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College: Honolulu Community College
Program did not provide date of the last comprehensive review.
Program Mission: The Aeronautics Maintenance & Technology program’s mission is to:
• Provide students with the opportunity to gain the documented knowledge and experience to qualify for certification as aircraft mechanics as required by Part 65 and in the manner prescribed by Part 147 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, as approved by the Honolulu Flight Standards District Office.
• Enable students to attain their personal educational goals by becoming highly qualified aviation maintenance technicians, meeting the needs of the aviation industry and thereby promoting safety in aviation.
• Provide specialized training as necessary for prospective aircraft technicians and industry.
The Aeronautics Maintenance Department is an approved aviation maintenance technician training facility operating under Federal Aviation Administration Air Agency Certificate No. DI9T087R with Airframe, Powerplant, and combined Airframe and Powerplant ratings. It is the only such school in the Pacific Basin. Students enrolling in the Aeronautics program have three choices as outlined below.
1. Certificate of Achievement in Aviation Maintenance Technician Certification: This program consists of the General Maintenance curriculum of 500 hours, the Airframe Maintenance curriculum of 750 hours, and the Powerplant Maintenance curriculum of 750 hours which meets the FAR Part 147 minimum required total of 1900 hours of theory and laboratory instruction in four (4) semesters and an additional semester of General Education courses. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to students completing the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certification program, upon application.
2. Associate in Science Degree in Aeronautics Maintenance Technology is awarded to students who complete the additional General Education requirements as well as the General, Airframe, and Powerplant Maintenance curricula as outlined under the Certificate program.
3. Transfer Option to prepare for the Completion of the Aviation Systems Management Degree in a 4-year program. Contact Brian Isaacson for details.
Majors Included: AERO Program CIP: 47.0608
|Demand Indicators||Program Year||Demand Health Call|
|1||New & Replacement Positions (State)||21||16||50||Healthy|
|2||*New & Replacement Positions (County Prorated)||19||14||38|
|3||*Number of Majors||49.5||61.5||77|
|3a||Number of Majors Native Hawaiian||5||7||17|
|3d||Fall Part-Time who are Full-Time in System||0%||2%||2%|
|3g||Spring Part-Time who are Full-Time in System||0%||3%||1%|
|4||SSH Program Majors in Program Classes||1,015||1,043||931|
|5||SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes||14||0||42|
|6||SSH in All Program Classes||1,029||1,043||973|
|7||FTE Enrollment in Program Classes||34||35||32|
|8||Total Number of Classes Taught||8||10||14|
|Efficiency Indicators||Program Year||Efficiency Health Call|
|9||Average Class Size||18.4||14.9||12.2||Cautionary|
|11||FTE BOR Appointed Faculty||3||3||3|
|12||*Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty||16.5||20.5||25.6|
|13||Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty||23.9||23.7||22.6|
|13a||Analytic FTE Faculty||2.1||2.6||3.4|
|14||Overall Program Budget Allocation||$389,126||$345,542||$448,650|
|14a||General Funded Budget Allocation||$386,062||$330,756||$396,604|
|14b||Special/Federal Budget Allocation||$0||$0||$0|
|14c||Tuition and Fees||$0||$14,786||$52,046|
|15||Cost per SSH||$378||$331||$461|
|16||Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes||0||2||6|
|*Data element used in health call calculation||Last Updated: January 27, 2014|
|Effectiveness Indicators||Program Year||Effectiveness Health Call|
|17||Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher)||18%||49%||42%||Unhealthy|
|18||Withdrawals (Grade = W)||0||2||7|
|19||*Persistence Fall to Spring||71.1%||82.4%||73.1%|
|19a||Persistence Fall to Fall||33.3%|
|20||*Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded||1||3||6|
|20b||Certificates of Achievement Awarded||0||1||0|
|20c||Advanced Professional Certificates Awarded||0||0||0|
|20d||Other Certificates Awarded||0||0||0|
|21||External Licensing Exams Passed||100%||100%|
|22||Transfers to UH 4-yr||1||1||0|
|22a||Transfers with credential from program||0||0||0|
|22b||Transfers without credential from program||1||1||0|
Completely On-line Classes
|23||Number of Distance Education Classes Taught||0||0||0|
|24||Enrollments Distance Education Classes||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|26||Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|27||Withdrawals (Grade = W)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|28||Persistence (Fall to Spring Not Limited to Distance Education)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Perkins IV Core Indicators
|29||1P1 Technical Skills Attainment||90.00||69.23||Not Met|
|30||2P1 Completion||50.00||7.69||Not Met|
|31||3P1 Student Retention or Transfer||74.25||60.00||Not Met|
|32||4P1 Student Placement||60.00||58.33||Not Met|
|33||5P1 Nontraditional Participation||17.00||6.78||Not Met|
|34||5P2 Nontraditional Completion||15.25||50.00||Met|
|Performance Funding||Program Year|
|35||Number of Degrees and Certificates||6|
|36||Number of Degrees and Certificates Native Hawaiian||1|
|37||Number of Degrees and Certificates STEM||Not STEM|
|38||Number of Pell Recipients||37|
|39||Number of Transfers to UH 4-yr||0|
|*Data element used in health call calculation||Last Updated: January 27, 2014|
Overall, the AERO program continues to improve although it is still maintaining a Cautionary status. The job outlook forecast still remains positive and the projected number of new jobs and replacement positions are expected to grow in the next decades. Aviation periodicals quote Boeing and others sources that as many as 650,000 new mechanics will be needed world-wide by the year 2030. Locally, Hawaiian Airlines tells us they need more mechanics, Aloha Air Cargo is planning an apprentice system to guarantee the number of mechanics they will have available, and every member of our Advisory Committee tells us that they are having trouble finding people to hire, and expect to do so in the coming months and years. From what we can tell, it would appear that the State supplied New and Replacement Positions (item 1) may be off by as much as a factor of three. The number of Aero Majors (item 3) has increased since the previous year from 61.5 to 77 although our Fill Rate (item 10) has dropped (59.6 to 41.3%) due to the decision to have a Spring starting class to better utilize our instructional staff. The Spring start class was small and has remained so. Our Persistence (item 19) has decreased from 82% to 73%. This change we contribute primarily to a factor associated with our first semester students. We traditionally have a much lower retention rate with our first semester students, but some classes are better than others. Apparently some enter our program under prepared or without totally realizing just how time-consuming or strenuous this program can be. Regardless of the reason our first semester attrition rate is often somewhere around 15-20%, with many leaving within the first few weeks. The change in the attrition rate associated with that first semester class apparently resulted in the change in Persistence displayed for the 12-13 year. Although our Cost per Student Semester Hour (item 15) has not been reported at this time, we suspect it may be an increased figure from that of the previous year, primary resulting from the increase in the number of classes without a proportionate increase in the number of students in our program’s courses, due to the smaller Spring start class.
Our Successful Completion (item 17), which had dropped from 49% to 42% requires some explanation. We know that we have had, in the past, a high number of incompletes. This number of incompletes we (the Aero faculty) felt were primarily the results of a policy established by our previous Director. The policy allowed Aero students to maintain an incomplete grade for up to a year and a half. This seemed to create an atmosphere that there was no urgency in completing the classes on time and as a result, many didn't. This policy was formed as a result of our passport program, which resulted in additional projects, and at the time seemed warranted. When we discontinued the passport program a few years ago, this extension program remained in effect, and the incompletes continued without justification. We have discontinued this policy effective the Fall 2011 semester. Having made the policy change, the on-time passing rate has jumped to almost 50%, and the percentage may rise as we have fewer students who have classes to complete which are still under the old rule. By mid-November 2012, all students were subject to the normal college incomplete rules.
Another low value, Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded (item 20) which rose from a low value of 3 to low value of 6 during this evaluation period also needs addressing. The majority of the students entering the Aero program seem to be primarily concerned with receiving their FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certification. Those who opted to continue on and earn a Certificate of Achievement or an Associate Degree usually do so after completing the Aero program by the completion of the necessary liberal arts classes (additional semesters). As a result, the graduates from the Aero program who have completed the Aero courses and have received a Certificate of Completion (which is not currently recognized by this evaluation and which is all that is necessary for the FAA A&P certificate testing) have not yet earned or received an Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement. This reflects in low numbers on this evaluation, which does not accurately depict the results of the students who attend and successfully complete the Aero program. As we understand it, we are currently in the process of having our Certificate of Completion recognized as a program completion, which will result in more favorable figures for the Aero program. Historically, the overall average of students who are still enrolled by the end of the first semester (i.e. those who are not no-shows, or who drop early in the program) who complete the program and are eligible for their certification exams is close to 60%. Those students who complete the curricula are awarded our Part 147 Certificate of Completion that they need to be able to be signed off by the local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) to be able to take their knowledge, oral and practical exams for their certification as aircraft mechanics. Consequently (item 20d) Other Certificates Awarded should read 32, as we issued ten airframe and nine powerplant Certificates in the Fall of 2012 and six airframe and seven powerplant Certificates in the Spring of 2013, roughly two Certificates per student. As our enrollment continues to increase with industry demand and student interest, the numbers of the certificates that we award should increase.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the AERO program, students will be able to:
Satisfactorily pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) knowledge (written), oral, practical and written examinations in General, Airframe, and Powerplant subjects.
Obtain FAA general mechanic, airframe and powerplant certifications.
Demonstrate a working knowledge and mechanical ability to inspect, maintain, service and repair aircraft electrical, engine (piston and turbine), airframe structures, flight control, hydraulic, pneumatic, fuel, navigation and instrument systems and other aircraft components specified by Federal Aviation Regulation Part 147.
Identify, install, inspect, fabricate and repair aircraft sheet metal and synthetic material structures.
Maintain and repair any part of any aircraft system of any rotorcraft, light aircraft, air carrier aircraft, glider, or ballon within the regulatory limits imposed by the FAA certification, without error, to ensure the safety of the flaying public.
Display proper behavior reflecting satisfactory work habits and ethics to fulfill program requirements and confidence to prepare for employment.
Program Student Learning Outcomes that have been assessed in the year of the Annual Review of Program Data.
All of the Program Student Learning Outcomes have been assessed in the year of the Annual Review of Program Data.
Our Program Student Learning Outcomes are tied directly to our FAA Approved Part 147 Manual and although our Advisory Committee has been apprised of their content, they understand that our Part 147 manual is the overall guide to what our students should learn and how that is to be accomplished. Since the structure of the curriculum is governed by the organization of Part 147, the role of our Advisory Committee has been to suggest changes in emphasis rather than overall content. Interestingly, much of their advice has to do with emphasizing the qualities that a prospective mechanic should have as an employee, rather than specific technical knowledge, as progress is always being made in the industry and mechanics have to learn new technologies and systems as time goes by.
Each course assesses student achievement with numerous objective and subjective evaluations, including, on average, a dozen subject objective exams, a final exam, oral exams, written work, and practical tasks, which are tallied on a Project Check List for each student, signed off by the student and the instructor, as well as tables of student scores recorded using MicroGrade Pro course software. Records for each student are compiled and filed at the Aero facility and kept indefinitely.
Our Part 147 Manual states that all work will be completed to a 70% standard or better for an individual to pass the classes and complete the curricula requirements. By completing the curricula requirements, the student satisfactorily completes both course and program SLOs to the required standard.
Changes that have been made as a result of the assessments.
Our FAA approved curriculum and system of instruction has been operating with success by several measures over the years. It works well for the individuals who are prepared for the required course work. We continue to seek assistance for individuals who come into the program and prove deficient academically to be successful.
The following action plan items can be tied to the HCC-Specific Additional Outcomes and Measures accessible online at http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/strategicplan/pdf/2009-strategic-outcomes-statements.pdf
There are resource implications for the Action Planning Item above. We will work with the Division Chair and Division Dean to submit the necessary paperwork to request funding to complete these items in the Spring semester, depending on which of the alternatives seem to have most chance of being effective.
For the 2012-2013 program year, some or all of the following P-SLOs were reviewed by the program:
|Program Student Learning Outcomes|
|Satisfactorily pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) knowledge, oral, practical and written examinations in General, Airframe, and Powerplant subjects|
|Demonstrate a working knowledge and mechanical ability to inspect, maintain, service and repair aircraft electrical, engine (piston and turbine), airframe structure, flight control, hydraulic, pneumatic, fuel, navigation and instrument systems and other aircraft components specified by Federal Aviation Regulation Part 147|
|Obtain FAA general mechanic, airframe and powerplant certifications|
|Identify, install, inspect, fabricate and repair aircraft sheet metal and synthetic material structures|
|Maintain and repair any part in any aircraft system of any rotorcraft, light aircraft, air carrier aircraft, glider, or balloon within the regulatory limits imposed by the FAA certification, without error, to ensure the safety of the flying public|
|Display proper behavior reflecting satisfactory work habits and ethics to fulfill program requirements and confidence to prepare for employment|
During the 2012-2013 Academic Year, the AERO program faculty continued routine course student learning outcome assessments for the following courses listed below. Details and specific outcomes of the assessment can be located in the Dean's office Assessement inventory folder.
In response to recent accrediation recommendations relating to outcomes based assessment, the College has adopted processes and timelines to ensure that regular and systematic assessment of course student learning outcomes takes place. Faculty were provided with an course slo assessment inventory template and asked to complete the form for courses taught in the 2012-2013 academic year. Detailed result and other information can be identified on these forms which can be located in the Dean's office.
Central to performing additional comprehensive program and course slo assessment is also gaining a stronger understanding of the entire process and expectations. While the College and program has made considerable efforts and changes to strengthening the entire assessment process, we are hopeful that further training will be provided moving forward.