(Effective Fall 2020)

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.

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

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.

Transfer Procedures

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 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 prepared for aviation maintenance employment with the capacity for professional advancement.

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

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
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
or
CSC229 Cybersecurity for Non-IT Majors 3.0 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 20.0
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
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
TOTAL CREDITS 19.0
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
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
TOTAL CREDITS 19.0
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
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
AVI340 Airframe Inspection 2.0 1 3 M REQ
ENL121 English Composition II 3.0 3 S REQ
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3.0 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 19.0
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
AVC315 Avionics and Radio Communications 3.0 3 M REQ
AVC316 Avionics and Radio Communication Applications 1.0 3 M REQ
SPC Speech Elective 3.0   S SPC
MTH161 Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications 3.5 3 1.50 S REQ
SCL Science Elective with lab 4.0   S SCL
TOTAL CREDITS 14.5
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
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
PHS103 Physics Survey 3.0 3 S REQ
OEA Open Elective 3.0   S OEA
OEE Exploration Electives 3.0   S OEE
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
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
TOTAL CREDITS 16.0
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
EET145 Networking I 4.0 3 3 S REQ
AVI492 Aviation Capstone Internship 3.0 M REQ
or
AVC497 Aviation Capstone Project 3.0 1 6 M REQ
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3.0   S HIP
OEA Open Elective 3.0   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 13.0

Accreditation

National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies