Did you know a modern jet engine attains up to 90,000 pounds of thrust in about eight seconds flat? Or that a commercial Boeing 777 has a cruising speed of up to 600 mph?
What makes that happen? WHO makes it happen? It’s not just the pilot who flies the plane. It’s also the skilled technicians who do the crucial work behind the scenes.
In fact, it is a critical link in the field of aviation, where pilots count on mechanics to ensure the plane they fill with passengers arrives safely at its destination.
But today’s airplanes are highly complex machines that require a high degree of skills available only from well-trained professionals. And the U.S. Department of Labor notes that openings these days are mainly filled by graduates from a school certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.
That’s why Texas State Technical College is the perfect choice for those who want to break into the industry. As an Aviation Maintenance student in TSTC’s FAA-certified program (#FT8T150Q), you will learn the critical skills required to work on turbine and reciprocating engines and so much more.
While you study and gain hands-on experience, you can prepare for testing to earn an Airframe or Powerplant rating with training in electrical and hydraulic systems, sheet metal repair and more.
Upon graduating, you’ll have the proper experience and training to land a job in this profitable industry, where average annual wages can reach $51,000 and up for professionals who really know their stuff.
What you’ll do!
TSTC’s Star Power Prep
TSTC’s Aviation Maintenance faculty members come to the college with years of professional experience in their respective aviation fields.
Led by a host of experts from civil and military aviation backgrounds, TSTC’s instructors bring a combined experience of 100 years in aviation training to students.
TSTC instructors are FAA-certified.
Small class size
At TSTC, Aviation Maintenance Technician classes average 20 students per class to ensure instructors have plenty of time to work with each student.
Compared to other colleges, TSTC students spend a lot less time in the classroom and much more time in hands-on activities – about 60 percent, in fact – that provide specific skills needed in the field. It’s just one of the many ways TSTC ensures you get the strong training you need to succeed in your career choice.
TSTC’s strong programs match industry needs, making it easier for graduates to obtain jobs at hiring time. The commitment advisory members make during their years of service to the college shows how highly TSTC programs are thought of by the industry.
How do we do this? As industry professionals, our advisory committee members assist the college in determining the courses you study, providing a valuable advantage. They can ensure that what we teach matches what industry is seeking.
Combined with internship opportunities with associated partners, there are compelling reasons why employers are attracted to TSTC graduates.
TSTC Job Credibility
Degree plans within the Aerospace division can provide additional job credibility through certifications, club memberships and industry partnership opportunities. For example, the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Sponsorship Program is a six-semester curriculum in which participants receive Aviation Maintenance Certification from TSTC. This program provides students the necessary skills to become Aircraft Modification Technicians.
TSTC’s aviation industry partnerships aid students in their career goals, as well provide internship opportunities where students can gain school credit and actual industry experience.