New Aviation Maintenance Credit Certificate Program

By on April 8, 2014
New Aviation Maintenance Credit Certificate Program

Let your future take flight with St. Louis Community College’s new Aviation Maintenance Program. The program offers two Certificates of Proficiency: Aviation Maintenance Airframe and Aviation Maintenance Power Plant.

St. Louis is considered an aviation hub for many businesses. Aviation companies of all types are making their home in St. Louis and they need licensed A&P mechanics who are interested in employment by airlines, manufacturers, repair stations and general aviation companies.

Aircraft mechanics and technicians diagnose, adjust, repair or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies including hydraulic and pneumatic systems. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifies aviation maintenance technician schools and graduates of these schools are allowed to take the written, oral and practical tests for an Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) license used by the FAA.

Regional data indicates that over 1,500 aircraft maintenance and service technicians are employed in the St. Louis region with 29% of them within ten years of retirement. In addition these aviation positions garner a high wage. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of an aircraft mechanic was $54,000 in 2010.

If aviation and mechanical repair are among your passions, then these new certificate programs will help your career take flight.


The Certificate of Proficiency for both the Airframe and Power Plant require 12 general education credits and 21 program concentration credits for a total of 33 credit hours.

The 12 hours of general education required includes:

  • General mechanics, drawings and safety
  • Basic electricity for aviation technicians
  • Structural materials and corrosion control
  • Federal regulations and ground operations
  • Basic physics for aviation
  • Quantitative applications

Students selecting the airframe concentration will earn 21 credit hours in:

  • Aircraft non-metallic structure and finishes
  • Aviation welding
  • Airframe fuel systems and fire detection
  • Aircraft metallic structures
  • Aircraft fluid and pneumatic power systems
  • Rigging, inspection, cabin environment, ice and rain
  • Communications and navigation systems
  • Aircraft electrical systems

Students selecting the power plant concentration will earn 21 credit hours in:

  • Power plant electrical systems
  • Ignition and starting systems
  • Airflow, exhaust and engine instruments
  • Reciprocating engines
  • Propeller systems
  • Power plant fuel and fire protection systems
  • Turbine engines
  • Power plant inspections

Program Details-Schedule, Location

The Aviation Maintenance credit program at St. Louis Community College includes two Certificates of Proficiency: Aviation Maintenance-Airframe and Aviation Maintenance Power Plant.

Students enrolling in these programs will attend classes full-time, five days a week. The general and airframe coursework is usually completed in one calendar school year. The power plant curriculum is designed to be completed in the second school year in less than eight months, typically immediately following the completion of the airframe curriculum.

This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified programs are offered in conjunction with the Gateway STEM High School, where STLCC students attend classes alongside St. Louis Public School students for the general and airframe portions of the curriculum.

The Aviation Maintenance-Power Plant program concentrates on all aspects of engines, fire protection systems and more.

Students may select to earn one certificate or both.

Entrance Requirements

A minimum score of 46 on the COMPASS algebra domain or successful completion of MTH 030, elementary algebra (or higher) with a C or better is required to enroll in these programs. Students are also required to submit to a background check prior to admission due to concurrent attendance with high school students.

Course Fees

Until May 2016 these certificate programs are made possible by a grant through the Mississippi River Transportation Distribution & Logistics (MRTDL) consortium of nine community colleges located along the Mississippi river. The funding for the consortium’s efforts is available through the U.S. Department of labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program.

Grant funds cover maintenance fees (tuition) for students that meet all eligibility requirements and are accepted into the program. Students may be responsible for any instructional tools and equipment not covered under the grant.

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Contact for More Information

For more information about these certificate programs, contact Becky Epps at 314-513-4271.

About Shayna Howell

Shayna was the Client Development Manager in the Workforce Solutions Group of St Louis Community College. She has over 20 years of experience in the Community College system in training and development, project management, program/course development, grant writing/administration and marketing.

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