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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.

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 Sheetmetal & Composites trains students on how to properly make repairs and keep aircraft and military-grade drones 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.

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 & Composites 

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

Some previously scheduled classes have been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The classes that began before campuses were closed will remain open and students will pick up from where they left off once they are allowed to resume.

The classes scheduled for 2020-21 so far are:

  • Sept. 14 — Dec. 8, 2020 (Day)
  • Sept. 28 — Feb. 8, 2021 (Evening)
  • Jan. 4 – March 25, 2021 (Day)
  • February 22 – June 24, 2021 (Evening)
  • Classes are Monday — Thursday; Day classes are held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., while Evening classes take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Aircraft Electrician

Some Aircraft Electrician courses have been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next available classes in 2020 are:

  • July 1 – Sept. 11
  • October 12 – December 22
  • Both classes are held Monday — Friday in the evening, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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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