Aerospace Academy

Earn FREE College Credits

Earn a college certificate and national industry certificate at no cost!

Paid Industry Internships

Approximately $3,000 in a paid internship between the junior and senior year.

Training Site

St. Philip’s College Southwest Campus

Hands-On Learning

Students explore specific career paths and acquire unique skills in aerospace industry.

Established Industry Support

The impact of the aerospace industry in San Antonio is almost $4 billion. Over 9,400 workers are employed with $479 million annual payroll. (Source: Greater SA Chamber of Commerce study)

Increasing Need – The industry has grown 20% since 2005 and has doubled in size over the past decade.


After graduation, students will be prepared for aerospace industry jobs. They can continue training toward a FAA license or use their college credits toward further education at the college level.

High Pay

Salaries at the local aerospace companies starting over $10/hour up to $15/hour with additional schooling and experience.

  • Has grown 20%



Aerospace Academy – Program of Studies Curriculum

Earning an Occupational Skills Award and a Level 1 Certificate of Completion
Aircraft Technology Occupational Skills Award (OSA)
Level 1 Certificate of Completion in Aircraft Turbine Mechanic or Level 1 Certificate of Completion in Aircraft Structures Mechanic

First Year

Fall Semester 1st Year
(3 courses / 8 credits)

AERM 1201 Introduction to Aviation
2 credits

An overview of aviation maintenance including the history of aviation, the mechanic’s roles and duties, and nomenclature of aircrafts and safety.

AERM 1315 Aviation Science
3 credits

Fundamentals of mathematics, physics, and drawing as they apply to aircraft principles and operations as required by the Federal Aviation Administration for airframe and power plant mechanics.

AERM 1303 Shop Practice
3 credits

An introduction to the correct use of hand tools and equipment and precision measurement; identification of aircraft hardware and the fabrication of fluid lines and tubing. Also this course will emphasize procedures for testing, heat treating, and inspection of aircraft structures. Fundamentals of Safety will also be addressed.

Spring Semester 1st Year
(4 courses / 9 credits)

AERM 1208 Federal Aviation Regulations
2 credits

A course in the use and understanding of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aircraft manufacturers’ publications, forms, and records; and the exercise of mechanic privileges within prescribed limitations.

AERM 1205 Weight and Balance
2 credits

An introduction to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required subjects relating to the weighing of aircraft, the performance of weight and balance calculations, and appropriate maintenance of record entries.

AERM 1310 Ground Operations
3 credits

An introductory course in aircraft servicing methods and procedures for fluids (fuels, oil, hydraulic fluid), aircraft movement, securing and operations of aircraft, external power equipment, aircraft cleaning, and corrosion control. Fundamentals of safety will also be addressed.

POFT 1220 Job Search Skills
2 credits

Skills to seek and obtain employment in business and industry.

Summer Semester 1st Year
(1 courses / 4 credits)

AERM 2486 Internship -Airframe Mechanics & Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician
4 credits

A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer.

First Year Total Program of Studies: 8 Courses and 21 Credit hours

Second Year

Fall Semester 2nd Year
(2 courses / 6 credits)

AERM 1414 Basic Electricity
4 credit

A study of aircraft electrical systems and their requirements including use of ammeter, voltmeter, and ohmmeter; series and parallel circuits; inductance and capacitance; magnetism; converting alternating current (AC) to direct (DC); controlling devices; maintenance and servicing of aircraft batteries; and reading and interpreting aircraft electrical diagrams to include solid state devices and logic functions. Fundamentals of safety will also be addressed.

AERM 1254 Aircraft Composites
2 credits

Comprehensive concepts of the inspection and repair of composite, fabric, core, and laminated structural materials including doors, windows, bonded structures, and interior furnishings. Safety procedures to include the handling and storage of composite materials will also be addressed.

Spring Semester 2nd Year

(2 courses / 5 credits – Structures or
2 courses / 6 credits – Turbines)

Choose Structures or Turbines Track

AERM 1241 Wood, Fabric and Finishes
2 credits

A study in the use and care of various covering materials, finishes, and structures to include approved methods and safety procedures.

AERM 1352 Aircraft Sheet Metal
3 credits

Skill development in inspection and repair of sheet metal structures including forming, lay out, and bending of sheet metal and identification, selection, and installation of rivets and fasteners. Fundamentals of safety procedures also addressed.

AERM 1351 Aircraft Turbine Engine Theory
3 credits

General principles of theory, history, and servicing of turbine engines to include lubrication, instrumentation, auxiliary power units, and exhaust systems. Fundamentals of safety procedures are also addressed.

AERM 2351 Aircraft Turbine Engine Overhaul
3 credits

A comprehensive study in inspection, disassembly, reassembly, and replacement of gas turbine engines, sections, and components including operational troubleshooting, analysis, and safety.


Second Year Total Program of Studies: 4 Courses and 12 Credit hours for Turbine or 11 Credit hours for Structures

Total Program of Studies: 12 Courses and 33 Credit hours for Turbine or 32 Credit hours for Structures at Alamo Colleges – St. Philip’s College

Aerospace Academy Curriculum & Pathways

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Students interested in attending the Aerospace Curriculum program should complete the “Apply Now” section of our website.
Students may also contact the Alamo Academies at (210) 485-0811.