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As global airways grow more congested, pilots must now rely more than ever on the integrity of aircraft navigation and communication systems to keep air travel safe. Advances in the electronics of traditional aircraft, expansion of airline fleets, and the emergence 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. Aviation electronics can also be called Avionics.

  Spartan’s Toolbox:

  • Nearly 8,000 sq. ft. of classroom and lab space
  • More than 40 types of test equipment including more than 100 digital oscilloscopes
  • Four custom autopilot trainers
  • Six Garmin 1000 training kiosks
  • Wide range of test benches
  • Rigol Spectrum Analyzers

Aviation Electronics Technology Program

Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Electronics Technology

(Degree) · Program Length: 15 months

Through the use of industry-relevant training devices and curriculum developed for UAV electronics and aircraft technicians, these students gain the technical skills for today’s advanced electronics and aerospace industries. Students study FAA regulations, learn to read and use aircraft maintenance manuals, and 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.

Aviation Electronics Technology Course Work

Graduates of the Spartan College Aviation Electronics Technology program will learn essential 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.

Learn more about our Classes and Program Details, or read Alumni Reviews.

Alumni from this program are in the following career tracks:

Robotics Electronics
Simulator Development
Avionics Repair Shops
Aircraft Manufacturing
General Electronics

Alumni have held the following positions:

Avionics Technician
Radar Technician
UAV Technician
Communication Technician
Electronics Technician
AV Equipment Installer
Satelite Technican

Alumni have worked at:

ARINC Incorporated
Autopilots Central
AVCOM Avionics
Ball Aerospace
Delta Airlines
Duncan Aviation
General Atomics
High Desert Avionics, Inc.
L-3 Communications
Lockheed Martin
Sierra Nevada Corporation
Tech Aero Avionics Systems
United Airlines

Increased Demand for Airline Technicians

According to the Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook 2019-2038, 804,000 new civil aviation pilots and 769,000 new maintenance technicians will be needed to fly and maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years.*

*Boeing: Pilot and Technician Outlook,

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