(Effective Fall 2020)
- School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies
- Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
- More Information about Aviation Maintenance Technology
Aviation Maintenance Technology 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). The third and fourth years concentrate on developing skills in electronics, information networks, 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.
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.
Recommended High School Subjects
Two years of algebra, three years of English, one year of physical science.
Special Equipment Needs
See the Tool List on the Aviation Maintenance Technology major web page.
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).
Incoming students whose placement results identify a need for developmental reading course RDG001 or developmental math course MTH004 may not enroll in this major. Students may enroll in the associate’s degree in Aviation Technology or the certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technician.
Students will not be allowed to enroll in any required AVI-designated courses until remediation of MTH004 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.
Penn College students who complete the certificate in Aviation Maintenance Technician can apply 61 credits toward the Aviation Maintenance Technology degree. Penn College students who earn the associate’s degree in Aviation Technology can apply 79 credits toward the Aviation Maintenance Technology degree. Students from other institutions with an aviation-related degree or certificate 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 (see https://www.pct.edu/admissions/transfer/transferring-credits). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Program GoalsA graduate of the Aviation Maintenance Technology 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.
- demonstrate overall proficiency in aviation technology.
- demonstrate information literacy as defined by the student's ability to locate, understand, apply, and document data from technical manuals.
- be prepared for aviation maintenance employment with the capacity for professional advancement.
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
|FYE101||First Year Experience||1.0||.50||1.50||S||REQ|
|AVI100||Aviation Practices I||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|AVI105||Aviation Practices II||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|AVI110||Aviation Fundamentals I||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|AVI115||Aviation Fundamentals II||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|AVI120||Aviation Science I||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|AVI125||Aviation Basic Electricity I||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|AVI140||Aircraft Reciprocating Engines||4.0||2||6||M||REQ|
|CSC124||Information, Technology, and Society||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|CSC229||Cybersecurity for Non-IT Majors||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|AVI130||Aviation Science II||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|AVI135||Aviation Basic Electricity II||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|AVI145||Aircraft Turbine Engines||4.0||2||6||M||REQ|
|AVI150||Aircraft Engine Fuel Metering Systems||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|AVI155||Aircraft Engine Ignition Systems||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|AVI160||Aircraft Engine Systems||4.0||2||6||M||REQ|
|MTH180||College Algebra and Trigonometry I||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|AVI165||Engine Electrical Systems||4.0||2||6||M||REQ|
|AVI170||Aircraft Engine Troubleshooting and Inspection||4.0||2||6||M||REQ|
|AVI200||Vintage Aircraft Structures||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|AVI205||Sheet Metal Aircraft Structures||4.0||2||6||M||REQ|
|AVI210||Composite Aircraft Structures||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|ENL111||English Composition I||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|AVI215||Airframe Systems I||4.0||2||6||M||REQ|
|AVI220||Airframe Systems II||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|AVI225||Rotary Wing Systems & Maintenance||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|AVI230||Advanced Aircraft Electrical Systems||4.0||2||6||M||REQ|
|AVI335||Airframe Electronic and Instrument Systems||2.0||1||3||M||REQ|
|ENL121||English Composition II||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|ENL201||Technical and Professional Communication||3.0||3||S||REQ|
|AVC315||Avionics and Radio Communications||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|AVC316||Avionics and Radio Communication Applications||1.0||3||M||REQ|
|MTH161||Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications||3.5||3||1.50||S||REQ|
|SCL||Science Elective with lab||4.0||S||SCL|
|AVC325||Dependent and Autonomous Navigation Systems||3.0||3||M||REQ|
|AVC326||Dependent Navigation Systems Applications||1.0||3||M||REQ|
|AVC322||Human Error in Aviation Technology||3.0||Writing Enriched Requirement||3||M||REQ|
|AVC304||Proven Aviation Credential||1||M||REQ|
|AVC405||Avionics Auxiliary Sustems||2.0||2||M||REQ|
|AVC406||Avionics Auxiliary Systems Applications||1.0||3||M||REQ|
|AVC493||Senior Project Proposal||1.0||1||M||REQ|
|AVC450||Avionics Integration Management||3.0||1||6||M||REQ|
|SSP||Core Social Science Perspective||3.0||S||SSP|
|ARP||Core Arts Perspective||3.0||S||ARP|
|CDP||Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective||3.0||S||CDP|
|AVI492||Aviation Capstone Internship||3.0||M||REQ|
|AVC497||Aviation Capstone Project||3.0||1||6||M||REQ|
|HIP||Core Historical Perspective||3.0||S||HIP|
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