Aspiring avionics technicians can find necessary postsecondary training at a variety of community colleges, technical institutes and vocational schools around the country. Housed in aeronautics, aviation or electronics departments, avionics training may be comprised of two to four years of full-time study.
10 Schools with Avionics Technician Training Programs
These schools offer avionics technician training programs at the certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree levels. Some programs may require students to pay an additional fee for tools.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*|
|Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Atlanta||Duluth, GA||2-year, Private for-profit||Certificate||$17,897|
|Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Philadelphia||Philadelphia, PA||2-year, Private for-profit||Certificate||$17,997|
|Cochise County Community College||Douglas, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,848 in-state, $6,000 out-of-state|
|Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology||Tulsa, OK||4-year, Private for-profit||Diploma, Associate's||$16,395|
|San Joaquin Valley College-Fresno Aviation||Fresno, CA||2-year, Private for-profit||Associate's||$30,210 (total program cost)|
|National Aviation Academy of Tampa Bay||Clearwater, FL||2-year, Private for-profit||Certificate||$35,000 (total program cost)|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach||Daytona Beach, FL||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Associate's, Bachelor's||$33,218|
|Wichita Area Technical College||Wichita, KS||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$7,317 in-state, $8,728 out-of-state|
|National Aviation Academy of New England||Concord, MA||2-year, Private for-profit||Certificate||$35,000 (total program cost)|
|Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics||West Mifflin, PA||2-year, Private not-for- profit||Associate's||$20,345|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when choosing a school for an avionics technician program:
- Look for a degree program in electronics with an avionics concentration or a certificate-granting program designed to train future technicians.
- Seek programs that prepare the student for credentials offered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or Federal Communications Commission, as some employers may require these credentials for entry-level jobs.
- Coursework offered by the program should focus on certification examination content.
Certificate Programs for Avionics Technicians
Certificate programs in avionics can usually be completed within one year of full-time study. Courses provide students interested in becoming avionics technicians with entry-level skills, such as electronics assessment, equipment testing, installation proficiency and repair techniques.
Associate's Degree in Avionics Technology
Associate's degree programs combine coursework in a wide range of aviation electronic technologies with general education and liberal arts courses. Participants learn how to diagnose problems, test systems, install components and repair equipment. Some programs provide specific preparation for FAA certification or offer transferable credit toward a bachelor's degree program in aviation maintenance.
Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Maintenance
Baccalaureate programs in aeronautics and aviation maintenance may offer avionics courses in conjunction with training geared toward certified aircraft maintenance technicians. Specialized bachelor's degree programs in avionics alone are rare, but those that exist typically offer advanced courses in areas such as microelectronics and microprocessor fundamentals.
Aspiring avionics technicians should look for programs that prepare them for FAA credentials. When choosing a school, prospective students should also consider what programs and credential preparation courses are offered.