FAA Airframe and Powerplant
The five-semester sequence of course work in aviation maintenance technology leads to the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificates (A&P Certification) and prepares the student to work with major airlines, commuter airlines, corporate flight departments, general aviation operations, and aircraft and engine manufacturers.
The program is offered as part of the most comprehensive aviation education program in Illinois and is acclaimed by many in the aviation industry and government as the best in the nation. It is fully accredited by the FAA. The program has designated FAA examiners on staff to administer tests for certification.
Instruction for the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program is conducted in a 60,000 square-foot, modern training center which also includes a state of the art Engine Test Cell located at the Southern Illinois Airport, just west of Carbondale. Equipment and training aids, valued at more than $10 million, are used in teaching reciprocating and jet powerplants, hydraulics, fuel systems, carburetion and lubricating systems, instruments, electrical systems, and powerplant testing in a coordinated program of classroom and laboratory work. These studies are augmented by course work from the university core curriculum, particularly in the areas of basic sciences and communication.
Students will work with animated training panels, systems trainers, and computer training software representing a variety of jet aircraft, including the Boeing 707, 727, 737, 747, 757, and 767 and the Douglas DC8, DC9, DC10, MD11, and MD80 aircraft. As well as a Boeing 737-222 Commercial Transport Jet, a Gulfstream III Private Jet, and many other general aviation aircraft which are used for instruction in the Aviation Technologies Program.
After completing the FAA (A&P) program, students can immediately seek employment or continue their studies for the Bachelor's degree with a Degree Specialization.