As global airways grow more congested, pilots must rely on the integrity of aircraft navigation and communication systems to keep air travel safe. Advances in the electronics of traditional aircraft, emerging aerospace industries, expansion of airline fleets, and the increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), has resulted in an increased demand for well-trained technicians with expertise in manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and installation of new and existing systems. Learn about the development and deployment of satellites, helicopters, and aircraft of all types and sizes. Learn more about Aviation Electronics Technology, or “Avionics”, at Spartan College.
Spartan’s Aviation Electronics Technology (AET) program has been training Electronics Systems Technicians for decades. Our students train to use sophisticated technology to test the reliability and operational status of all Avionics Systems. In addition, students build their own electronic trainer, FM receiver, and more; including assembling and programming their own Drone (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).
(Degree) · Program Length: 15 months
Through the use of industry-relevant training devices and curriculum developed for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) electronics and aircraft technicians, students may learn technical skills for today’s advanced electronics and aerospace industries. Students study FAA regulations, learn to read and use aircraft maintenance manuals, how to read and interpret aircraft commercial drawings and electronics schematics as they apply to large and small aircraft including UAVs. In addition, associate degree students focus on interpersonal skills such as oral and written communication, customer service, and diversity in the workplace.
Broomfield (Denver) Campus Degree Program
Total Credit Hours
Alumni have gone on to hold positions like:
Aircraft Test Technician
Airframe Technician I
Assembly & Tester
Avionics Installation Technician
Electrical Assembler and Tester
Environmental and Functional Test Technician
Field Avionics Technician
Technician – Production
Test Technician – Radio Frequency
Alumni have held employment at:
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Sierra Nevada Corporation
The core electronics portion of the Aviation Electronics Technology Program provides versatility in several different industries to include aerospace, manufacturing of unmanned aerial vehicles, medical, production, renewable energy, and other electronic technical fields. Spartan College classes use electronic trainers from Snap-On, BK Precision, Lab-Volt, Tektronix, Garmin, Michel, and Linaire. Spartan College is focused on teaching students the fundamentals of avionics. They study FAA regulations and learn the proper use of basic tools and test equipment, study electronic theory, and have hands-on training in the installation, troubleshooting and repair of electronic and avionics systems. Much like other courses at Spartan College, aviation electronics provide a balance between the lab and lecture.
AVN2003 – Avionics Communication Systems | 4 Semester Credits
This course is a complete study of electronic communication theory, with a focus on aircraft communications. Students will study AM and FM modulation, transmitters, and receivers. These knowledge areas are then applied to avionics specifically as the students learn about HF com, VHF com, and satellite communications/in-flight entertainment systems. Students will also be trained on basic com test equipment, particularly the spectrum analyzer. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to exhibit basic knowledge and skills in communication and fiber optics, operational checkout and troubleshooting, as well as an understanding of common aviation com systems.
AVN2004 – Navigation and Instrumentation | 4 Semester Credit Hours
This course is a study of aviation navigation systems and their instrumentation. The nav systems studied include VOR, GPS, Localizer, Glide Slope, Marker Beacon, and Gyros. Channeling methods and aviation-specific data busses are also introduced. This course also goes into various analog instruments and how different systems are displayed on the flight deck. Lab exercises will simulate real-world shop repair experience by requiring students to evaluate, troubleshoot, and identify equipment failure to the component level, utilizing schematics and industry-standard test equipment on actual aircraft avionics equipment. Towards the end of the course, students will be given a “Benchmark Lab” – a culmination of what was presented in the AVN2004 class. The grade for this lab will count as one-half of the course lab grade. Upon completion of this course, the student is expected to be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the various navigation systems presented in class at both the theoretical and application level, as well as troubleshooting aviation electronic equipment to the intermediate level.
AVN2007 – Unmanned Aerial Systems and Robotics | 4 Semester Credit Hours
In this course, students will learn many of the aspects of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), including classes, size, capabilities/limitations and different technologies, and different Robotic technologies as well as the FAA regulations associated with UAS’s. The course integrates prior course material associated with sensors, interface, control, communications, and flight dynamics, and further reinforces and expands upon these areas as they relate to UAS’s. UAS C3 systems and concepts are covered, as well as the maintenance aspects of the associated support equipment. Students will maintain and operate a complete small UAS and will learn basic troubleshooting techniques for ground control stations and UAS maintenance. Students will perform flight- testing, following Flight and Ground Safety procedures, along with proper use of tools and equipment. Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be eligible to take the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot – Small Unmanned Aircraft General exam.
Graduates of the Spartan College Aviation Electronics Technology program will learn avionics concepts in courses such as:
Covers the concepts of voltage, current, and resistance along with various circuit components and how they react in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits.
Teaches VHF, HF and SatCom forms of communication and aviation systems as well as cockpit display and enhanced vision systems.
Explores the concepts of voltage, current, and resistance along with various DC circuit components and how they react in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits.
Discusses digital electronic concepts including number conversion, gates, flip/flops and counters and requires the application of these in lab projects.
Gain an understanding of basic flight theory, flight controls, gyroscopes and gyroscopic systems and requirements including the ACD and pilot/static systems.
Teaches the various components of an analog circuit, basic soldering techniques and how to read wiring diagrams and schematics.
Gain a fundamental understanding of the theory, operation and practical usage of pulse microwave systems and their relationship to safety in aviation
Describes the basic concepts of solid-state theory and how to troubleshoot solid-state electronics using common test equipment.
Students will maintain and operate a complete UAS and will learn basic troubleshooting techniques for ground control stations and drone maintenance.