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Certificate Programs for Aviation Maintenance Technology

Clover Park Technical College

Aviation Maintenance: Airframe Maintenance Technician - Lakewood, WA
Certificate / 104 Credits
Valerie Sundby-Thorp - 253-589-6090 - valerie.sundby-thorp@cptc.edu
Ending: 08/29/14 (Capacity = 18)

Program Description

Graduates will meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements for the issuance of an Airframe certificate. Aviation maintenance technicians are qualified to perform service or make repairs on all types and sizes of private and commercial aircraft, including airplanes and helicopters. Related fields include aircraft and component manufacturing. Students are eligible for FAA certification upon completion of required technical credits. Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities upon which technical skills are built and personal development enhanced.

Program Skill Sets

  1. Prepare for the FAA Airframe certification and to be technically competent in Airframe Maintenance.
  2. Develop the skills and experience necessary to secure employment including development of documents and skills necessary for job search.

Clover Park Technical College

Aviation Maintenance: Powerplant Maintenance Technician - Lakewood, WA
Certificate / 98 Credits
Valerie Sundby-Thorp - 253-589-6090 - valerie.sundby-thorp@cptc.edu
Ending: 08/29/14 (Capacity = 18)

Program Description

Graduates will meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements for the issuance of a Powerplant certificate. Aviation maintenance technicians are qualified to perform service or make repairs on all types and sizes of private and commercial aircraft propulsion systems. Related fields include aircraft and component manufacturing. Students are eligible for FAA certification upon completion of required technical credits. Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities upon which technical skills are built and personal development enhanced.

Program Skill Sets

  1. Prepare for the FAA Powerplant certification and to be technically competent in Powerplant Maintenance.
  2. Develop the skills and experience necessary to secure employment including development of documents and skills necessary for job search. 

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Electronics Technology - Electronics Technician - Kirkland, WA
Certificate of Proficiency / 85 Credits
Joe Gryniuk - 425-739-8343
Ending: 03/26/14, 06/25/14 (Capacity = 24)

Program Description

Electronics Technician certificate students develop a basic core of electronics skills and are eligible to take the Associate Certified Electronics Technician examination. Graduates are qualified for entry-level positions as testers, maintenance technicians, service laboratory technicians, and satellite up-link or down-link technicians, cable TV installers, and service telecommunications technicians.

Program Skill Sets

Electronics Technician certificate graduates will:

  1. Be prepared to obtain entry-level positions as Electronics Technicians, Installers, Assemblers and Troubleshooters.
  2. Be prepared with the skills to perform standard workplace functions with minimal supervision.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Electronics Technology: Electronics Manufacturing Specialist - Kirkland, WA
Certificate of Completion / 20 Credits
Joe Gryniuk - 425-739-8343
Ending: 03/26/14, 06/25/14 (Capacity = 24)

Program Description

The level of sophistication of electronics has grown exponentially over the past few years. The Electronics, Manufacturing Specialist certificate prepares graduates for opportunities in the area of state of the art electronics manufacturing. Internationally recognized certification is possible through successful completion of IPC-A-610 and IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certification. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or adviser. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

Program Skill Sets

None listed.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Electronics Technology: Digital Electronics - Kirkland, WA
Certificate of Completion / 36 Credits
Joe Gryniuk - 425-739-8343
Ending: 03/26/14, 06/25/14 (Capacity = 24)

Program Description

Digital Electronics certificate introduces students to the technical foundations of current digital technologies and will enable them to explore these technologies in more depth and to work with them more adeptly in the workplace. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or adviser. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

Program Skill Sets

None listed.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Electronics Technology: Electronics Animation - Kirkland, WA
Certificate of Completion / 32 Credits
Joe Gryniuk - 425-739-8343
Ending: 03/26/14, 06/25/14 (Capacity = 24)

Program Description

The Electronic Automation certificate introduces the student to these automated manufacturing principles, systems and hands-on practices required to effectively work with, install, and troubleshoot automated manufacturing systems. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or adviser. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

Program Skill Sets

None listed.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Electronics Technology: PCB Design - Kirkland, WA
Certificate of Completion / 35 Credits
Joe Gryniuk - 425-739-8343
Ending: 03/26/14, 06/25/14 (Capacity = 24)

Program Description

The PCB Design Technician certificate provides a foundation to those individuals that seek employment opportunities in the lucrative exciting niche market of printed circuit board (PCB) design. Students will learn and use state-of-the art software while in this program. This certificate is intended for students desiring to upgrade their skills in this industry. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or adviser. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

Program Skill Sets

None listed.

Renton Technical College

Aerospace Assembly Mechanic - Renton, WA
Short Term Certificate / 20 Credits
Dante Leon - 425-235-5831 - dleon@rtc.edu
Ending: 01/30/14, 04/04/14, 05/06/14, 06/09/14, 07/10/14, and 08/12/14 (Capacity = 40)

Program Description

Certificate in Aerospace Assembly Mechanic provides advanced understanding of aviation manufacturing procedures. The certificate includes 13 modules:

1. Mechanic Orientation
2. Power Island
3. Basic Drilling and Riveting
4. Advanced Fasteners
5. Countersinking and Flush Riveting
6. 90 Degree Drilling
7. Reaming and Permanent Fasteners
8. Wing Structure
9. Fuselage Skin
10. Drilling Titanium
11. Drilling Composite
12. Sealant Application
13. Electrical Bond and Ground Composite Manufacturing.

Program Skill Sets

  1. Aircraft Familiarization • Blueprints and Picture Sheets
  2. Bonding and Grounding
  3. Engineering Processes
  4. Hand and Measuring Tools
  5. Introduction to Composites
  6. Manufacturing Documentation
  7. Sealing and Safety
  8. 90 Degree Drilling, Reaming, and Permanent Fasteners
  9. Countersinking and Flush Riveting
  10. Drilling Composite Materials
  11. Drilling Titanium Materials
  12. Fuselage Skin Assembly
  13. Hand and Measuring Tools
  14. Introduction to Torqueing, Lock wiring, Nut Plates, and Squeeze
  15. Sealant Application Processes-Mechanical

South Seattle Community College

Airframe Mechanic - Seattle, WA
Certificate / 85 Credits
Kim Alexander - 206-934-6660
Ending: 12/11/13, 3/26/14, 6/20/14 (Capacity = 25)

Program Description

One of two preparatory programs (Airframe and Power-plant, A&P) of the Aviation Maintenance Certificate program. Students are awarded a certificate of completion qualifying them to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)certification exam for the airframe mechanic license.

Program Skill Sets

1. Pass FAA exam.
2. Consistently follow EPA guidelines, shop and personal safety standards set by industry.
3. Measure weights, temperature and speeds.
4. Locate and interpret data in manufacturer's technical manuals.
5. Explain terms, processes and systems related to aircraft.
6. Ability to troubleshoot.
7. Able to use standard tools and materials common for structural repairs, including composites.
8. Form, heat-treat and fabricate metal and composite structures and install common fasteners in metal and composites.
9. Apply electrical and magnetic theories and interpret schematics using meters and testing equipment for troubleshooting.
10. Inspect aircraft for conformity and airworthiness in accordance with FAA and manufacturer's documentation.
11. Work effectively in groups or independently.
12. Demonstrate work ethic and responsibility appropriate to the industry.

South Seattle Community College

General Aviation - Seattle, WA
Short Term Certificate / 15 Credits
Kim Alexander - 206-934-6660
Ending: 03/26/14 (Capacity = 20)

Program Description

Prepares technicians for a manufacturing career in the aviation industry. This certificate is a per-requisite for the Composite Aviation Short-Term Training Certification classes. It is not equivalent to the FAA-General Aviation course of the Aviation Maintenance Technician program.

Program Skill Sets

1. Consistently display precision in processes such as measuring, drilling and welding components.
2. Attach fasteners, metal components, brackets and fittings to composite materials with precision and proper care of materials.
3. Read and correctly interpret aircraft drawings.
4. Operate tools & equipment safely.
5. This includes personal and aircraft safety standards related to shop layout, equipment use and the handling and storage of materials.

South Seattle Community College

Power Plant Mechanic - Seattle, WA
Certificate / 85 Credits
Kim Alexander - 206-934-6660
Ending: 12/11/13, 3/26/14, 6/20/14 (Capacity = 25)

Program Description

One of two preparatory programs (Airframe and Power-plant, A&P) of the Aviation Maintenance Certificate program. Students are awarded a certificate of completion qualifying them to take the Federal Aviation Administration certification exam for the Power-plant mechanic license.

Program Skill Sets

1. Pass FAA exam.
2. Consistently follow EPA guidelines, shop and personal safety standards set by industry.
3. Measure weights, temperature and speeds.
4. Locate and interpret data in manufacturer's technical manuals.
5. Explain terms, processes and systems related to aircraft.
6. Ability to troubleshoot.
7. Ability to run-up, move and tie-down an aircraft.
8. Repair generators, alternators, motors, magnetos,and other aircraft units.
9. Diagnose, repair, replace and overhaul power-plants.
10. Apply electrical and magnetic theories and interpret schematics using meters and testing equipment for troubleshooting. 11. Work effectively in groups or independently.
12. Demonstrate work ethic and responsibility appropriate to the industry.

Degree Programs for Aviation Maintenance Technology

Bellingham Technical College

Instrumentation & Control Technology AAS-T - Bellingham, WA
AAS-T / 142 Credits
Tony Kuphaldt - 360-752-8477 - TKuphadlt@btc.ctc.edu
Ending: 03/27/14, 06/24/14, 08/08/14 (Capacity = 24)

Program Description

Bellingham Technical College's degree in Instrumentation & Control Technology prepares students for employment in high-tech industries such as power generation plants, water treatment facilities, chemical manufacturing plants, canneries, aerospace plants, bio-pharmaceutical plants, semi-conductor manufacturing plants, petroleum refining, and pulp and paper mills. Students are trained to maintain, repair, and troubleshoot instrumentation and control systems in industries that increasingly rely on automation.
A combination of theory and hands-on training offers a variety of modern process measurement and control instrumentation with actual working processes and computer simulations. The Program applies math and physics and duplicates conditions and industry standards that technicians experience. Through laboratory experience, students develop knowledge and skills with electronic circuits, test equipment, individual instruments, multiple instrument control systems, and practical computer applications.
 

Program Skill Sets

  1. Communication - Communicates and expresses thoughts across a variety of mediums (verbal, written, visually) to effectively persuade, inform, and clarify ideas with colleagues.
  2. Time Management - Arrives on time and prepared to work; budgets time an meets deadlines when performing technical tasks and projects.
  3. Safety - Complies with national, state, and local safety regulations when repairing, calibrating, and installing instruments.
  4. Diagnose and Repair Existing Instruments - Assesses, diagnoses, and repairs faulty instruments in measurement and control systems using logical procedures and appropriate test equipment.
  5. Install and Configure New Instruments - Builds, configures, and installs new instrument systems according to plans, applying industry construction standards, and ensuring correct system operation when complete.
  6. Process Control Optimization - Improve system functions by evaluating control system performance; implements strategies to tune and stabilize control systems.
  7. Instrument Calibration - Assesses instrument accuracy and correct inaccuracies using appropriate calibration procedures and test equipment.
  8. Documents Instrument Systems - Interprets and creates technical documents (electronic schematics, loop diagrams, and P&IDs) according to industry (EIA, ISA) standards.
  9. Self-Directing Learning - Selects and researches relevant information sources to learn new principles, technologies, and techniques.
  10. Career Development - Researches and seeks opportunities for promotion and job advancements in work and career settings.

This program also provides a pathway for students to:

  • Obtain Electronics Technician Certificate after the first year of study and Certified by the Electronics Technicians Association – International (ETA-i) with an Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETa) certificate.

 

Big Bend Community College

Aviation Maintenance - Moses Lake, WA
AAS
Dan Moore and Eric Borg - 509-793-2254 and 509-793-2253
Ending: 06/19/14

Program Description

Upon completion of the AMT program course of study, the student will have earned a minimum 400 hours of classroom and laboratory training in the AMT general section, 750 hours in airframe and 750 hours in powerplant. The FAA recognizes these time allotments as sufficient to meet testing requirements. Upon successful completion of the FAA written tests for certified aviation maintenance technician, the student is then eligible to take the oral and practical tests, all of which may be taken at BBCC. The BBCC Aviation Maintenance Technology program is approved by the Washington State Aeronautics Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Students may choose to take Advance Composites Training as an elective in this program. 

Program Skill Sets

  1. The Aviation Maintenance Technology program at BBCC is designed to prepare students for FAA airframe and powerplant maintenance certification and for employment in aviation maintenance careers.
  2. Courses offer quality training to serious and motivated students through a structured competency-based curriculum provided by industry experienced instructors.
  3. Instruction includes the basics of maintenance, servicing, inspection, repair, troubleshooting, and overhaul of aircraft airframes, powerplants, and their related systems and components associated with general and commercial aviation in the proper environment in which students may become professional aviation maintenance technicians.

Clover Park Technical College

Aviation Maintenance Technician - Lakewood, WA
Degree / 168 Credits
Valerie Sundby-Thorp - 253-589-6090 - valerie.sundby-thorp@cptc.edu
Ending: 08/29/14 (Capacity = 18)

Program Description

Graduates will meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for the issuance of Airframe and Powerplant certificates. Aviation maintenance technicians are qualified to perform service or make repairs on all types and sizes of private and commercial aircraft, including airplanes, helicopters, and their propulsion systems. Related fields include aircraft and component manufacturing. Students are eligible for FAA certification upon completion of required technical credits. Future employment may include major and regional airlines, aircraft and rotorcraft repair and maintenance facilities, airline and corporate jet refurbishing repair stations, and aircraft and component manufacturing. 

Program Skill Sets

  1. Prepare for the FAA Airframe and Powerplant certification and to be technically competent in Airframe and Powerplant Maintenance.
  2. Develop the skills and experience necessary to secure employment including development of documents and skills necessary for job search.

 

Everett Community College

Aviation Maintenance Technician - Everett, WA
ATA / 90 Credits
Sheila Dunn - 425-239-8017
Ending: 8/22/14

Program Description

Aviation maintenance technicians, also known as aircraft (A&P) mechanics, are responsible for keeping aircraft in peak condition.

  • FAA inspections and maintenance
  • Repairs
  • Replacement of parts
  • Use of precision tools
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Testing equipment
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Work on all types of aircraft

Typically, technicians are FAA certified, which requires a combination of hands-on hours as well as classroom hours in a program offered within the EVCC program. EVCC'S aviation maintenance technology program boasts 40 years at Paine Field, including background knowledge and practical shop experience.

Program Skill Sets

Basics of electricity, physics, hydraulics, air conditioning, and other aircraft systems; aircraft maintenance; understanding of FAA regulations.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Electronics Technology AAS - Kirkland, WA
AAS / 120 Credits
Joe Gryniuk - 425-739-8343
Ending: 03/26/14, 06/25/14 (Capacity = 24)

Program Description

Program Mission: The Electronics Technology AAS degree prepares students to utilize the skills learned in this program to enter into either the electronics manufacturing industry as engineering technicians, electronics specialists, inspectors, managers, and testers, or into any of the high-tech industry maintaining multi-million dollar machines and devices utilized in almost all high-tech fields today. The Electronics Technology AAS degree exposes students to a basic core of skills through advanced electronics principles and applications. By focusing on the idea that a career in high-tech involves constant and continuing education, the student learns the importance of life-long learning. Through this, the program prepares its graduates for entry level positions in the rapidly growing high-tech industries of the 21st century.

Program Skill Sets

Electronics Technology AAS degree graduates will:

1. Be prepared to obtain entry-level positions as Electronics Technicians, Installers, Assemblers and Troubleshooters.

2. Be prepared with the skills to perform standard workplace functions with minimal supervision.

3. Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation , and technical and information literacy skills.

4. Meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Electronics Technology AAS-T - Kirkland, WA
AAS-T / 105 Credits
Joe Gryniuk
Ending: 03/26/14, 06/25/14 (Capacity = 24)

Program Description

Program Mission:

The Electronics Technology AAS Transfer degree prepares students to utilize the skills learned in this program to enter the electronics manufacturing industry as engineering technicians, electronics specialists, inspectors, managers, and testers or to pursue further education at the baccalaureate level. This degree is intended for students who may wish to transfer to specific colleges who accept the credits– check with your advisor. Achievement of this degree will prepare the transfer student for further study. Graduates will also be able to utilize the skills learned in this program to enter into either the electronics manufacturing industry as assemblers, inspectors, managers and testers, or into any high-tech industry maintaining one of the many multi-million dollar machines and devices utilized in almost all high-tech fields today.

Program Skill Sets

Electronics Technology AAS-Transfer degree graduates will:

1. Be prepared to obtain entry-level positions as Electronics Technicians, Installers, Assemblers and Troubleshooters.

2. Be prepared with the skills to perform standard workplace functions with minimal supervision.

3. Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation , and technical and information literacy skills.

4. Meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes.

South Seattle Community College

Aeronautical Technology - Seattle, WA
AAS-T / 137 Credits
Kim Alexander - 206-934-6660
Ending: 11/27/12, 12/11/13, 3/26/14, 6/20/14 (Capacity = 22)

Program Description

The AAS and AAS-T degree programs provide graduates of recognized Airframe and Power-plant programs and experienced FAA-certified mechanics the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Program Skill Sets

None listed.

Spokane Community College

Aviation Maintenance Technician - Spokane, WA
AAS
Raymond Thomas - 509-533-8493 - rthomas@scc.spokane.edu
Ending: 12/15/2013, 6/30/2014, 12/15/2014 (Capacity = 25)

Program Description

Approved courses in both airframe and powerplant mechanics are offered to meet the Federal Aviation Administration requirements. General aircraft courses offered the first two quarters are prerequisites to both the airframe and powerplant phase of the program. Students receive a well-rounded education in general aircraft mechanics the first two quarters of the program. Third- and fourth-quarter course offerings include both lecture and lab courses in airframe repair, and fifth- and sixth-quarter offerings include lecture and lab courses in powerplant repair. Courses to satisfy the requirements for an AAS degree will be by arrangement.

Program Skill Sets

1. Qualified to take the FAA general, airframe, and powerplant tests.
2. Able to perform the duties of a beginning licensed mechanic with entry level skills in the repair, maintenance, inspection and overhaul of airframe and of aircraft powerplants, including electrical systems, sheet metal, welding, hydraulic systems, rigging and assembly, wood, fabric, and doping, propellers, ignition systems, lubrication systems, and general overhaul procedures.
3. Able to use tools, equipment, methods, and procedures in repair, maintenance, and inspection of aircraft and powerplants. 4. Able to meet the requirements for an AAS degree from Spokane Community College.

Spokane Community College

Avionics/Electronics Engineering Technician - Spokane, WA
AAS / 135 Credits
John Barnett - 509-533-7136 - jbarnett@scc.spokane.edu
Ending: 8/15/2014 (Capacity = 20)

Program Description

The electronics industry of today’s highly technological world needs technicians prepared for the dynamic field of microcomputer-based electronic equipment maintenance. The program provides a seven-quarter, comprehensive curriculum to prepare the student to meet this need. State-of-the art concepts are taught, as well as practical laboratory techniques, which provide the circuit analysis skills necessary for electronic technicians. Also included are studies in communication skills, computational skills and human relations skills.

Program Skill Sets

1. Computer Fundamentals for Electronics.
2. AC/DC Circuits.
3. DC/AC Circuit Math.
4. Written Communication.
5. Solid State Devices/Circuits.
6. Linear Devices/Circuits.
7. Employment Preparation.
8. Digital Concepts.
9. Basic Computer Systems.
10. Communication Fundamentals.
11. RF Communications.
12. Principles of Avionics.
13. Avionics Systems.

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