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Florida Coast Career Tech    
2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] 
  Apr 02, 2020
2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] [Archived Catalog]

Aircraft Powerplant Mechanics (5734)

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Workforce Certificate

A Selective Admission Program

This FAA-approved program prepares you for a rewarding career in the general or commercial segment of the aviation industry. Instruction is comprised of academic as well as laboratory training designed to prepare you for the written, oral and practical testing process required for certification as an FAA mechanic. With this rating you will be qualified for positions as an Aviation Maintenance Technician with the FAA Powerplant Rating. Note: It is recommended that students pursue both the Airframe and Powerplant ratings for maximum employment potential.

FAA certified maintenance technicians have the important responsibility of keeping aircraft powerplants and their related equipment working safely and efficiently. They service, repair, and overhaul various aircraft components and systems including piston engines, turbine engines, propellers, fuel metering systems and start and ignition systems. Aviation Maintenance Technicians employed by the airlines perform either line maintenance work (for example, routine maintenance, servicing, or emergency repairs at airline terminals) or major repairs and periodic inspections at an airline’s overhaul facility. Aviation Maintenance Technicians in general aviation perform maintenance and repairs similar to those performed by airline mechanics, but they may work on small piston-engine or medium sized turbine-powered aircraft, depending on the specialty of the business where employed.

Application Procedure

All students are required to take the TABE exams prior to enrolling in this program unless you currently possess an A.A., A.S. or bachelor’s degree.

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student’s completion of the program. Students who fail to meet the State of Florida’s designated exit score will be required to complete the Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI). In order to complete the program successfully, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s). See the Standards of Academic Progress. 

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Total Contact Hours: 1,440
Total Workforce Credits: 48.00

Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI)

Students who have satisfactory test scores are not required to take the following courses:

Professional Courses


*General courses are identical between Airframe and Powerplant programs of study and only need to be completed once for both programs.

Student hand tools are required for this program and may be purchased through the college bookstore. Students may provide their own tools but must provide the minimum required tools as a condition of enrollment. For more information, refer to the student tools list (PDF).

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