The St. Philip's College Aircraft Technology Program is the primary Aerospace training resource in South Texas. The program offers traditional college courses for students seeking the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant license. It is also the only provider of customized instruction and development for business and industry, offering specialized training for new and incumbent employees. In response to labor shortages and an aging workforce, the program worked with industry and the community to create the nationally recognized Dual Credit Aerospace Academy as a feeder program for the growing aerospace presence in the Alamo region.
Population growth and rising incomes are expected to expand the airline industry, resulting in a 20% increase in the number of aircraft technicians through the year 2020 To meet that demand, St. Philip’s offers two-year degrees in Airframe Mechanics and Powerplant Mechanics
- As an Airframe Mechanic, students specialize in all phases of airframe construction and repair, receiving the in-depth training and preparation to work in the manufacture and repair of all aircraft-from small, fabric-covered airplanes to jumbo jets. Students study all phases of aircraft maintenance and repair, including training in fuel, hydraulic, pneumatic environmental control, electrical and flight control systems.
- In Powerplant Mechanics, students specialize in aircraft internal combustion, turbo jet, turbo shaft and turbo prop engines. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the operation, maintenance and repair of reciprocating and turbine aircraft engines and their associated systems. Systems training includes lubrication, carburetion, ignition, electrical, supercharging, induction, exhaust and propellers.
The St. Philip’s College Aircraft Technology program is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration to provide the required training to allow graduates to apply and test for their Airframe Mechanics license, Powerplant Mechanics license , and/or Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics license issued by the FAA.
Federal Aviation Administration
Professional Organizations & Sites of Interest
- Sole provider of health-safety and technical training for the 1,700 employee workforce at the Boeing Aerospace Support Center
- Technical training provider for ARINC, Chromalloy, Lockheed Martin, Mooney Aircraft, M-7 Aerospace, Standard Aero.
- Training in advanced aerospace manufacturing in partnership with the St. Philip’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology program and the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center at the Southwest Research Institute(TMAC)
- Aerospace Careers Exploratory center for 13 school district and community-based organizations such as the YMCA, Good Samaritan, Gary Job Corps, Bexar County Juvenile Probation Center, Youth Opportunity Program, and the Alamo Summer Bridge Program
- Department of Labor formal apprenticeship programs in Aircraft Turbine Mechanic (Lockheed Martin) and Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (Mooney)
Professional Degrees and Certificates
Credit for Experience
The Aircraft Technology Program will review student credentials for the
recommendation to award credits for a FAA Airframe and Powerplant license.
Students are required to present the original copy of the A&P license
and three years of employer verifiable aerospace work experience. Credits
awarded are limited to 13 semester credit hours for an Airframe or Powerplant
and 26 hours for an Airframe and Powerplant license. Credits awarded under the
proposed guidelines will be included and limited to the 32 semester credit hour
limit for non-traditional methods specified in the college catalog. Credits
will be posted on the transcript when the student has satisfied the 3-semester
credit hour resident requirement
Aircrafty Technology Program at St. Philip’s College offers program instruction
in English only.
Aircraft Technology Program Physical/Health Requirements
Finger and Manual dexterity
Ability to climb a step ladder or use a step stool, balance, stoop, kneel, and
lift heavy loads (20 lbs.), reach over objects.
Near visual acuity and depth perception
Visual Color Discrimination -- The ability to match or detect differences
between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Note: Students with special needs
must register with the Disability Resource Center prior to the beginning of
In this department, the orientation of the offerings is
toward immediate entry into the labor force with a marketable skill. Graduates
of these programs can receive either the Associate of Applied Science Degree or
a Certificate of Completion. The objective of the department is to provide the
student with an education which both satisfies entry level skill requirements
and furnishes a foundation on which career advancement can be based