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Review Certification Competencies (Topics/Subtopics)

 Core Certified Aerospace Technician – The SpaceTEC® Certified Aerospace Technician Core Certification is recognized by the aerospace industry for entry-level employees. Aerospace technicians manufacture, assemble, service, test, operate, maintain, or repair systems associated with expendable and reusable launch vehicles, payloads, related laboratories, and ground support equipment.  The SpaceTEC® Certified Aerospace Technician Core exam is a three-part exam consisting of a 70 question, computer-based written exam, followed by an oral and practical evaluation of an individual’s technical knowledge and skills.  The topics/subtopics follow:

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  • Introduction to Aerospace (10%)
    • Regulations and Controls
    • Clean Room, Contamination and FOD
    • Ethics
    • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Aerospace Safety (16%)
    • Toxic and Hazardous Substances
    • Personal Protection Equipment
    • Hazardous Materials
    • Emergency Plans and Fire Prevention
    • Platforms
    • Occupational Health and Environment
    • Walking Surfaces
  • Applied Mechanics (20%)
    • Machine Shop Safety
    • Non-Cutting Hand Tools
    • Cutting Hand Tools
    • Drill Presses, Twist Drills, Drilling Speeds and Feeds, Drilling Holes
    • Basic Measurement
    • Basic Calculations (Metric to Standard, Ratios, Volume, Area, Dimensions)
    • Calipers
    • Hardware and Materials Identification
    • Blueprint Reading and Interpretation
    • Interpret Technical Drawings and Schematics
  • Basic Electricity (14%)
    • Electric Safety
    • Metric Notation
    • Atomic Structure
    • Resistors
    • Switches
    • Schematic Reading
    • AC/DC Circuits
    • Theory
    • Laws
  • Materials and Processes I and II (20%)
    • Metallurgy
    • Metallurgical Processes
    • Mechanical Behavior
    • Conventional Mechanical Testing
    • Corrosion
    • Corrosion Forms, Causes, Prevention
    • Corrosion Control
    • Non-Metallic Materials
    • Composite Materials
    • Structural Characteristics
    • Solid Core Structures, Molds, Moldless Wet Lay-up Techniques
    • Hollow Structures and Mold Making
    • Vacuum Bagging
  • Tests and Measurements (20%)
    • Inspection Requirements and Planning
    • Accuracy, Precision and Tolerances
    • Mechanical Measuring Inspection
    • Mechanical Surface Plate Inspection
    • Electrical /Electronic Measurements
    • Electrical Pressure/Flow/Temperature Measurement
    • Force/Strain/Torque/Vibration Measurement
    • Non-Destructive Examination
    • Surface Flaw Inspection
    • Electromagnetic Techniques
    • Radiographic Techniques

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Vehicle Processing Certification – The SpaceTEC® Vehicle Processing exam is a concentration that is offered once the candidate completes the SpaceTEC® Core Certified Aerospace Technician examination.  The Vehicle Processing exam is a three-part exam consisting of a computer-based written exam, followed by an oral and practical evaluation of an individual’s technical knowledge and skills.  The topics/subtopics follow:

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  • Aerospace Systems
    • Electro-mechanical Systems
    • Ground Support Equipment Knowledge
    • Hydraulics/Pneumatics Systems
    • Identify Spacecraft Systems
    • Operation of Spacecraft Systems
    • Pyrotechnic Systems
    • Rocket Propulsion
  • Electronic Fabrication and Fiber Optics
    • Batteries
    • Electrical Safety
    • Electrical Troubleshooting
    • Fiber Optic Material
    • Fiber Optic Termination
    • Fiber Optic Testing
    • Fiber Optic Troubleshooting
    • Soldering
    • Wire Wrapping
  • Fluid Systems
    • Assemble/Operate Fluid Systems
    • Commodity Compatibility
    • Dedicated vs. Multi-purpose components
    • Fluid System Safety
    • Mechanical Connections
    • Regulators/Valves/Gauges
  • Structural Fabrication
    • Finished Component
    • Machine Tools/Materials
    • Product Conformity
    • Project Fabrication
    • Repair Project
    • Trigonometry
  • Technical Task Analysis
    • Corrective Action
    • Evaluate Job
    • Job Equipment
    • Job Materials
    • Job Personnel
  • Troubleshooting Skills

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Aerospace Manufacturing Certification – The SpaceTEC® Aerospace Manufacturing exam is a concentration that is offered once the candidate completes the SpaceTEC® Core Certified Aerospace Technician examination.  The Aerospace Manufacturing exam is a three-part exam consisting of a computer-based written exam, followed by an oral and practical evaluation of an individual’s technical knowledge and skills.  The topics/subtopics follow:

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  • Aerospace Manufacturing Essentials (this is covered in all)
    • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
    • Manufacturing Materials and Processes
    • Manufacturing Print Reading and Drafting
    • Process Control and Quality Assurance in Manufact
    • Quality Control Insp Measurement and Test Equip
    • Safety in Manufacturing
  • CNC Machining and Fabrication Processes
    • CNC Controller Operations
    • CNC Machining Operations
  • Manual Machining and Fabrication Processes
    • CNC Brake Press Operations
    • CNC Machining Operations
    • Manual Lathe Machining Operations
    • Manual Milling Machining Operations
    • Process Fundamentals
  • Structures and Assembly Processes
    • Electrical and Electronic Assembly
    • Mechanical Assembly
    • Structural Surface Preparation
  • Welding and Cutting Processes
    • Gas Metal Arc Welding and Flux Cored Arc Welding
    • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding and Plasma Arc Welding
    • Orbital Tube Welding
    • Welding and Cutting Process Fundamentals

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 Composites Certification – The SpaceTEC® Composites exam is a concentration that is offered once the candidate completes the SpaceTEC® Core Certified Aerospace Technician examination.  The Composites exam is a three-part exam consisting of a computer-based written exam, followed by an oral and practical evaluation of an individual’s technical knowledge and skills.  The topics/subtopics follow:

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  • Composites Knowledge
    • Composites
    • Fibers
    • Matrix
    • Fiber/Matrix Interface
  • Fabrication Methods
    • Vacuum Bagging
    • Resin Transfer Molding
    • Sheet Molding Compound
    • Release Films
    • Platen Press
    • Filament Winding
    • Pultrusion
    • Autoclave
    • Joining and Bonding
    • Cohesive Bonding
    • Surface Treatment
    • Fastener Types
    • Size of Holes
    • Hole Drilling
    • Equipment Needs
    • Composite Repair
  • Health and Safety
    • MSDS
    • Personal Safety
    • Personal Safety Equipment
    • Disposal of Materials
  • Inspection
    • Non-destructive Techniques
    • Destructive Techniques

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CertTEC® Certifications

Basic Electricity and Electronics (BEE) – The CertTEC® BEE certifications are performance based online exams.  These exams will test hands-on troubleshooting skills utilizing a multi-meter, function generator, and oscilloscope along with an electronic trainer and test cards.  If in your active, National Guard, or Army Reserve military training you have worked with the Basic Electronics Maintenance Trainer (BEMT) or attended the Apprentice Technical Training School (ATT), you are qualified to take the BEE exam. The BEE consists of 4 individual certifications focusing on basic electricity and electronics fundamentals in the following subject areas:

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  • Alternating Current (AC)
    • Principles of Alternating Current
    • Electronic Components and Terms
    • Principles of Inductance
    • Transformer Theory
    • Principles of Capacitance
    • AC Generator Theory
    • AC Motor Theory
    • RC, RL, and RCL Principles
    • Cabling
    • Test Equipment and Measurements
    • Basic Electrical Safety Precautions
    • Mathematics and Formulas
  • Direct Current (DC)
    • Basic Electrical Theory
    • Magnetism
    • Basic Electrical Safety
    • Electronic Equipment
    • Electronic Components
    • Ohms Law for Electronics
    • Basic Mathematics for Electronics
    • Electronic Measurements
    • Series Circuits for Electronics
    • Parallel Circuits for Electronics
    • Series/Parallel Combination Circuits for Electronics
    • Battery Powered Supplies
  • Analog
    • Diodes
    • Transistors
    • Thyristors
    • Integrated Circuits
    • Optoelectronic Devices
    • Power Supplies
    • Test Equipment and Measurements
    • Mathematics and Formulas
    • Amplifiers
    • Operational Amplifiers
    • Oscillators
    • Filters
    • Wave-shaping Circuits
  • Digital
    • Numbering Systems and Conversions
    • Block Diagrams – Schematics-Wiring Diagrams
    • Test Equipment and Measurements
    • Safety Precautions
    • Theory of Digital Logic Functions and Circuitry

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Basic Composites – The CertTEC® Basic Composites Technician exam is in three parts and consists of a 70 question computer-based written exam, followed by an oral and practical evaluation of an individual’s technical knowledge and skills.  The exam focuses on the following topic/subtopic areas:

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  • Composites Knowledge
    • Composites
    • Fibers
    • Matrix
    • Fiber/Matrix Interface
  • Fabrication Methods
    • Vacuum Bagging
    • Resin Transfer Molding
    • Sheet Molding Compound
    • Release Films
    • Platen Press
    • Filament Winding
    • Pultrusion
    • Autoclave
    • Joining and Bonding
    • Cohesive Bonding
    • Surface Treatment
    • Fastener Types
    • Size of Holes
    • Hole Drilling
    • Equipment Needs
    • Composite Repair
  • Health and Safety
    • MSDS
    • Personal Safety
    • Personal Safety Equipment
    • Disposal of Materials
  • Inspection
    • Non-destructive Techniques
    • Destructive Techniques

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Aviation Structures Technician Level 1 – The CertTEC® Aviation Structures Technician exam is in three parts and consists of a 70 question computer-based written exam, followed by an oral and practical evaluation of an individual’s technical knowledge and skills.  The examination focuses on basic Aviation Structures fundamentals in the following topic/subtopic areas:

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  • Introduction to Aviation
    • Critical Thinking Skills
    • Human Factors In Aviation Management
    • Organizational Skills
    • Quality Management Systems
    • Terminology and Acronyms
  • Shop Math
    • Application of Shop Math
  • Personal and Environmental Safety
    • Accident-Incident Reporting
    • Clean as you go
    • FOD
    • Lifting Techniques
    • Lockout-Tagout
    • MSDS
    • OSHA Regulations
    • PPE
    • Safe Work habits
    • Tool and Hardware Inventory
    • Work Hazards
  • Aircraft Materials and Fasteners
    • Composites Fabrication Process
    • Fasteners
    • Heat Treatment
    • Material Composition
    • Non-Metallic Materials
    • Sealing Materials
    • Sheet Metals
  • Blueprints and Manuals
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Engineering Documentation
    • Research
  • Federal Aviation Regulations
    • ATA Codes
    • FAR
  • Documentation
    • Component Specific
    • Routine vs Non-routine
    • Sign Off
    • Technical Writing
    • Work Progress-Turnover
  • Precision Measuring Equipment
    • Calibration
    • Tools and Equipment
    • Torqueing Fasteners
  • Rivet Installation and Removal
    • Countersinking
    • Deburring
    • Drilling
    • Layout
    • Reaming
    • Rivet Removal
  • Fabrication
    • Fabrication Materials and Processes
    • Fabricate per Sample Part
    • Polishing
    • Tool and Equipment-Fabrication
  • Assembly
    • Assembly Fixtures
    • Assembly Procedures
    • Fitment
    • Tools and Equipment-Assembly
  • Repair
    • Corrective Action
    • Inspection-Damage Assessment
    • Repair Procedures
    • Tools and Equipment-Repair
    • Visual Inspection

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Aviation Mechanical Assembly Technician-NAC – The CertTEC Aviation Mechanical Assembly Technician is currently only accessible through attendance in a National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) course at one of five locations nationwide – Wichita, KS; Indianapolis, IN; Tulsa, OK; Greenville, NC or Seattle, WA.  Additional locations are under development with more expected soon.

The Aviation Mechanical Assembly Technician exam is in three parts and consists of an 80 question computer-based written exam, followed by an oral and practical evaluation of an individual’s technical knowledge and skills.  The examination focuses on basic Aviation Mechanical Assembly fundamentals in the following topic/subtopic areas:

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  • Introduction to Aviation
    • Aviation History
    • Aircraft Assemblies and Configuration
    • Aircraft Flight and Control
    • Aircraft Construction and Materials
    • Corrosion
    • Federal Aviation Regulations and Documentation
    • Production Order and Installation Plan
    • Engineering Processes and Information Sharing
  • Blueprint Reading
    • Introduction to Blueprints
    • Blueprint Terminology
    • Blueprint Views, Lines, and Symbols
    • Dimensions and Tolerance
  • Precision Instruments
    • Basic Concepts and Term for Precision Instruments
    • Precision Rules
    • Calipers
    • Micrometers
    • Gauges
  • Power Island and Tools
    • Introduction to Power Island
    • Power Island Equipment
    • Torque Tools
    • Drills
  • Fasteners and Installation Inspection
    • Nutplates
    • Rivets
    • Bolts
    • Temporary Fasteners
    • Hi-Lok Fasteners
    • Lockbolt Fasteners
    • Lockwire
    • Installation Inspection
  • Drilling and Riveting
    • Marking Fastener Location
    • Drilling
    • Deburring
    • Driving Protruding Head Rivets
    • Countersinking
    • Squeeze Riveting
    • Drilling Composite and Titanium Materials
  • Sealant Application and Safety
    • Sealing Principles and Functions
    • Chemical Hazards and PPE
    • Surface Preparation
    • Sealant Types
    • Sealant Application
  • Electrical Bonding and Grounding
    • Aircraft Electricity
    • Measurements and Unit Conversion
    • Resistance Test Equip Insp
    • Multimeters and Ohmmeters

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