2023-2024 Catalog

Aviation Maintenance Powerplant Technical Certificate

Program Description

The Aviation Maintenance Technician school of SAU Tech is designed to provide up-to-date, intensive training for this occupational field.  Completion of this school, certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under Title 14 CFR Part 147, meets the training and experience requirements of the FAA for Airframe and/or Powerplant certificate ratings.  The number of credit hours is determined by the FAA.


The Aviation Maintenance Technology curriculum is divided into three parts: General, Airframe, and Powerplant.  A student enrolling in this course of study must first enroll for the general curriculum.  Upon completion of the general section, the student may elect to pursue the Airframe and/or Powerplant section.

Successful completion of the Powerplant courses satisfies FAA requirements of training and experience prior to testing for Powerplant ratings.  Upon reaching the Powerplant training milestone, students will be awarded the Aviation Maintenance PowerPlant Technical Certificate.  Aviation maintenance technicians may expect to gain employment in a wide variety of fields and locations.  Various fields include but are not limited to airline, manufacturing, repair station, charter operation, corporate, general aviation, and airport operation.  Very lucrative aviation maintenance positions are available in state as well as across the nation and worldwide.  Skill sets acquired through the program also directly fit many job requirements for the missiles/defense industry and other technical fields.

General Requirements

  • This certificate requires successful completion of 23 credit hours.
  • A minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average is required for graduation.
  • Satisfaction of all financial obligations due to the college is required for graduation.

Residency Requirement

The student is required to complete a minimum of 15 semester hours in residence at SAU Tech for associate degrees and technical certificates and half of the credit hours required for certificates of proficiency as well as complete all other graduation requirements.  Students who wish to pursue additional degrees must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of difference between the degrees.

Degree Plan

Program Requirements

AM 2003Powerplant Systems I


AM 2006Reciprocating Engines


AM 2016Turbine Engines


AM 2113Powerplant Electrical & Ign Systems


AM 2302Propellers


AM 2403Powerplant Systems II


Total Credit Hours: 23