Airframe & Powerplant Technology Program Information
The Mohawk Valley Community College Airframe and Powerplant Technology Program strives to be a leading institution for aviation maintenance technology education by focusing on student, community, and employer needs.
The MVCC program is structured as a full-time, one-year training program. Full-time attendance is mandatory for each of the program’s three semesters, and enrollment is limited to 25 new students each semester. The program typically enrolls new students in May, August, and January.
Students gain hands-on experience with real equipment and aircraft. Based on MVCC’s Rome, N.Y., campus, the majority of instruction takes place in the college’s state-of-the-art aviation training center, located on the flight line of Griffiss International Airport. The center is about a half-mile from the full-service Rome Campus, which offers advising, financial aid, dining, and other student services.
Aviation students are surrounded by MVCC’s fleet of operational aircraft, which includes a Boeing 727-100, 2 Gulfstream GII business jets, a twin engine Cessna 310, Piper PA-28-140, OH-58 Helicopter, and a variety of additional airframes as well as General Electric, Pratt & Whitney, and Allison/Rolls Royce jet engines, Lycoming and Continental reciprocating engines, and other aircraft equipment and simulators.
Aviation maintenance techs enjoy many career options. Technicians held some 140,000 jobs in 2008, and industry growth will require up to 650,000 new technicians through 2026. Starting salaries average $34,000 annually, and A&P technicians work for major airlines, aerospace manufacturing, aircraft MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) companies, U.S. Armed Forces, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Upon graduation and certification, some successful students can walk right down the flight line to jobs within the Griffiss International Airport complex. For more on job prospects, see http://www.bls.gov/ooh/.
How to get started
Call MVCC’s Airframe and Powerplant Technology Program Director, Walt Constantini, at (315) 338-7826 for more details and application information. Prospective students file a standard MVCC Application for Admission, available here or at any MVCC campus. You may also wish to contact the Admissions Office at MVCC at (315) 792-5354, or the Airframe & Powerplant Coordinator at MVCC’s Rome Campus at (315) 334-7727. There are special application requirements related to this program, including an interview with the program director.