Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon Portland Community College

CCOG for AMT 211 Fall 2022

View archive version »
Course Number:
AMT 211
Course Title:
Composite Structures
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:

Course Description

Covers modern bonded structures such as honeycomb and laminated components. Includes discussion of inspection and limited repairs to wood structures. Examines methods of removing finishes, corrosion proofing and painting aircraft and aircraft components. Includes inspection and recovering operations for fabric covered aircraft. Prerequisites: AMT 102, AMT 203, AMT 204, AMT 105, AMT 106, and AMT 107. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is part of a Program designed to meet some of the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for certification of Aviation Mechanics, and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Upon completion of the Program the student should be able to:

1. Meet the identified Degree and Certificate Outcomes identified in the document found at

http://www.pcc.edu/resources/academic/degree-outcome/amt.html as appropriate for coursework level completed.

2. Successfully complete FAA Knowledge testing, in a written test format, as identified in the document:    


3. Successfully complete FAA Knowledge and Skill testing, in an oral and practical test format, as identified in the following documents, as appropriate:

a.       FAA-S-8081-26 -AVIATION MECHANIC GENERAL - Practical Test Standards

b.      FAA-S-8081-27 – AVIATION MECHANIC AIRFRAME – Practical Test Standards

c.       FAA-S-8081-28 – AVIATION MECHANIC POWERPLANT – Practical Test Standards

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of this Course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify the materials, processes and procedures for the design, manufacture, inspection, and repair of wood structures, plastic components, and composite structures.
  • Fabricate, and perform repairs to, plastic components and composite structures.
  • Understand the criteria for selecting special fastener systems used in composite structures.
  • Identify various approved aircraft fabric covering processes, materials, and inspection procedures.
  • Select and apply aircraft finishing materials; inspect finishes and identify defects; and identify requirements for registration markings.

Course Activities and Design

Lecture/discussion/demonstration sessions and lab projects, supported by written instructional materials, will present to the student background knowledge needed at entry level for related aviation maintenance employment, and to perform the written, oral, and practical tests which are required for FAA certification of Aviation Mechanics. The assignment of four credit hours to this course indicates that students will be involved with the course content for approximately 120 hours. Class participants will be expected to invest time outside of the official scheduled class hours in their efforts to master the course content. For this course to be creditable toward the FAA authorized Certificate of Completion, the total hours recorded for the course must not be less than 90% of the hours offered during the module (typically 90 hours). Material missed by students during allowed absence will be made available to them in one or more ways, as selected by the instructor. The student is responsible for checking with the instructor following any absence, and for accessing the missed material that is made available.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation methods include written and oral testing, attendance and class participation, and satisfactory completion of class projects. Evaluation levels will be at least those defined in 14 CFR Part 147 Appendices and in this Course Content & Outcome Guide. A letter grade of “C” (minimum 76%) or higher is required for this course to be creditable toward the FAA authorized Certificate of Completion.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

A. Wood Structures

  • Service and repair wood structures.
  • Identify wood defects.
  • Inspect wood structures.

B. Aircraft Covering

  • Select and apply fabric and fiberglass covering materials.
  • Inspect, test, and repair fabric and fiberglass.

C. Aircraft Finishes

  • Apply trim, letters and touch-up paint.
  • Identify and select aircraft finishing materials.
  • Apply finishing materials.
  • Inspect finishes and identify defects.

D. Sheet Metal and Non-Metallic Structures

  • Select, install, and remove special fasteners for metallic, bonded, and composite structures.
  • Inspect bonded structures.
  • Inspect, test and repair fiberglass, plastics, honeycomb, composite, and laminated primary and secondary structures.
  • Inspect, check, service, and repair windows, doors, and interior furnishings.