Our Airframe and Powerplant Technician training program is designed so students can get trained in 18 months and get prepared to apply and test for Airframe and Powerplant Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.

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Our Airframe and Powerplant Technician training program is designed so students can get trained in 18 months and get prepared to apply and test for Airframe and Powerplant Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.

Aviation Mechanic School in Long Beach, CA

Get aviation maintenance training in just 18 months.


When searching for aviation mechanic schools in California, look no further than Universal Technical Institute’s Long Beach campus! Coming soon pending regulatory approvals, our aviation mechanic program offers hands-on learning in state-of-the-industry labs, experienced instructors and a central location in Long Beach. In just 18 months, you could be prepared to pursue an entry-level career in the aviation industry.1


Airframe and powerplant maintenance can be a great career path for those who are mechanically inclined and have an eye for detail.

With our Airframe & Powerplant Technician training program, students can get trained in 18 months and get prepared to apply and test for Airframe and Powerplant Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification.79

What Makes Aviation Mechanic Training Different With Us?

  • Connections with employers1
  • Complete the program in just 18 months
  • No prior experience needed
  • Hands-on learning that mirrors real-world experience18


No prior experience is needed with the Airframe & Powerplant Technician program at UTI Long Beach! Our courses are designed to build your knowledge from the ground up. Here are some highlights of courses students take (course titles and descriptions are subject to change):

Materials and Processes

Students learn to identify, properly select and use a variety of aircraft hardware and materials used for repair and maintenance. Students learn how to inspect and check welds, and how to perform precision measurements.

Fluid Lines and Fittings

Students acquire knowledge and skills based on standard industry practices relating to fabrication and the repair of rigid and flexible fluid lines used in various aircraft systems.

Basic Sheetmetal

Students receive a general introduction to the FAA’s requirements for sheet metal fabrication and repair. Industry standard practices like de-burring metal to prevent cracking and failure are included. This class includes instruction on special fasteners, layouts, bends in sheet metal, forming and stressed skin repairs.

Advanced Sheetmetal

Students develop advanced skills and techniques used in the workplace. This course includes advanced hardware like Hi-LokTM and Taper-LockTM fasteners.

Navigation and Communication Systems

This course is a study of aircraft navigation, communication, approach control systems and autopilot. The course includes inspection, installation, service and FAA regulations.

Reciprocating Engine and Instrument Systems

Students learn to troubleshoot, service, and repair electrical and mechanical fluid rate-of-flow indicating systems, as well as how to inspect, check, service, troubleshoot, and repair electrical and mechanical engine temperature, pressure, and rpm-indicating systems.

Other courses include:

  • Human Factors, Math & Basic Physics
  • Basic Electricity I & II
  • Drawings, FARs and Ground Control
  • Non-Metallic Structures and Repair
  • Non-Metallic Structures and Aircraft Finishes
  • Assembly & Rigging; Fuel Systems
  • Airframe Electrical I & II
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics; Landing Gear Systems
  • Airframe Environmental Systems and Airframe Inspections
  • Reciprocating Engine Ignition Systems
  • Reciprocating Engine Fuel Metering System, Induction, Exhaust
  • Powerplant Lubrication and Propellers
  • Reciprocating Engine Inspection and Overhaul
  • Powerplant Fire Protection, Reciprocating AD Research and Troubleshooting
  • Turbine Designs and Operations
  • Turbine Engine Accessories
  • Turbine Inspection, Overhaul and Maintenance
  • Turbine Engine Instruments and Troubleshooting


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for aviation maintenance technicians in the Long Beach area was $79,260 in May 2021.57 This means half earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area.

There are many potential career paths in the aviation industry. Most of our grads start out working as entry-level technicians or in other entry-level roles. As with any industry, over time, you may be able to advance in your career with hard work. Some entry-level and advanced roles could include:77

Courses in our Airframe and Powerplant Technician program are designed to build students’ knowledge from the ground up.


  • Aviation Technician
  • Turbine Technician
  • Field Technician


  • Aircraft Restorer
  • Helicopter Mechanic
  • Avionics Technician
  • Aircraft Mechanical Installer
  • Aircraft Electrical Installer
  • Aircraft Structural/Sheetmetal Mechanic

Photo from MIAT College of Technology campus. Program coming soon pending regulatory approvals to UTI Long Beach.

How long does it take to become an A&P mechanic?

Nov 22, 2022, 13:02 PM
The length depends on the school and program you choose. With UTI’s Airframe & Powerplant Technician program, you could get trained for an entry-level role in the industry in just 18 months!
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Long Beach is a bustling city near beautiful beaches, and our campus is in close proximity to Long Beach Airport. It’s also located near Los Angeles, home to the fifth busiest international airport in the country, making the UTI Long Beach campus a great place to train and pursue a career. Plus, the program at UTI Long Beach is designed for students to complete aviation mechanic training in just 18 months, so you can feel confident pursuing a career in an industry you’re passionate about.


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