If you can turn a wrench, we can turn your career upward.

Give your career lift when you learn how to make birds fly. Earn an A&P certificate from the FAA. Join our graduates earning high wages and benefits at respected aviation companies in Wichita plus Disney World, NASCAR, wind farms, railroads, cruise ships and other local and global employers who ask to hire our grads. WATC costs less and offers a modern 220, 000 square foot facility. Apply now and get your career off the ground. Classes start in August. 

Program Features

This program meets the requirements for students to take the exam for the airframe and powerplant mechanic certificate. The certificate authorizes the holder to approve aircraft that has undergone inspection or maintenance “for return to service”. This curriculum is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Graduates from this program are in demand not only in the field of aviation but in other fields that require a high degree of mechanical knowledge.

Within the Aviation Maintenance program, we offer:

Program AAS TC COC
Aviation Maintenance Technology AAS
Aviation Maintenance Technology – Airframe TC
Aviation Maintenance Technology – Powerplant TC
Avionics Technology AAS TC COC

These programs use courses with ITL content as classroom enhancements.

WATC Aviation graduates have gone on to work at leading industries, such as:

Eagle Med Cessna Service Center
Lockheed Martin Spirit Aerosystems
American Eagle Learjet
Mid-Corporation Aviation and many more!

Admission Requirements

Program Checklist


WATC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a Kansas Board of Regents Institution.

Students interested in these programs may be eligible to apply for financial aid.

The National Center for Aviation Training

Managed by Wichita Area Technical College (WATC), the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) is the world’s premier facility for the development of a skilled aviation manufacturing workforce. Additionally, a portion of the space is utilized by Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). Located in Wichita, KS, the Air Capital of the World, NCAT was built by Sedgwick County in 2010 and boasts 220,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art training labs and classrooms.