Do airplanes fascinate you? Do you have a natural aptitude for technology and mechanics? Would you feel good knowing that your work ensures the safe travel of hundreds of airline passengers every day? If so, look to OCC Career Advantage programs in Aviation Maintenance Technology to prepare you for high-paying, in-demand jobs as aircraft maintenance technician or avionics specialist. Earn a certificate or associate degree in Airframe, Powerplant, Avionics and/or Helicopter Theory and Maintenance. These programs prepare you for entry-level or higher positions in commercial airlines and private or corporate aviation. The OCC Aviation Maintenance Technology program has helped launch careers in aviation maintenance for over 30 years, and our graduates have thriving careers in major and corporate airline companies across the state. Read on to learn how OCC can help propel you forward in this exciting career field.

A sampling of courses for these careers

  • General Maintenance Records
  • Airframe & Powerplant Instrument
  • General Blueprint Reading and Drafting
  • Airframe Hydraulics & Landing Gear
  • Helicopter Maintenance
  • Powerplant Gas Turbine Engines

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Did you know?

Projected employment for aviation maintenance technicians in California is expected to increase by 11 percent through 2024,
faster than average, according to O*Net Online.


Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you'll be well-prepared to enter a career in aviation maintenance.

Build upon your skills if you're already employed in the field. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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Airframe

Train to become an airframe technician at a local aircraft manufacturing or repair facility. Learn to service an airplane, related part, and appliance after performing, supervising or inspecting its maintenance or alterations.

Powerplant

Train for an entry-level position as an airframe and powerplant mechanic at a local power plant, propeller overhaul facility or repair station. Learn to perform airframe inspection, powerplant inspection, maintenance and return-to-flight status on all types of U.S. aircraft.

Airframe and Powerplant

Train for an entry-level position as an airframe and powerplant mechanic in the aviation industry, and earn the foundational skills and knowledge needed for an engineering degree at a four-year institution. Learn to perform airframe inspection, powerplant inspection, maintenance and return-to-flight status on all types of U.S. aircraft. 

Avionics

Prepare for an entry-level position as an installation, maintenance and repair technician for electronic equipment fitted to private, corporate and commercial aircraft. Prepare for a career where you get to help keep today's aircraft in flight, as their navigational and communications systems become more and more sophisticated.

Helicopter Theory and Maintenance

Prepare for an entry-level position as a maintenance and repair technician for helicopters. Learn about rotary wing development, technology, construction and a general survey of the helicopter industry. View program detail in course catalog.

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Airframe

Complete the Airframe Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. You will be prepared for a position as an airframe technician at a local aircraft manufacturing or repair facility.

Powerplant

Complete the Powerplant Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. You will be prepared for an entry-level position as an airframe and powerplant mechanic at a local power plant, propeller overhaul facility or repair station.

Airframe and Powerplant

Complete the Airframe and Powerplant Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. You will be prepared for an entry-level position as an airframe and powerplant mechanic in the aviation industry, and earn the foundational skills and knowledge needed for an engineering degree at a four-year institution.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

Our Team

Katie Ottoson
Katie Ottoson, M.S.
Counselor, CTE and
Career Services
Cindy Voss
Cindy Voss
Counselor, Technology
Programs