TSTC is committed to providing highly specialized and advanced technical education that can lead to great career opportunities. We currently offer over 100 certificate and degree programs state-wide.

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TSTC students come from more than 100 counties across the state. They arrive right out of high school, transfer from other colleges or from the workforce.

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While we are proud that TSTC's education is affordable and a high return on your investment, we realize financial aid is the only option for some students.

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At TSTC we understand your ultimate goal is a career you're passionate about and will make you the money you want to enjoy your life! Our goal is to help you be successful.

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TSTC has been providing top-quality, career-driven education for Texans for close to 50 years. The college is nationally recognized for the number and quality of our technology graduates.

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TSTC Advantage

Photo of TSTC students working on a engine in the Aviation Maintenance program.

Did you know a modern jet engine attains up to 90,000 pounds of thrust in about eight seconds flat? Or that a commercial Boeing 777 has a cruising speed of up to 600 mph?

What makes that happen? WHO makes it happen? It’s not just the pilot who flies the plane. It’s also the skilled technicians who do the crucial work behind the scenes.

In fact, it is a critical link in the field of aviation, where pilots count on mechanics to ensure the plane they fill with passengers arrives safely at its destination.

But today’s airplanes are highly complex machines that require a high degree of skills available only from well-trained professionals. And the U.S. Department of Labor notes that openings these days are mainly filled by graduates from a school certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.

That’s why Texas State Technical College is the perfect choice for those who want to break into the industry. As an Aviation Maintenance student in TSTC’s FAA-certified program (#FT8T150Q), you will learn the critical skills required to work on turbine and reciprocating engines and so much more. 

While you study and gain hands-on experience, you can prepare for testing to earn an Airframe or Powerplant rating with training in electrical and hydraulic systems, sheet metal repair and more.

Upon graduating, you’ll have the proper experience and training to land a job in this profitable industry, where average annual wages can reach $51,000 and up for professionals who really know their stuff.

What you’ll do!

  • Work on multiple types of engines to gain an extensive variety of hands-on experience and skills
  • Utilize a broad array of tools to become adept at troubleshooting problems while learning theories behind engine functions.
  • Learn from FAA-certified instructors with years of experience in an FAA-certified program (#FT8T150Q)
  • Gain real-world experience through access to industry partners who provide internships and cross-training opportunities.

TSTC’s Star Power Prep

  • 6 semesters of intensive training on a working campus airport in Waco and a Partnership airport in West Texas complete with hangars, planes and first-rate equipment
  • High-tech hands-on practice with a comprehensive training model that provides two completion paths
  • Small class size with a strong one-on-one instructional approach
  • Training and Distance Learning opportunities at TSTC’s Aerospace Center with new terminal facility, air traffic control tower, campus airport and expanded programs (to open spring 2012)
  • Experienced staff with industry training guided by an advisory board comprised of field experts

Faculty

TSTC’s Aviation Maintenance faculty members come to the college with years of professional experience in their respective aviation fields.

Led by a host of experts from civil and military aviation backgrounds, TSTC’s instructors bring a combined experience of hundreds of years in aviation training to students.

TSTC instructors are FAA-certified.

Small class size

At TSTC, Aviation Maintenance Technician classes average 20 students per class to ensure instructors have plenty of time to work with each student.

Hands-on learning

Compared to other colleges, TSTC students spend a lot less time in the classroom and much more time in hands-on activities – about 60 percent, in fact – that provide specific skills needed in the field. It’s just one of the many ways TSTC ensures you get the strong training you need to succeed in your career choice.

Advisory Committee

TSTC’s strong programs match industry needs, making it easier for graduates to obtain jobs at hiring time. The commitment advisory members make during their years of service to the college shows how highly TSTC programs are thought of by the industry.

How do we do this? As industry professionals, our advisory committee members assist the college in determining the courses you study, providing a valuable advantage. They can ensure that what we teach matches what industry is seeking.

Combined with internship opportunities with associated partners, there are compelling reasons why employers are attracted to TSTC graduates.

TSTC Job Credibility

Degree plans within the Aerospace division can provide additional job credibility through certifications, club memberships and industry partnership opportunities. For example, the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Sponsorship Program is a six-semester curriculum in which participants receive Aviation Maintenance Certification from TSTC. This program provides students the necessary skills to become Aircraft Modification Technicians.

TSTC’s aviation industry partnerships aid students in their career goals, as well provide internship opportunities where students can gain school credit and actual industry experience.


In addition to earning a degree from TSTC, graduates can build skills and credibility in the job market by earning industry certifications. Certifications are available at both Harlingen and West Texas campuses.