Aviation Maintenance Tech: Airframe Certificate

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Career Path

Industrial Technology

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Program Options

Degree, Certificate or Diploma

Locations

Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

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.  

Job Outlook

546 Jobs (2020)

+4.5%  Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

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.

Wages

  • Entry: $23.90
  • Average: $30.21
  • Experienced: $38.63

Career Examples

  • Avionics Technicians
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Software Engineers
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Engineering Managers
  • Directors of Engineering

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First Semester

AVM 181 - Aviation Airframe I

AVM 182 - Aviation Airframe II

AVM 185 - Aviation Airframe III

AVM 186 - Aviation Airframe IV

Total Semester Hours Required: 29.0

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Determine the applicability of the federal aviation regulations, airworthiness directives, FAA specifications or type certificate data sheets and interpret the privileges and limitations of a mechanic with an airframe rating with respect to the maintenance, preventive maintenance, rebuilding, alteration and inspection of the airframe for a given aircraft.
  • Recall information and apply knowledge needed to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s written and oral examinations for the 7 Airframe Structures subject areas as established and regulated by Title 14 CFR Part 65 and Part 147 appendix C.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the servicing, maintenance, preventative maintenance, and alteration in accordance with FAA Practical Test Standard FAA-S-8081-27 for the 7 Airframe Structures subject areas as established and regulated for by Title 14 CFR Part 65 and Part 147 appendix C.
  • Recall information and apply knowledge needed to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s written and oral examinations for the 10 Airframes Systems and Components subject areas as established and regulated by Title 14 CFR Part 65 and Part 147 appendix C.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the servicing, maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alteration in accordance with FAA Practical Test Standard FAA-S-8081-27 for the 10 Airframe Systems and Components subject areas as established and regulated by Title 14 CFR Part 65 and Part 147 appendix C.

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