Federal Aviation Administration

(Effective Fall 2020)

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

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in English, math, and reading. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

Students will not be allowed to enroll in any required AVI-designated courses until remediation of MTH 004 is complete. 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 developmental 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 can enter the Aviation Technology major.

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 prepared to 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

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


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
AVI100 Aviation Practices I 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI105 Aviation Practices II 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI110 Aviation Fundamentals I 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI115 Aviation Fundamentals II 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI120 Aviation Science I 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI125 Aviation Basic Electricity I 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI140 Aircraft Reciprocating Engines 4 2 6 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
AVI130 Aviation Science II 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI135 Aviation Basic Electricity II 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI145 Aircraft Turbine Engines 4 2 6 M REQ
AVI150 Aircraft Engine Fuel Metering Systems 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI155 Aircraft Engine Ignition Systems 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI160 Aircraft Engine Systems 4 2 6 M REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
SPC Speech Elective   S SPC
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
CSC229 Cybersecurity for Non-IT Majors 3 3 S REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
AVI165 Engine Electrical Systems 4 2 6 M REQ
AVI170 Aircraft Engine Troubleshooting and Inspection 4 2 6 M REQ
AVI200 Vintage Aircraft Structures 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI205 Sheet Metal Aircraft Structures 4 2 6 M REQ
AVI210 Composite Aircraft Structures 2 1 3 M REQ
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
AVI215 Airframe Systems I 4 2 6 M REQ
AVI220 Airframe Systems II 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI225 Rotary Wing Systems & Maintenance 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI230 Advanced Aircraft Electrical Systems 4 2 6 M REQ
AVI235 Aircraft Electronic and Instrument Systems 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI240 Aircraft Inspection 2 1 3 M REQ
AAP Core Applied Arts Perspective 3   S AAP
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3   S HIP
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3   S SSP
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3   S ARP
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3   S CDP

Additional Information

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