Federal Aviation Administration

(Effective Fall 2011)

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

A student cannot enter the major with a MTH 004 deficiency. 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 remedial 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 could 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 employed in the field of aviation maintenance and repair, aviation management, a related industry, or graduate from a four-year degree major.

Performance Standards

Students must earn a 'C' or better in all FAA-approved Airframe and Powerplant courses to progress in the major and be prepared to take the FAA written exams.


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  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 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  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
Summer Session Credits
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 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  
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  
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  
AVI235 Aircraft Electronic and Instrument Systems 2  
AVI240 Aircraft Inspection 2  
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  

Additional Information

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