and documentation requirements as they related to each area of expertise; weight and balance requirements; and ground operations and servicing of the aircraft.
  • Inspect, repair, service and operate critical safety and utility systems of the aircraft.
  • Discuss the composition of materials, forming of metallic and non-metallic structures used in aircraft construction, materials and processes, corrosion, and the methods of inspecting those materials.
  • Describe aircraft electrical power production, distribution, wiring, load analysis, isolation, math and aircraft drawings.

Career Opportunities

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.


The Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate is the basic requirement for any aviation maintenance technician to maintain U.S. registered aircraft in an airworthy condition. The mechanic is a vital part of safety 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 1131 Basic Aviation Electricity 3
AVT 1135 Materials & Processes 4
AVT 1213 Corrosion 3
AVT 2143 Review & Recommendation 2
AVT 2237 Aircraft Inspections 3
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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.