Aviation Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Aviation Student Training in Hands On Lab

About this program

Penn College is where a career in aviation technology takes flight. Here, you’ll learn alongside passionate and engaging faculty who bring years of experience. Explore complex theories and apply them in our 50,000-square-foot aviation center. This hands-on, technology-driven program will prepare you for your FAA Mechanical License. And when you’re done, you’ll be prepared to dive into lots of different technical positions from commercial aviation to manufacturing.  

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

100%

Overall Placement

FAA

Approved Repair Station

Hangar Facility Located at an Operational Airport

Careers

  • Maintenance technicians for commercial aviation 
  • General aviation 
  • Aviation repair stations 
  • Manufacturer’s services 
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Aircraft Electronic and Instrument Systems (AVI235)
  • Aircraft Inspection (AVI240)

​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.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124) or
  • Cybersecurity for Non-IT Majors (CSC229)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103)
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP) or
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP) or
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)

​​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.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201) or
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124) or
  • Cybersecurity for Non-IT Majors (CSC229)
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.

Aviation Center
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.

Student Experience

"The practical, hands-on application was extremely beneficial for a seamless transition into the aviation industry. Not only was I quickly integrated into the workplace, but the education I received has given me a competitive edge."

Kenton Lucas

Lead Mechanic, Sikorsky Aircraft

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.

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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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Student Life

Stay active in and out of the classroom

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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

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
05.04.2021

Aviation student’s classwork shown in trade magazine

Excerpts from a student’s portfolio accompany a faculty-written article in the May issue of Avionics News, published ...

03.21.2021

Award-winning aviation graduate, faculty member dies at age 90

Robert L. Norton – an alumnus, retired faculty member and father of a program director in the School of Nursing & Health ...

12.08.2020

Friday funeral scheduled for aviation faculty retiree

Robert M. Werkmeister Sr., who retired as an assistant professor of aviation at Penn College, died Dec. 3 at the age of 83. ...

Gain global experience
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

Certification: Federal Aviation Administration, approved under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 147.

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

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View the Aviation 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