The Texas State Technical College (TSTC) FAST Trac Airframe and Powerplant Program was developed to prepare veterans, active service personnel and civillian trainees to become well-rounded Airframe and Powerplant Technicians with upward mobility potential. The curriculum is designed as an accelerated program of study around FAA-required curriculum. The program is designed to lead to immediate employment and answers a statewide and a nationwide need for FAA-rated Airframe and Powerplant technicians.
The program runs four days per week (including Saturdays), three hours per day over a 13-week period for a total of 160 hours of training.
Airframe and Powerplant Jobs
The nationwide job market for Airframe and Powerplant technicians is continuing to grow. Texas currently employees approximately 20 percent of all aerospace workers in the United States and hosts four airline headquarters. Trainees can readily find employment locally or can seek opportunities throughout all of Texas and the United States.
All of the training will be held on TSTC’s Abilene campus hangar located at Abilene Regional Airport. Utilizing the building’s state-of-the-art lab facilities, trainees will have access to aircraft, helicopter and tooling equipment necessary to complete both airframe and powerplant training.
Airframe and Powerplant Technician
The Airframe and Powerplant Technician accelerated program at TSTC is intensive training and prepares you for an entry-level position as an A&P technician. Technical instruction and hands-on training on aircraft systems and engine equipment gives trainees the skills necessary to begin a well-paying and rewarding career. The wide variety of skills acquired through the A&P program will be extremely beneficial since the brightest employment outlook is for generalists, not specialists.
TSTC has been providing superior skills based training programs through collaborative partnerships with business, industry, service organizations and higher education and state agencies for 50 years.
Learning Skills and Techniques
Prior to enrolling in the course, Veterans and Active Service personnel that have maintained, or are currently maintaining the Air Force’s fleet of aircraft, should possess Form 8610-2 stamped or their TBA training records showing they have been on the job for 36 months. Trainees that are not in the military will need to possess records that prove they are eligible to take the FAA authorization to test for either Airframe and/or Powerplant. Texas State Technical College’s FAST Trac Airframe and Powerplant program will provide you the knowledge, skills and experience not provided through military or civillian training that is required to obtain the civilian Aviation Maintenance Technician certificate.