Our History

Crimson Technical College’s long and storied legacy dates back to the 1930s and is tied to some of aeronautics’ most important pioneers. Today, Crimson sets its sights forward on evolving industry advancements while staying true to its deep historical roots and founding commitment to excellence in aviation education.

1930s – The California Flyers, Inc. School of Aeronautics was founded at Mines Field, which now stands as Los Angeles International Airport.

1942 – Northrop Aeronautical Institute was founded by John K. Northrop, founder of Northrop Aircraft Company, and James L. McKinley, aviation educator and author of several aeronautical textbooks. The institute trained allied military personnel in aircraft maintenance during WWII.

1947 – James L. McKinley and John K. Northrop reopened the institute and renamed it Northrop Aviation Aeronautical Institute. The campus was relocated to Inglewood, CA, and demand for highly skilled technicians to work on a growing number of commercial aircrafts was on the rise.

1959 – The name of the institute changed to Northrop Institute of Technology.

1975 – Northrop Institute of Technology became Northrop University. Mechanics and engineering graduates of the university were employed around the world, and the high standards of education at the school began receiving global recognition.

1991 – Dr. James W. Rice and Mrs. Mary Alice Rice, founders of national aviation school Rice Aviation in Houston, TX acquired Northrop Institute of Technology creating Northrop Rice Aviation Institute of Technology (NRAIT).

1991 – Northrop Rice Aviation Institute added an Inglewood campus to build what was then the largest system of aircraft maintenance schools in the United States.

1999 – Alta Colleges, Inc purchased the Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) program in Inglewood and Houston. The name was then changed to Westwood College of Aviation Technology. The number of students increased tremendously, reflecting the college’s diverse programs.

2006 – Westwood College of Aviation Technology became Redstone College.

2008 – Crimson Aero Corporation acquired the Inglewood campus under the name Crimson Technical College with the goal of offering quality education in aviation maintenance to students around the world.


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Crimson Technical College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).


The Department of Education lists the following occupations as potential careers
for graduates of the following programs:

Airframe and Powerplant

49-2091 Avionics Technicians
49-3011 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
51-2011 Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers

Advanced Electronics Technology/Avionics

49-2091 Avionics Technicians
51-2011 Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers
53-6051.01 Aviation Inspectors


47-1011.03 Solar Energy Installation Managers
47-4099.01 Solar Photovoltaic Installers
47-4099.02 Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians
47-4099.03 Weatherization Installers and Technicians
49-9021.01 Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers
49-9021.02 Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

Wind Energy Technology

47-4041 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
49-2095 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
51-8012 Power Distributors and Dispatchers
51-8013 Power Plant Operators
51-8092 Gas Plant Operators
51-8093 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
51-8099.03 Biomass Plant Technicians
53-7071 Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
53-7073 Wellhead Pumpers

* This information is based on Department of Education standards. Actual entry level jobs for graduates in this program may vary from this list. The job code data was pulled from IPEDS CIP-SOC crosswalk as of 3/5/2011. Although the Department of Education requires all job titles to be listed, Redstone College has not found the program to prepare graduates for all the jobs listed.


Crimson Technical College Tuition & Fees:
  Clock Hours Terms Tuition Per Term Tools, Books, STRF and Ins. Total
A&P 2100 14 2475 2319 36969
Airframe Single 1350 9 2475 2120 24395
Powerplant Single 1350 9 2475 2075 24350
Airframe Add-On 900 6 2475 1918 16817
Airframe Single 900 6 2475 1873 16723

Median Debt from Title IV loans 2012-2013:  
Airframe & Powerplant $ 24,666
Airframe Single No Students Enrolled
Powerplant Single No Students Enrolled
Airframe Add-On No Students Enrolled
Powerplant Add-On No Students Enrolled

Completion data for 2012-2013 award year:
80.74% of Crimson Graduates complete the AMT Airframe & Powerplant program in 19 months or less.
244 students completed Airframe & Powerplant AMT program.
CTC Placement Rate as reported on Council on Occupational Education(COE) 2013 Annual Report: 77%
CTC Licensure Exam Pass Rate as reported on Council on Occupational Education(COE) 2013 Annual Report: 86%
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