Aircraft Avionics Schools: How to Choose

In an aircraft avionics program, students learn to work with the electrical systems that facilitate communications and navigation during flight. Programs in aircraft avionics are available at the certificate, associate's, bachelor's and master's levels.

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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
$8,610 out-of-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
$2,208 in-state
$7,056 out-of-state
North Seattle College Seattle, WA 4-year, Public Certificate $4,458 in-state
$9,693 out-of-state
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,834 in-state
$9,661 out-of-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
$8,875 out-of-state
Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa, IA 2-year, Public Diploma, Associate's $3,840 in-state
$5,760 out-of-state
Atlanta Technical College Atlanta, GA 2-year, Public Diploma, Certificate, Associate's $2,746 in-state
$4,882 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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.

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