Aviation Maintenance Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Male aviation student

About this program

Today’s aircrafts are sophisticated and complex. Tomorrow’s will be even more. At Penn College, you’ll learn the technical skills to repair the aircrafts we have now, plus those we’ll see in the future. And our hands-on approach to learning means lots of hours in the lab. Testing and troubleshooting theories. Learning how to fix integrated mechanical and electronic systems. All this training pays off when it comes time to take your FAA Mechanical License test and launch the career of your dreams.  

100%

Overall Placement

FAA

Approved Repair Station

Hangar Facility Located at an Operational Airport

Careers

  • Aviation technician with major airlines 
  • Commuter airlines 
  • Fixed-base operators 
  • Aerospace subcontractors 
  • Aircraft manufacturers 
  • The Federal Aviation Administration 
  • Helicopter technician
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Aviation Practices I (AVI100)
  • Aviation Practices II (AVI105)
  • Aviation Fundamentals I (AVI110)
  • Aviation Fundamentals II (AVI115)
  • Aviation Science I (AVI120)
  • Aviation Basic Electricity I (AVI125)
  • Aircraft Reciprocating Engines (AVI140)
  • Cybersecurity for Non-IT Majors (CSC229)
  • Aviation Science II (AVI130)
  • Aviation Basic Electricity II (AVI135)
  • Aircraft Turbine Engines (AVI145)
  • Aircraft Engine Fuel Metering Systems (AVI150)
  • Aircraft Engine Ignition Systems (AVI155)
  • Aircraft Engine Systems (AVI160)
  • Engine Electrical Systems (AVI165)
  • Aircraft Engine Troubleshooting and Inspection (AVI170)
  • Vintage Aircraft Structures (AVI200)
  • Sheet Metal Aircraft Structures (AVI205)
  • Composite Aircraft Structures (AVI210)
  • Airframe Systems I (AVI215)
  • Airframe Systems II (AVI220)
  • Rotary Wing Systems & Maintenance (AVI225)
  • Advanced Aircraft Electrical Systems (AVI230)
  • Airframe Electronic and Instrument Systems (AVI335)
  • Airframe Inspection (AVI340)
  • Avionics and Radio Communications (AVC315)
  • Avionics and Radio Communication Applications (AVC316)
  • Dependent and Autonomous Navigation Systems (AVC325)
  • Dependent Navigation Systems Applications (AVC326)
  • Human Error in Aviation Technology (AVC322)
  • Proven Aviation Credential (AVC304)
  • Avionics Auxiliary Sustems (AVC405)
  • Avionics Auxiliary Systems Applications (AVC406)
  • Senior Project Proposal (AVC493)
  • Avionics Integration Management (AVC450)
  • Aviation Capstone Internship (AVI492) or
  • Aviation Capstone Project (AVC497)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103)
  • Open Elective (OEA)
  • Exploration Electives (OEE)
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)
  • Networking I (EET145)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications (MTH161)
Featured Video

Your Class in 60 Seconds: Aviation Basic Electricity II

Dive into what it takes to be an aviation technician with this snapshot of the AVI135 Basic Electricity II course. Hard at work in the lab, students take on complex theories. Hour by hour, through hands-on activities and engaging classroom discussions, ideas that were mere concepts solidify into reality.

Student Experience

"What I Iove most about Penn College are the small class sizes and how interactive it is with hands-on activities. And, all the professors came from the industry. So they can come into the classroom and use that industry knowledge to help us become the better mechanics that we want to be."

Kate Ruggiero

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Nov 11

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Aviation

Wednesday, Nov 11 at 12:30 PM is full

Please call to setup a visit.

Call 800.367.9222

Nov 16

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Aviation

Monday, November 1612:30 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 30

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Aviation

Monday, Nov 30 at 12:30 PM is full

Please call to setup a visit.

Call 800.367.9222

Upcoming Events

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Facilities

Lab Tour

Join us for a whirlwind walk-through of the Kathryn Wentzel Lumley Aviation Center. See the lab spaces students learn what it takes to earn their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificate. Fly through labs where students tear down and repair engines. Check out the electrical aspects and the specialty instruments. And get a glimpse of the hanger where they put their skills to the test.

Facilities

Aviation Center

Gain hands-on experience working on a fleet of College-owned aircraft in a licensed repair facility for private aircraft - preparing you for your FAA Mechanical License.

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Member of Helicopter Association of International
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SkyWest Airlines
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Student Life

Stay active in and out of the classroom

PCT RC Club

Introduce the dynamics of aeronautics by applying theory to real life projects. These projects include RC builds; small and large scale, rocketry or anything that is designed to fly through the air.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Our Leadership

Faculty Story

Aviation instructor sails to World Gliding Championships

Using the power of the atmosphere, glider pilot Michael R. Robison, a Penn College aviation instructor, soars among world-class competitors.

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More Information

National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies

The following grading system is applied to all AVI-designated courses. There is no rounding of grades.

A = 90 – 100
B = 80 – 89.99
C = 72 – 79.99
D = 70 – 71.99
F = 69.99 and below

Penn College students who complete the certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technician can apply 61 credits toward the Aviation Maintenance Technology degree. Penn College students who earn the associate’s degree in Aviation Technology can apply 79 credits toward the Aviation Maintenance Technology degree. Students from other institutions with an aviation-related degree or certificate will have their transcripts evaluated by Penn College officials prior to acceptance into the major. This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see https://www.pct.edu/admissions/transfer/transferring-credits). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

View general transfer information

View the Aviation Maintenance Technology Tool List

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. James Brady, '85, Senior Manager, Quality Control, United Airlines
  • Mr. Christopher Burns, Director, Maintenance, Polari's Aviation Solution
  • Mr. Bradley T Cole, '07, '09, Supervisor, Maintenance, Corning Incorporated
  • Mr. Linh Do, '09, Aircraft Maintenance Lead Air Transportation Department, Air Products
  • Mr. Robert Evans, Training & Safety Director, Compliance Officer, Sterling Helicopter
  • Mr. Christopher Gayman, '09, '10, Supervisor of Product Support, Lycoming Engines
  • Mr. Jeffery Gazey, '02, Director, Aviation Maintenance, Geisinger Health System
  • Mr. Joel A Glover, Director, Maintenance, Advanced Lancaster LP
  • Mr. Franklin A Hartman, '85, Delivery Manager, Airbus Airlines, Final Assembly Line
  • Mr. David Hefflefinger, '81, Manager-Aviation Support, The Hershey Company
  • Mr. Terrence A Heim, '12, Halle Enterprises, Inc.
  • Mr. William Hertz, '95, QA Inspector, Jet Aviation Flight Services, Inc.
  • Mr. George F McKinney, Sr., Vice President, Air-Parts of Lock Haven, Inc.
  • Mr. Kevin Pannebakker, '12, Aircraft Mechanic, Classic Services, Inc.
  • Mr. Aaron Phillips, '06, Aircraft Technician, Pfizer Inc.
  • Mr. Douglas R Phillips, '12, Maintenance Manager, Executive Jet Management
  • Mr. William Snyder, '70, Federal Aviation Administration, Retired
  • Mr. S. Michael Vennie, Senior Director Technical Operations, Bighorn Airways, Inc.
  • Mr. Andrew D Zook, '02, '07, Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor, Air Products and Chemicals