The program is housed in two hangars built at Felts Field Airport specifically for this program. Hangar space includes large classrooms and
a wide variety of teaching aids including starters, carburetors, magnetos, landing gear components, and complete aircraft.
Students use aircraft parts and project boards to learn basics of electricity, hydraulics, air conditioning, and other aircraft systems.
They also gain a well-rounded education working with a variety of aircraft, from a Cessna 150, 310, 337, and 421 to a turbine-powered North
American T-39A Sabreliner. The program provides a limited opportunity for students to work on "live" aircraft - aircraft that will fly again.
This is an opportunity very few schools can offer.
Once enrolled, students are required to provide a basic set of hand tools for use in the shop. Tools cost between $1,000 and $1,500. The Federal
Aviation Administration requires individuals to complete 1,900 hours of training at an FAA-certified school before they can take the FAA
certification exam for airframe and powerplant mechanics. (Airframe covers the aircraft structure, and powerplant covers the engines.) The
A&P license allows mechanics to work on any American registered aircraft from single-engine airplanes to large commercial jet aircraft.
SCC's curriculum, which is approved by the FAA, allows students to complete these requirements in six quarters. Students take approximately
20 credits each quarter and attend classes six hours a day, five days a week. They graduate with entry-level skills in the repair,
maintenance, inspection, and overhaul of aircraft components and systems.
All courses in this program meet FAA requirements.