Are you looking for an exciting career in the field of aviation? Prepare for a career in aviation mechanics in approximately 18 months. Programs begin in January and August.
New classes begin January 9, 2017. Call now to get started!
Contact Aviation Director Dave Pietrzak at 217.544.4965 or 309.530.7372 for more information.
LLCC’s 18-month program prepares students to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification exam for airframe and powerplant mechanics and, at the same time, earn an associate in applied science degree. LLCC has the only aviation mechanics programs in central Illinois. The program emphasizes hands-on experience with the repair and maintenance of modern engines and airframes. Classes are small providing more one-on-one time with the instructors.
LLCC’s aviation mechanics students are in high demand and are often offered paid internships and jobs prior to completing their program.
- The program covers 34 subject areas and includes 1,927.5 hours of instruction. Students can meet the requirements in as little as 10 months to receive the airframe certificate or the powerplant certificate; 18 months for both.
- The associate in applied science degree usually requires an additional semester to complete.
- Note: Students may elect to only take general and airframe, or general and powerplant sections. Providing they meet FAA requirements, they may only need to take one of the sections.
- After students have met all of the FAA requirements, they take three written tests (with an approved test facility) and then test with an FAA trained DME (Designated Mechanic Examiner) who will administer an oral and practical test and then issue the A & P certificate.
- The IATA (International Air Transportation Association) estimates that the industry will need to train and hire some 247,100 additional mechanics by 2018 and 420,000 by 2026. After taking into account retirements and market fluctuations, the number rises to 405,500 by 2018 and 739,000 by 2026. (Source: Air Transport World magazine)
- General aviation classes are taken before airframe and powerplant classes. A total of 412.5 hours of classroom and lab instruction is required. Cost is estimated at $4,862* plus books and tools.
- Airframe classes require a total of 757.5 hours in the classroom and labs. Cost is estimated at $7,150* plus books and tools.
- Powerplant classes require a total of 757.5 hours of classroom and labs to be completed. Cost is estimated at $6,864* plus books and tools.
*Tuition costs are subject to change. Financial aid available to those who qualify.
About the LLCC Aviation Program
In 2000 the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana closed its maintenance training program. LLCC saw a need to continue this training and acquired the program’s assets. With assistance from Garrett Aviation (StandardAero), the program was established at LLCC.
LLCC operates under FAR (Federal Aviation Regulations) Part 147, and this regulation certifies the school. The FAA regulation provides LLCC with the guidelines for developing the curriculum – the subjects, the level of instruction, and the number of total hours that are required.
Our instructors are required to be certified as A & P (airframe & powerplant) technicians and have current work experience.
The program teaches students the basic skills and fundamentals of aviation maintenance, so when completed, they meet the FAA requirements to test for an A & P certificate.
We work to meet the needs of each individual student. Once a student starts the LLCC program, they can take all of the courses in their entirety or take time off between the different sections.
Classes are in session Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 30 hours per week (night classes when available).