Aeronautics: Combined Airframe and Powerplant Maintenance

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

Sacramento City College maintains a Federal Aviation Administration-approved two-year 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 the requirements under CFR 14, Federal Aviation Regulation part 147. Completion of this program will allow the graduate to test for the FAA Airframe & 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.

Enrollment Eligibility

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.

Program costs

In addition to the normal student expenses, minimal lab expenses may be incurred.

Recommended High School Preparation

English, mathematics, electronics, science, computers, and industrial shop.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:


  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills to qualify for the General, Airframe and Powerplant portion of the Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics exam to include the written, oral, and practical tests.
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills to inspect, maintain, repair, and modify airframe structures.
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills to inspect, maintain, repair, and modify reciprocating and turbine engines.

Associate in Science Degree

The Combined Airframe and 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.