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Aerospace Technologies

Our highly-rated Aerospace program guides individuals to successful careers and drives Oklahoma's advancements in the aerospace industry. See what Aerospace at Francis Tuttle can do for you.


Since 2006, Oklahoma aviation employers have drawn more certified, trained professionals from our program than any other. Employers know the students emerging from our programs are well-prepared and ready for any challenge that comes their way.

Francis Tuttle offers multiple programs for people interested in entering or advancing in the aerospace industry. Aircraft Sheet Metal trains students on how to properly make repairs and keep aircraft reliable for pilots, passengers and cargo. Through a mix of classroom instruction and hands-on learning in our Aviation Sheet Metal and Composites lab in Northwest Hall, students learn advanced aircraft structural skills.

Composites and Fabrication Repair introduces students to several materials used within aerospace and other applicable industries. The training covers the operation of applicable tools, supplies and necessary equipment and explores the various processes of composite material fabrication and maintenance.

The Aircraft Electrician program focuses on teaching basic aviation electrical theory and operations. The first portion of this class is spent in the classroom learning aircraft terminology, tools and equipment, blueprint reading, and shop safety. Training then moves to hands-on applications where students complete a series of individual aircraft electrician projects designed to develop and reinforce basic skills.

Students in both programs will receive a Francis Tuttle certificate of completion. Both programs have a 75% attendance policy.

Through these programs and the expansion of offered courses, Francis Tuttle is also expanding aerospace career opportunities within Oklahoma!

Aircraft Sheet Metal 

Multiple Sheetmetal & Composites classes are run at once with overlapping schedules, and as a result new classes often start every two months. Tuition is $528 per trainee.

The classes scheduled for 2021 so far are:

  • Reno Campus: July 12 - Oct. 25 | Noon to 4 p.m. | Monday through Thursday
  • Reno Campus: July 12 - Oct. 25 | 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Monday through Thursday
  • Rockwell Campus: Aug. 2 to Oct. 11 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Monday through Thursday

Aircraft Electrician

We're working to bring more Aircraft Electrician course opportunities to the community. Tuition is $528 per trainee.

Classes scheduled for 2021 so far are:

  • Rockwell Campus: July 5 - Oct. 19 | 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Monday through Thursday

Composite Fabrication & Repair

Composites classes will be scheduled throughout the year as the become available. Tuition is $330 per trainee.

The next class is scheduled for:

  • Rockwell Campus: Aug. 16 to Sept. 20 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Monday through Friday


Employment Opportunities

Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) companies that serve airlines, general aviation and military aircraft.

About this Occupation

The safe operation of aircraft begins with the proper construction and repairs to the structures and systems that power them. Metal structural repairs on aircraft must be made according to the best available techniques, because improper repair techniques can pose an immediate or potential danger. The workmanship that goes into aircraft repairs has a significant impact on its reliability. Aircraft electricians are specially trained to install, troubleshoot, and maintain the complex electrical systems that operate an aircraft and the wiring that connects to those systems. The safety and reliability of an aircraft depends on the quality of workmanship an aircraft electrician will conduct, as improper installation or maintenance techniques can pose an immediate or potential danger.

$11.7 billion

Industrial output of the state's aerospace industry, according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce