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Iowa Western Community College

Aviation Maintenance Tech: Powerplant Certificate

Aviation Maintenance Tech: Powerplant 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

The aviation industry offers exciting career opportunities in areas other than professional pilot. Iowa Western has a unique Aviation Maintenance Technology Powerplant Certificate program designed to place graduates into the workforce after just one year.

This program is Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified, and unique to the region, focusing solely on the powerplant aspect of aviation. You’ll learn how to inspect, service, and repair aircraft reciprocating and turbine engines. Half of the class time in this program is spent in the state-of-the-art lab, where you’ll work on an actual aircraft in the hangar of Iowa Western's Aviation building located at the Council Bluffs airport.

After accumulating just 30.5 credit hours, you’ll be eligible to qualify for a certificate in one year. You can also apply your credits toward Iowa Western's two-year program to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Career Information

This program is intended to place students into the workforce upon completion of this one-year program. This certificate program will prepare students to inspect, service, and repair aircraft reciprocating and turbine engines. Students who wish to earn an advanced degree should major in the two-year Aviation Maintenance Technolog program to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Salary: Regional
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).