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Aerospace Academy


Why join the Alamo Area Aerospace Academy?

Powerful Training - Students receive technical training in airframe and powerplant mechanics for careers in aerospace maintenance.

Paid Industry Internships - approximately $2,500 in a paid internship between the junior and senior year.

Training Sites - St. Philip's College Southwest Campus and Floresville High School

Choices - 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.

Established Industry - 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.


Aerospace Academy Criteria


Students interested in attending the Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Academy program must meet the following admission requirements:

1. Junior class standing to include completion of all required courses toward high school graduation plan.

2. Completion of 13 credits by end of sophomore year and be at least 16 years old by start of fall class.

3. Completion of Academy Application with required signatures and forms.

4. Copy of current Academic Achievement Record (AAR)/Official High School Transcript with an official raised seal and one copy of the daily attendance report for the current school year.

5. Students must be passing all high school classes with a “C” or higher. Special emphasis will be placed on the following classes: Algebra I, Geometry, and English.

6. Complete Apply Texas Application on-line – Please call your coordinator for specific instructions. You will need to submit your Apply Texas ID number to the coordinator.  This will generate a   Banner ID that you will need to use as your ID number for your Accuplacer or THEA.

7. Complete all sections of Accuplacer or THEA: Reading, English (w/ Essay), and Math. Must meet all College Dual Credit and Program minimum placement test score requirements in Math, Reading, and English. Students must pass one section in Accuplacer or THEA to qualify for the Alamo Aerospace Academy. 

Accuplacer Minimum Placement Scores  

Math: 63 

Reading: 78 

English: 80 in Sentence Skills with a score of 5 in Essay, or a score of 6 or higher in Essay.


THEA Minimum Placement Scores  

Math: 38 

Reading: 41

English: 220 and WSAM 3


  • There is a $29.00 fee for the exam. Student must provide a photo ID and social security number at the time of testing.  Please contact college testing centers directly to schedule testing and to get testing instructions.
  • There is a practice website at  that you can use to preview the THEA IBT or for Accuplacer.
  • You will receive a printout of Accuplacer or THEA test scores that you can submit to the Coordinator for your Academy program.
  • You may contact one of the following testing centers to schedule the THEA: 
St. Philip's College 210-486-2830
Southwest Campus 210-486-7281
Northwest Vista College 210-486-4346
Palo Alto College 210-486-3444
San Antonio College 210-486-0444
Northeast Lakeview College 210-486-5401
Center Texas Technology Center 210-431-7111


8. Consult with your high school counselor to determine eligibility to participate in the Alamo Academies and update your graduation plan. 

Aerospace Academy Curriculum

Alamo Area Aerospace Academy
Certificate of Completion: Aircraft Turbines Mechanic or Aircraft Structures Mechanic
AERM 1303 SHOP PRACTICES (3-2-3)  
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. Emphasis on procedures for testing, heat-treating, and inspection of aircraft structures.
Spring Semester 1st Year (4 courses / 9 credits)  
A course in the use and understanding of the Federal Aviation Administration and aircraft manufacturer’s publications, forms, and records; and the exercise of mechanic privileges within prescribed limitations.
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.
An introductory course in fuels, servicing methods and procedures, aircraft movement, securing and operations of aircraft, external power equipment, aircraft cleaning, and corrosion control.
POFT 1220 Job Search Skills (2-2-0)  
A course to provide students with the necessary skills to seek and obtain employment in business and industry.
Summer Semester 1st Year (1 course / 4 credits)  
AERM 2486 Internship – Aircraft Mechanic (4-0-20)  
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 credits hours.  
Fall Semester 2nd Year (2 courses / 6 credits)  
A study of aircraft electrical systems and their requirements including use of ammeter; voltmeter; 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, including solid state devices and logic functions.
A study of the inspection and repair of composite, fiberglass, honeycomb, and laminated structural materials including doors, windows, bonded structures, and interior furnishings.
Spring Semester 2nd Year (2 courses / 6 credits) – Choose Structures or Turbines Track
Aircraft Structures Mechanic:   
A course in the use and care of various covering materials, finishes, and wood structures including approved methods and procedures.
A course in inspection and repair of sheet metal structures including forming, layout, and bending of sheet metal and identification, selection, and installation of rivets and fasteners.
Aircraft Turbines Mechanic:  
Theory, history, and servicing of turbine engines including lubrication, instrumentation, auxiliary power units, and exhaust systems.
Topics address inspection, disassembly, re-assembly, and replacement of gas turbine engines, sections, and components as well as operational troubleshooting and analysis.
Second Year Total Program of Studies:  4 courses and 12 credits hours.  
Two Year Program of Studies:  12 courses and 33 credits hours.  

Did You Know?

San Antonio became the birthplace of 
military aviation on March 2, 1910 when
Lt. Benjamin Foulois assembled and
flew a Wright Brothers aircraft at Ft. 
Sam Houston