Aviation Maintenance Mechanic

About Aviation Maintenance Mechanic

  • Five 80 hours courses over five semesters
  • Each class meets for two weeks from 8am to 5pm
  • Earn nationally recognized journey-person certificate
  • Gain documented experience required for approval to take the A&P exam
  • Enrolling now for Summer/Fall 2023


The PSAM Aviation Maintenance Mechanic apprenticeship program consists of five 80-hour/two-week completed with the minimum possible time away from work.

The program is designed for individuals currently working as aircraft maintenance technicians who aspire to earn an FAA A&P certification using the verified work experience option.

The coursework is designed to allow participants to learn about each of the areas covered on the A&P exam. It also provides them with the opportunity to complete and be certified on tasks required by the FAA, including those they may not see in their day-to-day work experience.

Courses of Study

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


Airframe I Course

  • Metallic Structures
  • Non-Metallic Structures
  • Airframe Inspection
  • Flight controls


Airframe II Course

  • Landing gear systems
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics systems
  • Environmental Systems
  • Communications, light signals, and runway lighting systems
  • Aircraft Fuel Systems
  • Aircraft Electrical Systems
  • Ice and rain control systems
  • Airframe fire protections systems
  • Rotorcraft fundamentals
  • Water and waste systems


Powerplant I Course

  • Reciprocating engines
  • Turbine engines
  • Engine inspection


Powerplant II Course

  • Engine instrument systems
  • Engine fire protection systems
  • Engine electrical systems
  • Engine lubrication systems
  • Ignition and starting systems
  • Engine fuel and fuel metering systems
  • Reciprocating engine induction and cooling systems
  • Turbine engine air systems
  • Engine exhaust and reverser systems
  • Propellers

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.