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Schools for Aspiring Aviation Electricians: How to Choose

Aspiring avionics technicians can obtain training through a certificate, associate's degree or a bachelor's degree program. Important considerations for selecting a school include professional affiliations, access to modern facilities and job placement assistance.

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Aspiring avionics technicians typically earn undergraduate degrees in aviation maintenance, aviation technology or aviation electronics from community and technical colleges and 4-year colleges and universities. Graduates of these programs pursue careers as engineers, technicians, designers, mechanics or assemblers for manufacturers, repair companies, airlines or the military.

Schools with Aviation Electricians Programs

Programs for avionics technicians are offered at the institutions listed here.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, FL private, not-for-profit, 4 year Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's $33,218
Middle Tennessee State University Mufreesboro, TN public, 4 year Bachelor's In-state $8,080; Out-of-state $24,808
Hinds Community College Raymond, MI public, 2 year Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,600; Out-of-state $5,200
South Dakota State University Brookings, SD public, 4 year Bachelor's In-state $8,172; Out-of-state $11,053

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

There are some key factors to consider when choosing an aviation technician program.

  • Students will benefit from an avionics technicians school that provides up-to-date equipment and facilities, such as electronics laboratories or onsite aircraft.
  • Students may benefit from programs that have relationships with aircraft manufacturers or other industry organizations, since these groups may advise the school on curriculum and training needs or provide updated equipment and tools.
  • Some organizations offer internships or cooperative work experiences, which could help students receive valuable hands-on experience.
  • Some schools may offer interview and resume preparation assistance for graduates seeking employment.

Associate's Degree in Aviation Technology

Students can prepare for entry-level employment by earning an associate's degree, and they can also prepare for professional certification exams through the Federal Aviation Association or the Federal Communications Commission. Most associate's programs confer an Associate in Specialized Technology in Aviation Electronics Technology, an Associate of Applied Science in Avionics Maintenance Technology or an Associate of Science in Aviation Maintenance.

Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Electronics

Undergraduate degrees in aviation electronics include a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science with concentration in Aviation Electronics, a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Electronic Systems or a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance. Some undergraduate programs include FAA certification preparation in their curricula, while others allow students to count their existing certification for academic credit. Courses in these programs cover subjects such as calculus, physics and engineering.

There are a number of program options for those interested in preparing for a career as an aviation electrician. A certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree in aviation maintenance, aviation technology or aviation electronics can lead to a career as an aviation electrician.

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