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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  May 26, 2019
2018-2019 Catalog [Aug. 2018-Aug. 2019] 
2018-2019 Catalog [Aug. 2018-Aug. 2019] [Archived Catalog]

Aviation Powerplant Mechanics (5734) (W.C.)

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Workforce Certificate (PSAV/Clock Hour program)

This is a Limited Access program.


The mission of the Aviation Powerplant Mechanic program is to serve the air transportation industry with highly trained individuals having the knowledge and skills for an entry-level technician in the aviation maintenance industry. The program produces qualified powerplant technicians ready to perform aviation maintenance through practical training and education on Federal Aviation Administration standard methods, techniques, and skills via realistic experience with aircraft, engines, and their subsystems.

The Program

This FAA-approved program prepares students for a rewarding career in the general and commercial aviation industries. Instruction consists of academic as well as laboratory training designed to prepare students for the FAA written, oral, and practical certificate examinations for the powerplant rating. Students will be qualified for a position as an aviation maintenance technician certified to work on aircraft powerplants and their systems. Note: It is recommended that students pursue both the airframe and powerplant ratings for maximum employment potential.

FAA certified maintenance technicians have the important responsibility of keeping aircraft powerplants and their equipment working safely and efficiently. They service, repair, and overhaul various aircraft components and systems including propellers and fuel and ignition systems. Aviation maintenance technicians employed by the airlines perform either line maintenance work (for example, routine maintenance, servicing, or emergency repairs at airline terminals) or major repairs and periodic inspections at an airline's overhaul base. Aviation maintenance technicians in general aviation perform maintenance and repair tasks similar to those performed by airline mechanics, and they may work on small piston-engine or larger turbine-powered aircraft, depending on the specialty of the business where employed.

A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional coursework.

Application Procedure

FAA certified repair stations are required to have all employees complete drug screening and a criminal background check for employment. Completion of this program is intended to lead to employment in certain safety sensitive positions.  To ensure your safety as well as your employability in the widest possible manner, all students are required to submit drug screening and criminal background check results to the Aviation Department prior to enrolling in the program. Call the Aviation Maintenance Department for instructions on completing these requirements. Some students are required to take the TABE exams prior to enrolling and meet the target scores prior to graduation in this program unless the students currently possess equivalent ACT, SAT, or PERT scores within the past two years or an A.A., A.S. or bachelor's degree.

The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student's completion of the program. In order to earn the Workforce Certificate, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s) on the TABE or quality for a TABE waiver. Students with prior coursework, test scores or licensing may qualify for a TABE waiver and can visit or contact any College Assessment and Certification Center to have the waiver processed and added to their individual student record.  For students who do not meet the required TABE scores and need assistance in order to meet the exit requirement(s), the College offers remediation in basic skills through Adult Education.

For further information regarding testing, call (904) 779-4129.

Need More Information? Contact:

Pat Conway, Cecil Center, (904) 317-3824 or,
or Program Advisor at (904) 779-4200

Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAE)

Students who have satisfactory test scores are not required to take the following courses:


Aviation Maintenance General Technician Coursework

Contact Hours: 450

A minimum grade of "C" or better is required in all Professional coursework.

Note: These courses are required and prepare students to pursue a career in aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul operations.

*General courses are identical between Airframe and Powerplant programs of study and only need to be completed once for both programs.

Professional Coursework

Contact Hours: 950

A minimum grade of "C" or better is required in all Professional coursework.

Total Contact Hours: 1,350

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a workforce certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earn the required number of clock hours for the chosen program of study with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C") on a 4.0 scale on all courses that apply to the chosen program of study.
  3. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total clock hours required for a certificate's program requirements as a student at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  4. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
  5. Earn a TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) score that meets or exceeds the program's exit requirement, if applicable.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  1. A student's graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students' graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. Students who enter under the (2018/2019) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2018/2019 academic year. The student's assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have pre-requisite requirements and/or co-requisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.

Gainful Employment

This is a gainful employment program. The College maintains gainful employment programs' placement and on-time completion rates, median loan amounts, SOC codes, and estimated program costs.

Gainful employment programs include only training programs of at least one academic year that lead to a certificate and credentialed non-degree programs (credit programs requiring 24 or more credit hours and clock hour programs requiring 600 or more contact hours). These programs prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

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