Aviation Maintenance Technology (BAV)

(Effective Fall 2011)

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) with another 20 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Remediation Strategies

Students entering the baccalaureate degree will be expected to meet the College standards for mathematics, English and reading. Students who fail to meet more than one of these standards will be required to remediate before admittance to the major. Students who fail to meet only one standard may be granted conditional admittance with approval from the academic school dean. The student will be allowed to register for major courses, but must successfully remediate any deficiency during the first two semesters in the major. Failure to remediate within the first two semesters will result in termination from the major and possibly the College.

Transfer Procedures

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 (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A 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 successfully employed and demonstrate the capacity for professional advancement.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
AVI100 Aviation Practices I 2  
AVI105 Aviation Practices II 2  
AVI110 Aviation Fundamentals I 2  
AVI115 Aviation Fundamentals II 2  
AVI120 Aviation Science I 2  
AVI125 Aviation Basic Electricity I 2  
AVI140 Aircraft Reciprocating Engines 4  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
Second Semester Credits
AVI130 Aviation Science II 2  
AVI135 Aviation Basic Electricity II 2  
AVI145 Aircraft Turbine Engines 4  
AVI150 Aircraft Engine Fuel Metering Systems 2  
AVI155 Aircraft Engine Ignition Systems 2  
AVI160 Aircraft Engine Systems 4  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
Third Semester Credits
AVI165 Engine Electrical Systems 4  
AVI170 Aircraft Engine Troubleshooting and Inspection 4  
AVI200 Vintage Aircraft Structures 2  
AVI205 Sheet Metal Aircraft Structures 4  
AVI210 Composite Aircraft Structures 2  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
Fourth Semester Credits
AVI215 Airframe Systems I 4  
AVI220 Airframe Systems II 2  
AVI225 Rotary Wing Systems & Maintenance 2  
AVI230 Advanced Aircraft Electrical Systems 4  
AVI335 Airframe Electronic and Instrument Systems 2  
AVI340 Airframe Inspection 2  
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
Fifth Semester Credits
AVC313 Avionics Maintenance Theory I 3  
AVC314 Avionics Maintenance Applications I 1  
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
Sixth Semester Credits
AVC323 Avionics Maintenance Theory II 3  
AVC324 Avionics Maintenance Applications II 1  
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
Seventh Semester Credits
AVC320 Human Factors in Aviation Technology 3  Science, Technology and Society Requirement
AVC493 Senior Project Proposal 1  
AVC Directed Aviation Technology Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
CDC Cultural Diversity/Liberal Arts Elective 3  
Eighth Semester Credits
AVC450 Avionics Integration Management 3  
AVC496 Senior Project 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  


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