# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Aviation Maintenance Technology I Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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2020/2021 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Aviation Maintenance Technology I (8728/36 weeks, 280 hours)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Following Tool and Equipment Safety and Care Guidelines

  1. Follow general safety procedures with tools and equipment.
  2. Identify tools, their care and maintenance needs, functions, and handling.
  3. Demonstrate the use of hand tools and precision measuring devices in aircraft maintenance.
  4. Demonstrate electric and materials safety.

Applying Science

  1. Apply principles of physics to aviation maintenance and flight.
  2. Apply principles of chemistry to aviation maintenance and flight.
  3. Apply principles of earth science to aviation maintenance and flight.

Applying Mathematics

  1. Apply principles of mathematics to aviation maintenance, flight, and associated tasks.
  2. Extract roots and raise numbers.
  3. Determine areas and volumes of various geometrical shapes.
  4. Apply measurement skills.
  5. Solve ratio, proportion, and percentage problems.
  6. Perform algebraic equations.

Interpreting Maintenance Publications, Forms, and Records

  1. Interpret aircraft information, using FAA specifications and type certificate data sheets (TCDS).
  2. Interpret technical data.
  3. Interpret airworthiness certificates.
  4. Explain the function of supplemental type certificates (STC) and airworthiness directives (ADs).
  5. Identify various technical forms important to aviation maintenance technicians.
  6. Prepare a simple outline for a technical report.
  7. Identify the abbreviations associated with the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs).
  8. Explain the aviation mechanic privileges and limitations addressed in the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), part 43.
  9. Explain the aviation mechanic privileges and limitations addressed in the FARs, part 65.
  10. Explain the regulations for maintaining maintenance forms and records as contained in FARs, parts 43 and 91.
  11. Describe the use of Technical Standard Orders (TSOs) to complete specific maintenance tasks.
  12. Identify manufacturer’s manuals and related publications to accomplish specific maintenance tasks.
  13. Maintain record entries for a specific aviation maintenance task.
  14. Research aircraft information to determine aircraft conformity.

Exploring Airframe and Control Surfaces

  1. Explain the four forces of flight and how each affects an aircraft in straight-and-level flight.
  2. Define common terminology used in aerodynamics.
  3. Identify the five major components of an airplane.
  4. Explain how the movements of the rudder, ailerons, flaps, and elevator affect the flight path of an airplane.
  5. Explain how an airfoil’s lift and angle of attack are affected by relative wind and airspeed.
  6. Explain how relative wind, angle of attack, center of lift, and laminar flow affect the performance of an airfoil.
  7. Explain how rudder, aileron, and elevator deflection move an airplane around the center of gravity through each of the three axes of flight.
  8. Describe the role of lift, weight, drag, and thrust on a climbing, descending, and turning airplane.
  9. Describe how centrifugal force, yaw, and skid are associated with a turning aircraft.
  10. Compare rotary-winged and fixed-wing flight.
  11. Explain the functions of the control surfaces and flight controls for a rotary-winged aircraft.
  12. Explain the factors affecting air pressure around an airfoil.
  13. Explain how simple machines are used in aircraft engines, control surfaces, and cockpit controls.

Providing Ground Operations and Servicing

  1. Identify the types and uses of ground support equipment.
  2. Demonstrate the procedures for moving an aircraft on the flight line.
  3. Prepare an aircraft for outside storage.
  4. Describe the four classes of aircraft fires.
  5. Describe the physical and chemical properties of each of the four types of fire extinguishing agents.
  6. Compare fixed and portable aircraft fire extinguishers.
  7. Compare common types of aviation fuels.
  8. Describe the characteristics and properties of aviation fuels.
  9. Compare aviation gasolines and turbine engine fuels.
  10. Demonstrate the procedures for fueling and defueling.
  11. Identify aircraft fueling systems and how they are monitored in the cockpit.
  12. Identify color codes used to designate fluids in the servicing and assembly of aircraft.
  13. Convert civilian time to 24-hour (military) time and vice-versa.

Maintaining the Power Plant

  1. Demonstrate the procedures for starting a reciprocating aircraft engine.
  2. Operate the ground engine for a light aircraft.
  3. Explain the procedures for starting a turbine engine.
  4. Explain how work, power, and air density affect engine power output.
  5. Identify the cycles of a four-stroke reciprocating engine.
  6. Identify the components in the reciprocating engine ignition system.
  7. Explain the formation of carburetor ice.
  8. Explain the functions of the engine oil system and how the system is monitored in the cockpit.
  9. Explain the operation of the air cooling system and how the system is monitored in the cockpit.
  10. Explain how thrust is produced in both the fixed-pitch and constant-speed aircraft propellers and how RPM is registered on the tachometer.

Performing Basic Electricity Tasks

  1. Inspect and service batteries.
  2. Calculate and measure capacitance and inductance.
  3. Calculate and measure electrical power.
  4. Measure voltage, current, resistance, and continuity.
  5. Determine the relationship between voltage, current, and resistance in electrical circuits.
  6. Interpret aircraft electrical circuit diagrams, including solid-state devices and logic functions.

Exploring Aviation Careers

  1. Describe career patterns in the aviation maintenance technology industry.
  2. Participate in a mock interview.