The Spartan Avionics classes prepare students for FCC certification tests. Using various training equipment in the classroom and labs. Spartan’s classes use electronic trainers from Snap-On, BK Precision, Lab-Volt, Tektronix, Garmin, Michel, and Linaire. Focused on teaching students the fundamentals.
Much like other courses at Spartan, aviation electronics provide a balance between the lab and lectures to present the lessons in an efficient way.
AET Class Descriptions
ELT 1001 – DC Fundamentals | 4 Credits
This course focuses on basic direct-current (DC) electronics, along with the technical math required for an electronics technician. Students are introduced to the concepts of voltage, current, and resistance, along with Ohm’s law. Components discussed include conductors, semiconductors, insulators, and resistors, along with their characteristics in circuits. The course also covers the application of resistors in series, parallel, and complex circuits. Magnetism concepts, transducers, and basic types of switches are introduced, along with the use of a digital multimeter, and an introduction to schematics. Students are also introduced to the basic concepts of soldering. Shop safety is stressed throughout the course. Upon completion of this class, students should understand the concepts of voltage, current, and resistance, and how various DC components act in series, parallel, and complex circuits.
ELT 1002 – AC Theory and Control Devices | 4 Credits
This course focuses on basic alternating current (AC) electronics. Students are introduced to the concepts of voltage, current, reactance, and impedance, AC components such as inductors and capacitors, and specific AC circuits such as reactance circuits and filters. This course also introduces basic power supplies, diodes and continues with the introduction of schematics. Students continue working with a digital multimeter and begin extensive work with an oscilloscope. Shop safety is stressed throughout the course. Upon completion of this class, students should understand the concepts of voltage, current, reactance, and impedance, and how various AC components act in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits.
ELT 1003 – Amplifiers and Power Control Devices | 4 Credits
This course focuses on basic transistor theory and applies it to amplifiers, amplifier classes, amplifier configurations, operational amplifiers, and oscillators. Students learn transistor theory and transistor types, including BJT, FET, UJT, and IGBT, as well as decibel conversions, gain calculations, and amplifier construction. Students will also troubleshoot analog transistor circuits utilizing common test equipment. Upon successful completion of this course, students should understand the basic concepts of transistors and amplifiers and be able to troubleshoot transistor circuits.
ELT 1004 – Digital and Microcontroller Technology | 4 Credits
This course focuses on digital electronic concepts, such as binary/octal/hexadecimal numbers, logic gates, logic circuits including flipflops and counters, and shift registers. This course also discusses light microcontroller and microprocessor theory, encoders and decoders, and an in-depth study of data busses. Lab projects are focused on the construction and application of digital logic, up to and including a digital clock with number displays. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to describe digital electronic concepts, interpret binary data, and troubleshoot logic circuits.
ELT 1005 – Industrial Controls and Robotics | 4 Credits
This course covers a wide range of industrial electronics, components, and applications. The components discussed include industrial switches, relays, analog/digital sensors, and a full range of thyristors. This course also includes a study of residential wiring including 2 phase and 3 phase power, industrial control schematics, motor and generator theory, and programmable logic controllers (PLC)’s with applications in manufacturing. Shop safety, especially around high voltages is stressed throughout the course. Upon completion of this course, students should be familiar with the various components common in residential and industrial electronics and should be able to read basic wiring diagrams.
AVN 2001 – Aerospace Soldering and Inspection | 4 Credits
This course focuses on soldering techniques and skills for high-level soldering work and assembly. This course teaches soldering on feed thru and surface mount components to industry standards. This program uses the materials, methods, and standards for producing high quality soldered connections. A Soldering certification is issued once all soldering course requirements are met. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform J-Standard soldering to space requirements and be able to perform inspection of electronic equipment to strict industry standards.
AVN 2002 – Aerospace Wiring | 4 Credits
This course will introduce students to basic wiring concepts. Wiring diagrams, types of connectors, installation tools and common materials, as well as installation procedures and techniques will be covered. Students will fabricate an aviation quality wiring harness. The course includes the study of Avionics installation practices, with the main emphasis on wiring techniques using a wide range of specialized crimpers and the use of installation manuals. The rules and regulations of the aviation industry, including Federal Aviation Regulations, Air Transport Association codes, manufacturer’s manuals, and industry documentation requirements are also discussed. Students are introduced to the FAA Aircraft Electrical Wiring Interconnect System (EWIS) best practices, as well as the basic theory of antennas, transmission lines, and fiber optics. The course also focuses on the acceptability criteria for crimped, mechanically secured, and soldered interconnection and the corresponding lacing/restraining criteria associated with cable and harness assemblies. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be familiar with a wide range of wiring concepts and have basic knowledge of the documents and manuals used in the aviation industry.
AVN 2003 – Avionics Communication Systems | 4 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.
AVN 2004 – Navigation and Instrumentation | 4 Credits
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. Upon completion of this course, the student should 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.
AVN 2005 – Radar and Pulse Systems | 4 Credits
This course focuses on basic microwave principles and theory, using it as a basis for understanding radar/microwave devices and systems. Specific aircraft systems covered include Transponders, DME, TCAS I, TCAS II, ADS-B, Weather Radar, Radar Altimeters, TAWS, and GPWS. Upon course completion, the student should have a fundamental understanding of the theory, operation, and practical usage of various radar/microwave systems, the usage of related test equipment, and how to troubleshoot and repair these systems.
AVN 2006 – Systems Integration | 4 Credits
This course is an in-depth look at how all the different systems of an aircraft work together to perform common functions. Students will study power/data distribution, and how synchros and servos are used on the aircraft. Integration of Autonomous Navigation systems such as Air Data, inertial measurement devices, compass systems, onboard communications, and Autopilot/Autoflight are studied, demonstrating how multiple systems working together can provide reliable information to the flight crew. Next Generation Systems and digital display systems (EFIS), will also be covered. Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to describe how the discussed systems are integrated into nearly every aspect of the aircraft.
AVN 2007 – Unmanned Aerial Systems and Robotics | 4 Credits
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 will be eligible to take the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot – Small Unmanned Aircraft General exam.
CAR 2001 – Career Exploration | 1 Credits
This course is designed to help pending graduates develop an effective approach to the job search process as they approach graduation. The course emphasizes the understanding of industry expectations and job trends, assessing and developing skills for the workplace, developing a professional portfolio with cover letters and resumes, projecting professionalism, and the practical applications of networking. This course also helps develop self-promotion strategies, successful interviewing, salary negotiations, and overcoming rejection.