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, reading and keyboarding. 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.htm ). 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 SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
AVI100Aviation Practices I 2 
AVI105Aviation Practices II 2 
AVI110Aviation Fundamentals I 2 
AVI115Aviation Fundamentals II 2 
AVI120Aviation Science I 2 
AVI125Aviation Basic Electricity I 2 
AVI140Aircraft Reciprocating Engines 4 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
Second SemesterCredits
AVI130Aviation Science II 2 
AVI135Aviation Basic Electricity II 2 
AVI145Aircraft Turbine Engines 4 
AVI150Aircraft Engine Fuel Metering Systems 2 
AVI155Aircraft Engine Ignition Systems 2 
AVI160Aircraft Engine Systems 4 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Third SemesterCredits
AVI165Engine Electrical Systems 4 
AVI170Aircraft Engine Troubleshooting and Inspection 4 
AVI200Vintage Aircraft Structures 2 
AVI205Sheet Metal Aircraft Structures 4 
AVI210Composite Aircraft Structures 2 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
AVI215Airframe Systems I 4 
AVI220Airframe Systems II 2 
AVI225Rotary Wing Systems & Maintenance 2 
AVI230Advanced Aircraft Electrical Systems 4 
AVI335Airframe Electronic and Instrument Systems 2 
AVI340Airframe Inspection 2 
ENL121English Composition II 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
Fifth SemesterCredits
AVC313Avionics Maintenance Theory I 3 
AVC314Avionics Maintenance Applications I 1 
MTH160Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
SCIScience Elective 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
Sixth SemesterCredits
AVC323Avionics Maintenance Theory II 3 
AVC324Avionics Maintenance Applications II 1 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
Seventh SemesterCredits
AVC320Human Factors in Aviation Technology 3 Science, Technology and Society Requirement
AVC493Senior Project Proposal 1 
AVCDirected Aviation Technology Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
CDCCultural Diversity/Liberal Arts Elective 3 
Eighth SemesterCredits
AVC450Avionics Integration Management 3 
AVC496Senior Project 3 Writing Enriched Requirement
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 


National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies