Aviation Training Institute


At the Aviation Training Institute, you can earn your Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant certificate, and if you qualify, an associate in occupational studies degree.

Aviation Maintenance Certificate – (Airframe and Powerplant)

The Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate will give you the ability to install, build, diagnose and maintain multi-million dollar equipment and systems that power today’s transportation, energy and defense manufacturers in America. This FAA certificate is extremely valuable: In fact, most aircraft maintenance positions require it. That’s why our federally-approved program is offered at our Aviation Training Institute (ATI) and included in all maintenance-based bachelor and associate degree programs at Vaughn. This certificates takes the same amount of time as a student enrolled in the ATI and can be completed in as little as 16 months.

Associate in Occupational Studies

Students who hold a GED or high school diploma qualify for this degree program, which is specifically designed for students who wish to concentrate on the mechanical skills involved in airframe and powerplant maintenance operations. It is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as preparation for the Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate. Students gain the practical hands-on laboratory experience and develop skills in the servicing, repair, and maintenance of airframe structures and powerplants, including accessory and system components.

FAA-certified technicians are responsible for maintaining all aircraft in airworthy condition. FAA technicians also obtain positions in aircraft manufacturing and related industries. Students holding either an Airframe or Powerplant license, or who have advanced standing toward those licenses, may be eligible to enroll in academic courses while pursuing their Airframe and Powerplant certification, at the discretion of the chair of the aviation department. FAA certification requires the completion of basic skills courses in the areas of mathematics, science and technical drawing.