Aviation Mechanics • Airframe Technician • Powerplant Technician • Aviation Management
Key Program Features
You can prepare for an exciting and rewarding career in aviation mechanics in approximately 18 months! Airframe and powerplant (A&P) technicians maintain and troubleshoot the complex systems that an aircraft contains – turbine and piston engines, electrical systems, hydraulics, pneumatics, sheet metal, communication, navigation, cooling exhaust and more. They help keep the world moving and travelers safe.
LLCC is the home of the only aviation mechanics program in central Illinois. The program is housed in the Levi, Ray and Shoup, Inc. Aviation Center at LLCC. Programs begin in January and August.
The 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).
Job prospects will be best for mechanics who hold airframe and powerplant certification. The 2018 median annual wage for aircraft mechanics and service technicians was $62,920.
Degree and Certificate Programs
Get a detailed listing of required courses for each of these programs:
- Airframe and Powerplant Aviation Mechanics • Associate in Applied Science
- Aviation Airframe Technician • Certificate of Achievement
- Aviation Powerplant Technician • Certificate of Achievement
LLCC’s program prepares students to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification exam for airframe and powerplant mechanics and, at the same time, they can work toward an associate in applied science degree. The program emphasizes hands-on experience with the repair and maintenance of modern engines and airframes.
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 A&P. The associate in applied science degree usually requires an additional semester to complete.
- 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 $5,775.75* plus books and tools.
- Airframe classes require a total of 757.5 hours in the classroom and labs. Cost is estimated at $8,493.75* plus books and tools.
- Powerplant classes require a total of 757.5 hours of classroom and labs to be completed. Cost is estimated at $8,154.00* plus books and tools.
* Tuition costs are estimated at the in-district rate for the 2019-2020 academic year; costs are subject to change. Financial aid available to those who qualify.
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 designated mechanic examiner who will administer an oral and practical test and then issue the A&P certificate.
Learn more about the courses for this program:
Aviation Management • Associate in Applied Science – time to completion: 2 years.
Investment in Your Future
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