Aviation Mechanics • Airframe Technician • Powerplant Technician • Aviation Management
Start Date: Jan. 5, 2022
End Date: June 7, 2023
Time: Mon-Thu, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Jan. 5-May 11
Break: May 12-22
May 23-July 26
Break: July 27-Aug. 7
Aug. 8-Dec. 15
Break: Dec. 16-Jan. 1
Jan. 2-May 10
Break: May 11-21
May 22-June 7
Key Program Features
LLCC is the home of the only aviation mechanics program in central Illinois.
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.
The program is housed in the Levi, Ray and Shoup, Inc. Aviation Center at LLCC, located at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. Programs begin in January and August.
Use the Career Insight tool to see what opportunities with an Airframe and Powerplant Aviation Mechanics associate’s degree look like.
(Note: In addition to the Airframe and Powerplant Aviation Mechanics AAS degree, other certificates are available. Opportunities may vary on the educational level earned.)
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 Aviation Mechanics program prepares students to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification exam for airframe and powerplant mechanics and, at the same time, 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.
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.
Get a detailed listing of required courses for this program:
LLCC’s Aviation Management program introduces students to business aviation operations including:
- What a pilot needs to know to fly
- How the airspace is regulated to keep flight safe and organized
- Rules and law in the aviation industry
- What it takes to operate an aviation business
Upon completion of this program, a student can go on to a career in airport management, air traffic control, aircraft business operations and flight operations, or transfer to a four-year degree program.
Investment in Your Future
For fall 2021, spring 2022 and summer 2022: Aviation (AVI) courses are $336.25 per credit hour for in-district resident. Get more information on tuition and fees.
Students are required to have a basic set of tools. Books sold separately.
Financial aid is available to those who qualify. There are ways to get help paying for college. Learn more about paying for college.
Estimated costs for Aviation Mechanics as of August 2021
- General 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 $5,988.25* plus books and tools.
- Airframe classes require a total of 757.5 hours in the classroom and labs. Cost is estimated at $8,806.25* plus books and tools.
- Powerplant classes require a total of 757.5 hours of classroom and labs to be completed. Cost is estimated at $8,454* plus books and tools.
*Tuition costs are estimated at the in-district rate for the 2020-2021 academic year. Costs are subject to change.
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