Avionics programs are offered at both the associate's and bachelor's degree levels. Both programs include classroom as well as hands-on training.
Ten Schools with Avionics Programs
The following schools have programs in avionics. Tuition is for the 2015-2016 school year.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degree Levels||Tuition*|
|Cochise County Community College||Douglas, AZ||Public, 2-year||Associate's, Certificate||$1,848 (In-state) $6,000 (Out-of-state)|
|Enterprise State Community College||Enterprise, AZ||Public, 2-year||Associate's, Certificate||$4,320 (In-state) $7,770 (Out-of-state)|
|Guilford Technical College||Jamestown, NC||Public, 2-year||Associate's, Certificate||$2,064 (In-district) $2,208 (In-state) $7,056 (Out-of-state)|
|Hallmark University||San Antonio, TX||Private, not-for-profit, primarily Associate's, 4-year||Associate's, Certificate||$34,700|
|Ivy Tech Community College||Indianapolis, IN||Public, 2-year||Associate's||$4,115 (In-state) $7,992 (Out-of-state)|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University||Daytona Beach, FL||Private, not-for-profit, 4-year||Bachelor's||$33,218|
|North Central Institute||Clarksville, TN||Private, for-profit, 2-year||Associate's||$16,780|
|Middle Georgia State University||Macon, GA||Public, 4-year||Associate's, Certificate||$3,890 (In-state) $10,919 (Out-of-state)|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||Williamsport, PA||Public, primarily Associate's, 4-year||Bachelor's||$15,810 (In-state) $22,470 (Out-of-state)|
|Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics||West Mifflin, PA||Private, not-for-profit, 2-year||Associate's||$20,345|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
When choosing an avionics school, students should first make sure schools are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Certified avionics programs require a minimum of 1,900 class hours, which takes at least two years to complete. Avionics engineering technology degree program accreditation is overseen by ABET. A student who wishes to expand his or her education can earn a bachelor's degree in this field.
Further considerations for selecting a program:
- Prospective avionics students should also consider the hands-on training and lab facilities at an avionics school.
- Students may also look for a classroom curriculum that provides a strong math and information technology component.
Avionics programs are offered as associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees, with both hands-on training and classroom work. An associate's degree program provides a foundation in science and math with training on the mechanical and technological aspects of avionics. While preparing students for careers as avionics mechanics, an associate's degree in avionics program focuses on linear electrical circuits, logistics, engineering applications, computer aided design software and analytical testing. Junior colleges and trade schools concentrate on turbine engines, aviation electronics and composite materials that are increasingly used in modern aircraft technology.
Graduates of an associate's degree program in avionics may be able to apply credits to a bachelor's degree. The first two years of a bachelor's degree program in avionics includes several of the same courses as in an associate's degree program, along with core science and math courses. Bachelor's degree programs in avionics programs bridge the work of engineers designing aircraft engine and mechanics repairing and maintaining the engines. Courses focus on avionics installation and maintenance, distribution and power systems, traffic alert, avoidance systems, and flight control systems.
Avionics programs are offered at both public and private colleges and universities throughout the United States. Tuition rates vary greatly so prospective students should study each school's program information to determine which program best meets their interests.