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Aircraft Powerplant Mechanics


Builds upon the skills learned in the Aircraft General Mechanics certificate and learn how to inspect, service, install and troubleshoot aircraft instruments, and repair, inspect, assemble, troubleshoot and service reciprocating engines, turbine engines and engine support systems.

This program also covers the same information as the Airframe General Mechanics certificate: common safety practices used when working on and around aircraft and related support equipment, how to identify and use applicable maintenance publications and documents, and knowledge and understanding of Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

The Aircraft Powerplant Mechanics courses are taught per the Federal Aviation Administration’s Federal Aviation Regulations Part 147 for FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician schools to allow a student to be qualified for Airframe and Powerplant certification.

Conditional Enrollment Program: You will be eligible to enroll in AVM courses once you have completed the requirement listed above and the Department has authorized your enrollment. See the Aviation Program Assistant or advisor for more information.

Selective Admissions Program: In order to be fully admitted to this program, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Program Admission. See an advisor for details.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible:  Yes


PCC Aviation Technology Center

Contact Information

Division of Applied Technology
Dean: 520.206.7134
Program Assistant: 520.206.5910


Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages.  Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging and Systems Assembler $39,068
Aircraft Mechanic and Service Technician $57,591

Academic Options

Continue your studies by taking additional aviation certificates or the Aviation Technology AAS degree.

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