Aviation Maintenance Technology

SWIC Aviation Maintenance Technology students work on a jet engine.

Discover how aircraft work -- from the inside!

The Southwestern Illinois College Aviation Maintenance Technology program gives you the opportunity to train to become an aviation airframe and power plant mechanic.

Students can work to obtain the FAA Approved Airframe and/or Powerplant Certificate in one year and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology with an additional semester of classes. The FAA-approved certificate allows the student to take the FAA written, oral and practical tests in the General, Airframe and Powerplant courses. Upon successful completion of the tests, the FAA will issue a FAA airframe and/or Powerplant License. They will be able to become aircraft mechanics.

Aviation Maintenance Training Program Formats

The Aviation Maintenance Technology Program offers two formats. The one-year format allows you to obtain A&P certification (core courses) in 50 weeks (8 hours a day). The two-year format allows you to complete the A&P certification or Associate in Applied Science degree in two years (4 hours a day).

Training Location

Aviation Maintenance Technology training courses are taught at the Southwestern Illinois College Sam Wolf Granite City Campus at 4950 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL 62040.

For more information about the Aviation Maintenance program, contact Program Coordinator Robert Beckett at 618-931-0600, ext. 7361, or robert.beckett@swic.edu.


Educational Programs

Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology

Aviation Maintenance Technology Certificates

Career Opportunities

The FAA license is required for careers in Aviation Maintenance.

  • Power Plant Mechanic
  • Airframe Mechanic
  • Combination Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic (A&P Mechanic)

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