Aircraft Sheet Metal

This is an entry-level pipeline program for Tinker Airforce Base. All students who successfully complete this course will be guaranteed an interview with Tinker AFB.

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About this Major

Aviation Sheet Metal focuses on teaching basic aircraft structural skills. Students spend time in the classroom learning terminology, tools, equipment, blueprint reading and shop safety before moving into the shop for hands-on experience. This second portion of the class focuses on advanced aviation sheet metal skills. Training is performed primarily on assemblies and panels, workbenches and some actual aircraft components.

Oklahoma aviation employers had drawn more aviation sheet metal mechanics from our Aviation Sheet Metal training program than any other since 2006. These materials require skilled technicians, and completing this course can help ensure your entry into a successful, growing aerospace industry.

Eligible Licensures/Certifications

Francis Tuttle Aviation Sheet Metal Certification


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense require sufficient proficiency in English language to perform official duties. This course requires all students take the *Accuplacer ESL English Assessment* before the completer can be submitted for industry employment. Students can schedule to take the Accuplacer exam after they have enrolled in the class. A passing score of 90/120 is required for industry submission. If a passing score is not met, Francis Tuttle will assess and provide additional remediation training as required. Students will then be allowed to re-test for industry career placement.

At A Glance

Open To

Adult students



Total Hours Required



  • Daytime: 12 weeks
  • Evening: 18 weeks


Daytime classes: Monday — Thursday

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


  • Noon to 4 p.m.

Evening classes: Monday — Thursday

  • 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


  • Introduction to Aviation 4 hours
  • Math 4 hours
  • Aircraft Metals & Fasteners 10 hours
  • Measurements 4 hours
  • Corrosion/Sealants 8 hours
  • Print Reading 18 hours
  • Fab Lab 180 hours
  • Workforce Readiness 12 hours

Tuition & Costs

Costs for In-State Adult Students

Licensure / Certifications

  • Francis Tuttle Aviation Sheet Metal Certification

Tuition & Fees

  • $528

Textbooks, Supplies, and Certifications (Estimated)

  • N/A

Total Estimated Costs for In-State Adult Students


Employment & Outcomes

Salary Range

$15 - $19

per hour (starting range)

Pass Rate



Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work for:

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

Aviation sheet metal