(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.

Curriculum

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
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 20
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
TOTAL CREDITS 19
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
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 19
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
AVI335 Airframe Electronic and Instrument Systems 2 1 3 M REQ
AVI340 Airframe Inspection 2 1 3 M REQ
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 19
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
AVC313 Avionics Maintenance Theory I 3 3 M REQ
AVC314 Avionics Maintenance Applications I 1 3 M REQ
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
AVC323 Avionics Maintenance Theory II 3 3 M REQ
AVC324 Avionics Maintenance Applications II 1 3 M REQ
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
AVC320 Human Factors in Aviation Technology 3 Science, Technology and Society Requirement 3 M REQ
AVC493 Senior Project Proposal 1 1 M REQ
AVC Directed Aviation Technology Elective 3   M AVC
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
CDC Cultural Diversity/Liberal Arts Elective 3   S CDC
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
AVC450 Avionics Integration Management 3 1 6 M REQ
AVC496 Senior Project 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 13

Accreditation

National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies