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12 Jan 2017

Aviation Electronics Technology (Denver)

Aviation Electronics can also commonly be referred to as Avionics. The main areas of concentration in this field include communications, navigation, air traffic control, instrumentation and automatic flight control. Avionic technicians or Aviation Electronics technicians can work in maintenance, repair, manufacturing and installing new systems. A graduate of this program is not only trained in basic electronics, but in advanced aircraft communication and navigation equipment and their specialized test equipment as well as unmanned aerial systems that relate to the emerging field related to unmanned aerial vehicles – also known as drones.

Aviation electronics play a key role in the development and construction of satellites, helicopters, and aircraft of all types and sizes. Technicians in the field are responsible for the assembly, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and installation of these airborne and space-related components. This includes the emerging field of Unmanned Aerial Systems and Vehicles (UAV).

Aviation Electronics Training

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Learn in a simulated work environment in our facilities, featuring:

  • Nearly 8,000 sq. ft. of classroom and lab space
  • A large variety of test equipment
  • 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
Aviation Electronics Course Work

Aviation Electronics Course Work

The program is designed to prepare you for FCC certification tests. Labs and equipment used in the program have been selected from companies that set the standards in their field, including HP, Honeywell, Collins, King, Pace, IFR, Aspen, Dynon, and Barfield. To teach fundamentals, the program uses electronic trainers from BK Precision, Lab-Volt, Snap-On, Tektronix, Garmin, Michel, and Linaire.

Spartan’s education helps you develop the technical skills you need. Aircraft are highly complex machines, and they must function safely. Avionics technicians work with avionics electronics systems, which are instruments and computers that control engine, flight and other primary functions including aircraft navigation and radio communications. These systems are now an integral part of aircraft design and have had a huge influence on aircraft capability.

Graduates of the Spartan College Aviation Electronics Technology program will master essential avionics concepts in courses such as:

  • AC Electronics – Covers the concepts of voltage, current, and resistance along with various circuit components and how they react in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits.
  • Communication and Navigation System – Teaches VHF, HF and SatCom forms of communication and aviation systems as well as cockpit display and enhanced vision systems.
  • DC Electronics – 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.
  • Digital Electronics – Discusses digital electronic concepts including number conversion, gates, flip/flops and counters and requires the application of these in lab projects.
  • Gyroscopes and Autopilot Systems – Gain an understanding of basic flight theory, flight controls, gyroscopes and gyroscopic systems and requirements including the ACD and pilot/static systems.
  • Instrumentation and Control – Teaches the various components of an analog circuit, basic soldering techniques and how to read wiring diagrams and schematics.
  • Pulse Microwave Systems – Gain a fundamental understanding of the theory, operation and practical usage of pulse microwave systems and their relationship to safety in aviation
  • Solid-State Electronics – Describes the basic concepts of solid-state theory and how to troubleshoot solid-state electronics using common test equipment.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Students will maintain and operate a complete UAV, and will learn basic troubleshooting techniques for ground control stations and UAVs maintenance.

Since many industry employers prefer graduates with important certifications, our training also helps you prepare for selected Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification tests2. Aviation Electronics students have the opportunity to take certification exams in elements 1, 3, and 82 under the auspices of the FCC exams. All tests are administered on the Spartan campus.

Aviation Electronics Careers

Aviation Electronics Careers

Today’s aircraft are highly complex machines that require reliable components and systems to fly safely. To keep aircraft in peak operating condition, aircraft and avionics equipment technicians perform scheduled maintenance, make repairs and complete inspections. They must follow detailed federal regulations set by the FAA that dictate maintenance schedules for a variety of different operations.

Avionics or aircraft electronic technicians typically do the following:

  • Test electronic instruments, using circuit testers, oscilloscopes, and meters
  • Interpret flight test data to diagnose malfunctions and performance problems
  • Assemble components, such as electrical controls and junction boxes, and install software
  • Install instrument panels, using hand and power tools
  • Repair or replace malfunctioning components
  • Keep records of maintenance and repair work

Typical entry-level positions for Spartan graduates of this program include:1

  • Avionics Technician
  • Field Technician
  • Bench Technician

Learn more about our career development services and important program disclosures and occupations the Department of Labor lists as potential careers for graduates of this program.


At Spartan College, you can graduate with an associate degree in aviation electronics in just 15 months, which can provide you with rich opportunities to work in the avionics industry. Interested in seeing the training facilities?

For complete consumer information including placement and earnings for graduates of this program refer to the Consumer Information page.

1 Graduates without experience in the field will likely start in entry-level positions.