Aircraft Maintenance Pre-Apprentice Program

Program Information

About Aircraft Maintenance Pre-Apprentice Program

  • Complete program in one semester and go straight to work
  • Class meets Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm
  • Start the process to earn nationally recognized journey-person certificate
  • Gain documented experience required for approval to take the A&P exam. 


The PSAM General Aviation Maintenance pre-apprenticeship program is designed for individuals wanting to begin a new career as an aviation maintenance technician.

The program provides participants with the foundational knowledge and skills required to obtain an entry-level job in the aviation maintenance industry.

Students are given significant opportunities to engage in practical, hands-on learning and will complete an internship experience with a local employer at the end of the program.

Maintenance Fundamentals Course

  • Career  Outlook and Skills for Workplace Success
  • Safety
  • Shop/Technical Math
  • Measurement
  • Tools and Test Equipment
  • Basic Machines
  • Maintenance Data Systems


General Aviation Apprentice Course

  • Fundamentals of Electricity & Electronics
  • Aircraft Drawings
  • Weight and Balance
  • Fluid Lines and Fittings
  • Aircraft materials, hardware, and processes
  • Ground operations and Servicing
  • Cleaning and corrosion control
  • Mathematics
  • Regulations, maintenance forms, records, publications
  • Physics for aviation
  • Inspection concepts and techniques
  • Human factors


Employment Preparation Course

  • Resume development
  • Soft skills
  • Job Search Skills
  • Interview Practice

Paid Externship

  • Extended interview
  • On-the-job training


General Aviation Hands-on Course

  • In-depth practical hands-on General Aviation tasks
  • Simulates a 40-hour work week
  • Covers same subjects as Apprentice Course above

Get STarted

Courses for this program are listed in the left sidebar. For additional information and online registration availability, please view the page for the individual course. For general program interest and information, please select one of the options below.