Train to Become an Aviation Mechanic

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Our career services teams work with hundreds of employers who turn to SJVC to fill their open positions. With job search guidance, resume review, and interview tips, we can help you become the type of person that companies want to hire.

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Located at the Airport

Our Fresno - Trades Education Center is located on the runway of Frenso-Yosemite Airport. Learn to repair airplanes in an fully functional aircraft hanger. View an interactive tour of the hanger.

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Accelerated Programs

Our programs are focused on job skill training so you get fast-paced, quality preparation for your future career. You will take courses in 5 and 10 week terms that keep you focused on the important topics.

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Earn a certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technology in as few as 17 months or an associate degree in about 22 months. 

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Over 20 Years of Aviation Career Training

SJVC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program prepares students with the skills and technical knowledge they need to perform maintenance on aircraft airframe (body) and powerplant (engine). In addition to classroom instruction, hands-on training in the hangar includes maintenance, servicing, troubleshooting, and repair of airframe and powerplant systems and components. 

Get A&P Certified by the FAA 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires extensive experience in aircraft maintenance before taking the Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Exam. SJVC's Aviation Maintenance Technology program provides you this experience so you can take the A&P Certification Exam with confidence. All necessary FAA Examinations for the A&P certificate are administered on-site. 

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3 Reasons Students Prefer SJVC

Learn repair techniques of carburetors, engine fuel metering systems and components. Engine fire detection and extinguishing, propellers and propeller controls, and engine auxiliary systems are also covered. 

Propeller Engine Systems

Jet Engine Systems

Learn to inspect, service, troubleshoot, overhaul, and repair turbine engines and supporting elements. Work with an actual jet engine inside our aircraft hangar. 

Airframe Repair

Study aircraft sheet metal fabrication including layout, drilling, and riveting. Learn about the fabrication and repair of plastics, honeycomb and bonded aluminum structure. 

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Copyright © 2019 San Joaquin Valley College®. All rights reserved. SJVC does not recruit or enroll residents of the European Union. 

Here [at SJVC], you learn in the hangar. At any point, you can put your book down, walk over to a plane and start working on it; use your hands-on technique to learn what you’re studying.” On landing a job at The Spaceship Company soon after graduation, Louis says,I was super excited because one of my dream jobs was to work in the space industry. I was jumping up and down. 

Graduate Testimonial: Aviation Maintenance Technology Program

Louis McArthur, 2016 Fresno Aviation Maintenance Technology graduate