Snead State Community College’s Aviation Program Receives FAA Approval to Offer PowerPlant Technology


Snead State Community College received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to expand the offerings of its new Aviation Program. 

After a visit from FAA representatives on Thursday, Aug. 8, the Aviation College was approved to add PowerPlant Technology to the aviation curriculum, which also includes Airframe Technology.

“The FAA’s approval marks the first time in the program’s history that it is a complete Airframe and PowerPlant program. We’re excited to have reached this milestone. It has taken a lot of hard work and preparation to reach this goal, but we’re pleased to offer this additional opportunity for students,” said Snead State President Dr. Robert Exley.

The PowerPlant program will train students to work on aircraft engines, equipping students with the knowledge and skills to take the Federal Aviation Administration’s exam to be certified as an aviation maintenance technician. Snead State is already enrolling students in the PowerPlant program for the Fall semester, which begins Aug. 20.

“We are very excited to be able to offer the full A&P program at Snead State. Students will get the full program which will make them more marketable when applying for Aviation jobs,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Annette Cederholm.

Snead State celebrated the launch of the new Aviation Program in May with a special event held at the Aviation College, located by the Albertville Regional Airport. The program previously operated under Enterprise State Community College and only offered the Airframe Technology component, which trains students on repair of all aspects of an aircraft with the exception of the engine. Engine repair training falls under the PowerPlant Technology curriculum. 

Anyone interested in enrolling in the Aviation Program may visit or contact the Aviation College at or (256) 571-0623.

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