Aircraft avionics programs are offered by community colleges, technical schools and 4-year colleges and universities.
10 Schools with Aircraft Avionics Programs
These schools offer aircraft avionics programs at the diploma, certificate and associate's degree levels.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*|
|Redstone College||Broomfield, CO||2-year, Private||Associate's||$15,743|
|Pima Community College||Tucson, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,974 in-state
|National Aviation Academy||Concord, MA; Clearwater, FL||2-year, Private||Certificate||$35,000 (for largest program)|
|Guilford Technical Community College||Jamestown, NC||2-year, Public||Associate's||$2,064 in-district
|North Seattle College||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||Certificate||$4,458 in-state
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,834 in-state
|Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology||Tulsa, OK||4-year, Private||Diploma, Associate's||$16,395|
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,753 in-state
|Indian Hills Community College||Ottumwa, IA||2-year, Public||Diploma, Associate's||$3,840 in-state
|Atlanta Technical College||Atlanta, GA||2-year, Public||Diploma, Certificate, Associate's||$2,746 in-state
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for aircraft avionics schools:
- Due to the technical aspects of aircraft avionics, prospective students may want to consider programs with access to facilities with up-to-date avionics technology and labs.
- Students interested in specifically becoming aviation technicians might check for programs that are accredited by the Aviation Technician Education Council.
- Look for student organizations that offer opportunities such as research projects, guest speakers and continuing education.
Certificate Programs in Avionics
Certificate programs may offer traditional classroom courses in addition to the hands-on training that is required for FAA accreditation, which varies depending on the type of certificate. Completion of an FAA-accredited program can be used as a substitution for work experience that the FAA requires for several major certifications. Students gain practical experience working with training equipment through hands-on labs. An internship or practicum is also often required.
Associate's Degree Programs in Avionic Technology
Associate's degree programs typically take about two years to complete. Upon completion, students are eligible for the FAA airframe and power plant certification. Math and physical sciences will make up most of the non-avionic courses, and there will be significant time spent working hands-on with technology. Programs typically require an internship or practicum.
Bachelor's Degree Programs in Aviation Maintenance
Aviation maintenance offers two tracks in technology and management. The technology curriculum teaches students about the structures of the airplane body and the systems that facilitate flight, such as fuel and ignition. Management curricula focus on the human factors of the aviation industry, such as safety and human resource management. Study abroad opportunities are available for either program, and students may be required to complete a senior project.
Master's Degree Programs in Aviation Management
Industry professionals who wish to transition to the business side of the avionics field may consider pursuing graduate studies. Most programs offer specializations such as human factors. Students may need to complete a thesis or final project.
Students who are interested in an aircraft avionics program should look for accredited schools that offer facilities with up-to-date avionics technology and labs. Other considerations may include whether the school has student organizations that offer a variety of opportunities.