Aviation Systems Technology - Powerplant Diploma

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Aviation Systems Technology - Powerplant Diploma

Program Code: D60200B

Our Aviation Systems Technology (AST) - Powerplant program will provide you with hands-on training in a wide variety of military and civilian aircraft. You’ll become familiar with a complete array of aircraft systems, from nose to tail. Emphasis is placed on general aviation and powerplant maintenance.

The AST program also offers a degree and other diploma options.

Aviation Systems Technology Training for Military

Craven Community College has a specialized training program for students who have prior military aircraft maintenance experience. Through our Workforce Development program, students can take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) General/Airframe and FAA/General Powerplant certification exams.

Skills You’ll Learn

The Aviation Systems Technology program is focused on job-related skills in the following areas:

  • Inspecting airframe components, systems, and structures as allowed by FAA authority
  • Repairing airframe components, systems, and structures within the prescribed limits as allowed by FAA authority
  • Demonstrating proper documentation of maintenance, servicing, and repair records as required by FAA standards and authority

Career Opportunities

There are many employment opportunities for Aviation Systems Technology graduates, including:

  • Air carriers
  • Aircraft manufacturers
  • Fixed base operators
  • Flight schools
  • Government aviation operations
  • Repair stations
  • View more career opportunities

Diploma requirements

52 Credit Hours

The following suggested schedule is based on full-time enrollment. For information about prerequisites and corequisites, please refer to the catalog.

Courses in this program

Take ACA-111 OR ACA-122. Semester Credit Hours: 16

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course introduces general subjects related to all aspects of aircraft maintenance. Topics include mechanic privileges/limitations; math and physics; basic electricity; aircraft drawings; maintenance forms; fluid lines/fittings; weight and balance; corrosion control; and ground operations. Upon completion, students should be prepared to pass the FAA knowledge, oral, and practical exams for the general portion of the mechanic's certificate with either the airframe or powerplant ratings.

Lecture Hours: 10  Lab Hours: 10  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 15 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces the college's physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success. Topics include campus facilities and resources; policies, procedures, and programs; study skills; and life management issues such as health, self-esteem, motivation, goal-setting, diversity, and communication. Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively within the college environment to meet their educational objectives.

Lecture Hours: 1  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 1 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides information and strategies necessary to develop clear academic and professional goals beyond the community college experience. Topics include the CAA, college policies and culture, career exploration, gathering information on senior institutions, strategic planning, critical thinking, and communications skills for a successful academic transition. Upon completion, students should be able to develop an academic plan to transition successfully to senior institutions.

Lecture Hours: 0  Lab Hours: 2  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 1 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

Semester Credit Hours: 18

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course emphasizes engine systems and components. Topics include engine instruments and fire protection, electrical, lubrication, fuel, ignition, starting, and fuel metering systems. Students completing this course should be capable of passing appropriate portions of the FAA knowledge, oral, and practical tests for the powerplant rating.

Lecture Hours: 10  Lab Hours: 10  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 15 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take AVI-110
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take One Set:,Set 1: DRE-097,Set 2: ENG-002,Set 3: BSP-4002
  • Corequisites:
    Take ENG-011

Semester Credit Hours: 9

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This final course of the powerplant series covers engine systems and components; propellers and unducted fans; and induction, airflow, cooling, exhaust, and reverser systems. The course culminates with engine inspections. The student should be prepared to pass the applicable portions of the knowledge, oral, and practical exams for the powerplant rating at the completion of this course.

Lecture Hours: 5  Lab Hours: 5  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 9 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take AVI-110
  • Corequisites:
    None

Semester Credit Hours: 9

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

ELE-001 is a category of electives and not a specific course. Students must select from the approved Humanities/Fine Arts Electives for General Education courses for AAS Programs listed below as indicated under degree requirements. Lecture, Lab, Clinical, and Credit Hours are determined by the course selected. ART-111, ART-114, ART-115, ENG-231, ENG-232, ENG-241, ENG-242, HUM-110, HUM-115, HUM-211, HUM-212, MUS-110, MUS-112, MUS-113, PHI-215, PHI-240, REL-110

Lecture Hours: –  Lab Hours: –  Clinical Hours: –  Credit Hours: – 
  • Prerequisites:
    View specific course for prerequisite information
  • Corequisites:
    View specific course for corequisite information

This first course in the powerplant series covers theoretical and practical aspects of the two major types of aircraft propulsion systems, piston and jet engines. Auxiliary power units are also covered, including their relationship to the systems they operate. Upon completion, the student should be knowledgeable of aircraft engines to include maintenance and operation at the level required by the FAA to qualify for a powerplant rating on a mechanic's certificate.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 6 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take AVI-110
  • Corequisites:
    None

Questions others are asking.

We offer several credentials that provide the flexibility you need. Most degree programs last two years and provide the most in-depth study of a particular subject. Diplomas and certificates take less time and are often taken in conjunction with other degree programs. Specialized training is also available for workforce development programs that are completed in less than a year.

The Aviation Systems Technology program at Craven Community College has been approved by Federal Aviation Administration Part 147 since 2004.

Contact Information

Aviation Systems Technology Program Director
Institute of Aeronautical Technology
Havelock Campus
252-447-5471

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