Aircraft Powerplant Technology Associate Degree
A pilot who flies a plane isn’t the only one responsible for passenger flight safety. It's also the responsibility of the skilled technicians who do the crucial work behind the scenes to ensure a safe flight. And it could be you — with a career in the field of aviation maintenance. Students choosing to study Aviation Maintenance enter an exciting and dynamic field that can pay excellent wages and offer a professional career unlike no other.
TSTC is the perfect place to start your professional career. With aviation experience dating back to 1968, the college has long been a leader in aviation industry. Instructors experienced in the industry work closely with students to assist them in reaching their individual career goals, and a low student-to-faculty ratio ensures the focus remains on the student.
And the Aviation Maintenance program is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration to provide the training necessary for testing for Airframe and Powerplant #FT8150Q (A&P) ratings. Through your studies and hands-on labs at TSTC, you can prepare for testing to earn an Airframe and rating, with training in electrical and hydraulic systems, sheet metal repair and much more.
TSTC Waco’s program helps students prepare for employment in a variety of areas, from fixed-based operations at small airports, to jobs with major airlines in large metropolitan areas.
Students also will have access to TSTC’s Aerospace Center with new terminal facility, air traffic control tower, campus airport and expanded programs (to open in Waco in the spring 2012) and benefit from the fact the college is located on dual runways with operational control towers.
Most students follow the industry lead and get both the airframe and powerplant certificates. See the section labeled Airframe for the requirements for that program. Both the Airframe and Powerplant can be finished in six semesters (two years).