- Department Chair: Larry Johnson
Sacramento City College maintains a Federal Aviation Administration-approved two-year certificate and degree program organized to train students as airframe and powerplant maintenance technicians. The program is designed to meet the needs of students who desire technical training to qualify for the Federal Aviation tests.
The Aeronautics program is governed by regulations established by the Federal Aviation Administration. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved program fulfills all of the requirements under CFR 14, Federal Aviation Regulation part 147. Completion of this program will allow the graduate to test for the FAA Powerplant Mechanic Certificate.
Upon passing the appropriate Federal examinations, the graduate is certificated to work on aircraft as a technician and to supervise the work of others on such craft.
The department of Advanced Transportation Technology currently offers courses and/or certificate programs in Aeronautics, Flight Technology, and Non-Destructive Testing. This department focuses on new and emerging transportation related courses, as well as traditional training, which may lead directly to employment in local, state, and nationally recognized fields.
Powerplant Technicians are employed by major/regional airlines, certificated repair stations, fixed based operators, charter services, flight schools, corporate flight departments, agricultural aircraft operators, and helicopter operations, as well as government agencies and the military. Many experienced technicians opt to operate their own aviation businesses.
To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:
- Transfers from another Federal Aviation Administration Part 147 approved airframe and powerplant school must provide an official transcript and catalog for evaluation by the department.
Recommended High School Preparation
English, mathematics, electronics, science, computers, and industrial shop.
In addition to normal student expenses, minimal lab expenses may be incurred.
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate the knowledge and skills to qualify for the General and Powerplant portion of the Federal Aviation Administration Powerplant Mechanics exams to include the written, oral, and practical tests.
- demonstrate the knowledge and skills to inspect, maintain, repair, and modify reciprocating and turbine engines.
Associate in Science Degree
The Powerplant Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.
Certificate of Achievement (COA)
The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better or equivalent.