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Iowa Western Community College

Aviation Maintenance Tech: Airframe Certificate

Aviation Maintenance Tech: Airframe Certificate

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 2 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: Certificate
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved

Average Class Size: 12
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

A career in the aviation industry is exciting but requires a solid educational background. That’s just what you’ll get by enrolling in Iowa Western's Aviation Maintenance Technology Airframe Certificate program. Students who successfully complete the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements are awarded a certificate that paves the way into the aviation maintenance field.

This unique program – rarely offered at other community colleges – allows you the option to focus solely on Airframe Maintenance Technology. About 50 percent of a student’s time is spent doing hands-on lab work, practicing on an actual aircraft in Iowa Western's state-of-the-art Aviation building located at the Council Bluffs airport.

Power point presentations give students the best up-to-date information, and all program manuals are posted online for easy reference. Our graduates say this rigorous program prepared them well for immediate jobs in the aviation industry.

Career Information

This program is intended to place students into the work force upon completion of the one-year certificate. This program will prepare students to service and repair the fuselage, nacelles, cowlings, fairings, airfoil surfaces, and landing gear. Students who wish to earn an advanced degree should major in the two-year Aviation Maintenance Technology program and earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Entry Level: $13.50 to $18.60/hr

* Salary information from the Iowa Western Program Chair.


* The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided here describes the graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information regarding gainful employment for the most recent academic year (as of July 1).