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Texas State Technical College Course Title:  TSTC FAST Trac Airframe and Powerplant

WECM Course Title:  TSTC FAST Trac Airframe and Powerplant Program

WECM Course Rubric Number/CIP Code:  XXXX-xxxx / 47.0607 & 47.0608

Course Hours:  160 course hours (General-40/Airframe-60/Powerplant-60)

Course Description and Objectives:  Study of Federal Aviation Administration subject matter in the General, Airframe and Powerplant curricula with a focus on building knowledge of new materials, techniques and physical skills. This training is designed to provide the knowledge and skills not provided by civilian or military training and experience that is required to obtain the civilian Aviation Maintenance Technician certificate (A&P license).Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Weigh aircraft, perform weight-and-balance check, and record data and information derived from the weight and balance check.

  • Write descriptions of work performed including aircraft discrepancies corrective actions using typical aircraft maintenance records and required maintenance forms, records and inspection reports.

  • Apply information contained in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and manufacturers' aircraft maintenance specifications, data sheets, manuals and publications, and related Federal Aviation Regulations, Airworthiness Directives and Advisory material.

  • Analyze technical data and exercise mechanic privileges within the prescribed limitations.

  • Perform precision measurement procedures; identify and select non-destructive testing methods; perform non-destructive testing and heat treating procedures; identify and select aircraft hardware and materials; fabricate and install fluid lines and fittings; and inspect welds.

  • Identify principles of basic aerodynamics; identify design principles of aircraft structures; and describe the theory of flight.

  • Start, ground operate, move, service and secure aircraft; identify typical ground operation hazards and safety; inspect, identify, remove and treat aircraft corrosion.

  • Calculate and measure electrical power, voltage, current, resistance and continuity; determine the relationship of voltage, current and resistance in electrical circuits; interpret aircraft electrical circuit diagrams including solid states devices and logic functions; inspect and service batteries.

  • Repair and inspect aircraft electrical systems components; install, check and service airframe electrical wiring, controls, switches, indicators and protective devices; inspect, check, troubleshoot, service and repair alternating and direct current electrical systems.

  • Inspect, check, troubleshoot, service and repair heating, cooling, air conditioning, oxygen and pressurization systems and air cycle machines, airframe ice and rain control systems, smoke and carbon monoxide detection systems and aircraft fire detection and extinguishing systems.

  • Inspect, check, service, troubleshoot and repair aircraft fuel and management systems, fuel quantity-indicating systems, hydraulic and pneumatic systems and identify and select hydraulic fluids.

  • Inspect, service and repair landing gear, retraction systems, shock struts, brakes, wheels, tires and steering systems and service landing gear systems.

  • Select, install and remove special fasteners for metallic structures; inspect and repair sheet metal structures; install conventional rivets; form, lay out and bend sheet metal.

  • Perform airframe conformity and airworthiness inspections.

  • Rig fixed-wing aircraft; balance, rig and inspect movable primary and secondary flight control surfaces and jack aircraft.

  • Inspect, check, service and repair propeller synchronizing systems, ice control systems, fixed-pitch, constant-speed and feathering propellers and propeller governing systems and repair aluminum alloy propeller blades.

  • Identify the components of a reciprocating engine; inspect, troubleshoot, check, service and repair engine instrument systems; inspect, service and repair lubrication and exhaust systems.

  • Maintain powerplant electrical systems and components; maintain powerplant ignition, starting and fire protection systems.

  • Inspect, check, service, troubleshoot and repair engine fuel systems and components, fuel metering systems and components, reciprocating and turbine engine fuel metering systems, engine ice and rain control systems, heat exchangers, superchargers, turbine engine airflow and temperature control systems.

  • Overhaul reciprocating engines; inspect, check, service and repair reciprocating engines and engine installations.

  • Overhaul turbine engines; inspect, check and repair turbine engines.

  • Perform powerplant conformity inspections and powerplant airworthiness inspections.

 

Prerequisites:  FAA authorization to take General, Airframe and Powerplant written, oral and practical examinations.

Certification (Y/N):  No

Course Outline:

Subject AreaSubject HoursReference Materials
a. basic electricity8 FAA Handbook 8083-30; FARs, General Study Guide
b. aircraft drawings2 FAA Handbook 8083-30; FARs, General Study Guide
c. weight and balance4 FAA Handbook 8083-30; FARs, General Study Guide
d. fluid lines and fittings2 FAA Handbook 8083-30; FARs, General Study Guide
e. materials and processes3 FAA Handbook 8083-30; FARs, General Study Guide
f. ground operation and servicing3 FAA Handbook 8083-30; FARs, General Study Guide
g. cleaning and corrosion control2 FAA Handbook 8083-30; FARs, General Study Guide
h. mathematics2 FAA Handbook 8083-30; FARs, General Study Guide
i. maintenance forms and records4 FAA Handbook 8083-30; FARs, General Study Guide
j. basic physics2 FAA Handbook 8083-30; FARs, General Study Guide
k. maintenance publications6 FAA Handbook 8083-30; FARs, General Study Guide
l. mechanic privileges and limitations2 FAA Handbook 8083-30; FARs, General Study Guide
General total hours40 
Subject AreaSubject HoursReference Materials
a. wood structures1 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
b. aircraft covering1 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
c. aircraft finishes2 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
d. sheet metal and non-metallic structures12 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
e. welding2 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
f. assembly and rigging7 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
g. airframe inspection4 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
h. aircraft landing gear systems6 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
i. hydraulic and pneumatic power systems4 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
j. cabin atmosphere control systems3 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
k. aircraft instrument systems3 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
l. communication and navigation systems2 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
m. aircraft fuel systems3 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
n. aircraft electrical systems4 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
o. position and warning systems2 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
p. ice and rain control systems2 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
q. fire protection systems2 FAA Handbook 8083-31; FARs, Airframe Study Guide
Airframe total hours60 
Subject AreaSubject HoursReference Materials
a. reciprocating engines6FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
b. turbine engines5FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
c. engine inspection4FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
d. engine instrument systems3FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
e. engine fire protection systems2FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
f. engine electrical systems4FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
g. lubrication systems2FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
h. ignition and starting systems10FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
i. fuel metering systems8FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
j. engine fuel systems3FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
k. induction and engine airflow systems3FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
l. engine cooling systems2FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
m. engine exhaust and reverser systems3FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
n. propellers4FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
o. auxiliary power units1FAA Handbook 8083-32; FARs, Powerplant  Study Guide
Powerplant total hours60 
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