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The Aviation College at Snead State

The Aviation College at Snead State offers two Associate in Applied Science degree programs: Airframe Technology, which focuses on maintenance of aircraft frames, and Power Plant Technology, which focuses on aircraft engine maintenance.

As students are earning their AAS degree, they can also complete credits to earn a Certificate in Airframe Technology or Power Plant Technology or a Short-Term Certificate in Aircraft Structures, General Aviation or Reciprocating Engines.

Airframe Technology

The Airframe Technology program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written, oral, and practical examinations required for certification as an aviation maintenance technician with an airframe endorsement.

FAA certification is normally required to begin a career as an aviation maintenance technician.

Power Plant Technology

The Power Plant Technology program certification gives aviation maintenance professionals the additional credential and provides expanded employment opportunities in the aviation industry, leading to higher earnings and greater career possibilities. The Aviation College at Snead State provides the industry-relevant training, so students can quickly earn this important FAA certification and begin a lifelong career in the high-demand, high-income aviation industry.

Snead State partners with the University of Alabama in Huntsville to provide transfer opportunities in aviation.


Jovina Lowery


(256) 571-0623

Eric McFerrin


(256) 571-0624

Nicholas Sauls

Director of the Aviation College

(205) 359-2443

Careers & Salaries

Airframe Technology

With a degree in Airframe Technology, students can find jobs at regional and national commercial airlines, in general aviation, or with government and military agencies.

With a FAA Airframe Mechanics certification, students can pursue a career as an:

The earning potential for careers in the Airframe Technology field is $14-$17 hourly.

Power Plant Technology

Snead State’s Aviation Power Plant Technology program trains you to work not only on all aircraft types but also in businesses and industries such as amusement parks. Medical equipment device manufacturers seek aircraft mechanics for employment due to the advanced level of training and safety awareness.

Entry-level Aviation Maintenance positions have an earning potential of $15-$23 hourly.