Federal Aviation Administration

Aviation Technology (AD)

(Effective Fall 2011)

This major prepares students for employment as airframe and powerplant maintenance technicians and affords the opportunity for students to broaden their perspective and ability to adapt to a rapidly changing industry. Emphasis on the general education component enhances the student's prospects of employment and further educational advancement. The major prepares students for the written, oral and practical Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Examination of the Airframe and Powerplant Maintenance Certificate, and provides the knowledge needed for supervisory and technical positions.

Career Opportunities

Employment as maintenance technicians for commercial aviation, general aviation, aviation repair stations, and manufacturers' services. With work experience, a graduate may advance into a position such as maintenance supervisor, manufacturer service representative, product development technician, and accident/equipment failure investigator.

Recommended High School Subjects

Three years of English, one year of algebra, and one year of science.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Aviation Technology major web page.

Remediation Strategies

A student cannot enter the major with a MTH 004 deficiency. A student whose placement tests indicate a deficiency in more than one area (math, English, or reading) will be required to remediate prior to beginning the first semester or change major to Aviation Maintenance Technician until remedial courses are completed satisfactorily. The large number of credits per semester and the required summer do not afford the student the ability to remediate by the end of the fourth semester without seriously overloading every semester. Other single deficient students could enter the Aviation Technology major.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • master the theoretical knowledge and demonstrate the applied skills to successfully complete the requirements for the FAA General, Powerplant, and Airframe exams.
  • demonstrate proper safety procedures and follow all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • understand and demonstrate the professional and ethical standards appropriate in the aviation industry.
  • be employed in the field of aviation maintenance and repair, aviation management, a related industry, or graduate from a four-year degree major.

Performance Standards

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


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
AVI100Aviation Practices I 2 
AVI105Aviation Practices II 2 
AVI110Aviation Fundamentals I 2 
AVI115Aviation Fundamentals II 2 
AVI120Aviation Science I 2 
AVI125Aviation Basic Electricity I 2 
AVI140Aircraft Reciprocating Engines 4 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
AVI130Aviation Science II 2 
AVI135Aviation Basic Electricity II 2 
AVI145Aircraft Turbine Engines 4 
AVI150Aircraft Engine Fuel Metering Systems 2 
AVI155Aircraft Engine Ignition Systems 2 
AVI160Aircraft Engine Systems 4 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
Summer SessionCredits
ENL121English Composition II 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
Third SemesterCredits
AVI165Engine Electrical Systems 4 
AVI170Aircraft Engine Troubleshooting and Inspection 4 
AVI200Vintage Aircraft Structures 2 
AVI205Sheet Metal Aircraft Structures 4 
AVI210Composite Aircraft Structures 2 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
AVI215Airframe Systems I 4 
AVI220Airframe Systems II 2 
AVI225Rotary Wing Systems & Maintenance 2 
AVI230Advanced Aircraft Electrical Systems 4 
AVI235Aircraft Electronic and Instrument Systems 2 
AVI240Aircraft Inspection 2 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 

Additional Information

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