Aviation Maintenance is a bachelor of science degree structured to prepare a graduate for employment in repairing and maintaining modern aircraft. The major builds on the first two years of aircraft maintenance (A&P - Airframe and Powerplant emphasis) or on the experience of a practicing aircraft technician (A&P) with another 16 credits of general education. The third and fourth years concentrate on developing skills in electronics, computers, business and general education, with particular emphasis in avionics systems and troubleshooting. The baccalaureate course work is designed to provide a broad base of technical knowledge in order to repair the integrated mechanical and electronic systems found on aircraft of today and tomorrow.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies
Aviation technician with major airlines, commuter airlines, fixed-base operators, aerospace subcontractors, and aircraft manufacturers. With experience, graduates may advance to positions such as aircraft maintenance supervisor, Federal Aviation Administration, accident investigator, aviation safety inspector, and to management positions with airlines, manufacturers and fixed-base operations.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for aircraft mechanics and service technicians was $62,920 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $97,820.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Support Activities for Air Transportation||38,080||$26.51||$55,140|
|Scheduled Air Transportation||32,360||$38.87||$80,860|
|Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing||16,570||$31.31||$65,120|
|Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)||15,620||$29.26||$60,860|
|Nonscheduled Air Transportation||7,390||$29.67||$61,710|
Statistics reported in May 2018
Students may transfer from other aviation related degrees and certificates at Penn College or another college with equivalent courses and 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. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Aviation Technology Advisory Committee
- 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, Aviation Business Consultant, Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc.
- Mr. Andrew D Zook, '02, '07, Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor, Air Products and Chemicals
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.