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Powerplant Aviation Maintenance PPAM.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 19 Credit Hours

Division: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Department: Aviation Technology
Effective as of Fall 2023

What is the program about?

This program is one of two Sinclair certificate programs (GAM.S.STC & PPAM.S.STC) needed to qualify the student for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Powerplant (P) certificate. To become an Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), two ratings are required, the Airframe (A) and the Powerplant (P); this is commonly referred to as an "A&P Certificate". Students will learn to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned with extensive hands-on training in the aviation maintenance lab. Sinclair is an FAA-approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School (AMTS) under Part 147.

Program Outcomes

  • The required operation before overhaul, teardown, buildup, overhaul, inspection, installation of turbine engine or components and documentation.
  • Implement required operation before overhaul or teardown, inspection, troubleshooting, repair, teardown, buildup, overhaul and installation of engines or components and certification documentation.
  • Operate, inspect, troubleshoot, repair, install reciprocating engine systems and components, safety systems, electrical systems and document for legal sufficiency.
  • Maintenance and overhaul of propellers Inspect and overhaul propeller and component systems for reciprocating engines.
  • Operate, inspect, troubleshoot, repair safety systems, electrical systems, installation of turbine engines, components and documentation.

Career Opportunities

The Aviation industry is experiencing a pressing shortage of aviation mechanics. In its most recent pilot and technician outlook report, issued in 2020, Boeing estimated that 739,000 new technicians would be needed worldwide during the next 20 years, much of it due to the large number of recent and upcoming retirements in the field...That includes 192,000 new technicians needed in North America.


The Powerplant (P) certificate is the one of the basic requirements for any aviation maintenance technician to maintain U.S. registered aircraft in an airworthy condition. The mechanic is a vital part of safety for the flying public.


Course Title Credits
AVT 1128 Powerplant Safety Systems 3
AVT 2122 Ignition & Starting 3
AVT 2126 Reciprocating Engines 4
AVT 2129 Propellers 2
AVT 2138 Engine Fuel & Fuel Metering 3
AVT 2219 Turbine Engines 4
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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.