Aviation Maintenance Technician

Certificate
Aviation students

About this program

Ready to land a career in aviation? At Penn College, you’ll find an industry-driven curriculum that refines all the skills needed to become an airframe or powerplant maintenance technician. Coursework combines theory with real-world applications. And it includes lots of experience working through routine repairs and troubleshooting complex challenges with our College-owned fleet of aircraft.  

FAA

Approved Repair Station

FAA Certified Curriculum and Facility

Hanger Facility Located at an Operational Airport

Careers

  • 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.

    ​​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.

    Facilities

    Aviation Center with Fully-Equipped Labs

    Gain hands-on experience working on a fleet of College-owned aircraft in a licensed repair facility for private aircraft. 

    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

    Aviation Maintenance Technician

    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.

    Lycoming logo
    Member of Helicopter Association of International
    Women in Aviation logo
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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
    07.03.2019

    Nine Penn College students medal at SkillsUSA nationals

    Nine students from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA team earned medals in six categories – three silvers and three ...

    05.21.2019

    Standby helicopter housed in college hangar during president’s visit

    A Sikorsky VH-60N White Hawk helicopter, part of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, was on standby for President Trump’s visit to ...

    04.18.2019

    First-year aviation maintenance student accorded rare honor

    A Pennsylvania College of Technology student has received a scholarship from Women in Aviation International, the first time in ...

    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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    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.

    Students must earn a 'C' or better in all FAA-approved Airframe and Powerplant courses to progress in the major and be allowed to take the FAA written exams.

    View general transfer information

    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.

    View the Aviation Maintenance Technician Tool List

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

    • Mr. James Brady, '85, Senior Manager, Quality Control, United Airlines
    • Mr. Christopher Burns, Director, Maintenance, Polari's Aviation Solution
    • 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, Dumont Aviation
    • 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, Lead Technician, Dumont Aviation
    • Mr. Aaron Phillips, '06, Aircraft Technician, Pfizer Inc.
    • Mr. Douglas R Phillips, '12, Maintenance Flight Engineer, Johnson & Johnson
    • 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
    Contact

    Admissions Counselor

    Lisa Golfieri

    SASC, Rm. 1077
    800.367.9222 ext. 7515
    llg6@pct.edu