Aviation Electronics Technology In Tulsa Area

Associate of Applied Science | 15 Months
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Training the Next Generation of Aviation Electronics Technicians

As global airways grow more congested, pilots must rely on 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. This includes the development and deployment of satellites, helicopters, and aircraft of all types and sizes.

Spartan’s Aviation Electronics Technology (AET) program (also known as Avionics) has been training Electronics Systems Technicians for decades. Our students train to use industry-related technology to test the reliability and operational status of Avionics Systems. In addition, students build their own electronic trainer, FM receiver, and more; including assembling and programming their own Drone (UAV).

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Program Details​

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Aviation Electronics Technology
Associate of Applied Science Degree · Program Length: 15 months

Our programs are designed to teach students entry-level technical skills in electronics that are applicable in aviation as well as other industries. Students learn to read and use aircraft maintenance manuals and how to read and interpret aircraft commercial drawings and electronics schematics. They study FAA regulations, 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.

In addition, associate degree students will focus on interpersonal skills such as oral and written communication, customer service and diversity in the workplace.

A Day in the Life of a Student
  • Build and troubleshoot aerospace electronics
  • Programming and flying drones
  • Assembling and testing radar systems
  • Developing and maintaining circuit boards and microwave devices
  • Utilizing high reliability soldering and building wiring harnesses to integrate systems
  • Building, testing and installation of various instrument panels
  • Learn about encrypted electronics communications

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Course Work

Graduates of the Spartan College Aviation Electronics Technology program will learn 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 (Drones)

Students will maintain and operate a complete UAS and will learn basic troubleshooting techniques for ground control stations and drone maintenance.
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Part of the Demand for Airline Technicians

*New Civil Aviation Pilots
*New Maintenance Technicians
# of Pilots/Technicians needed to fly and maintain the North America fleet over the next 20 years 
according to the Boeing Pilot Technician Outlook 2023 – 2042.
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Sample Classes

The core electronics portion of the Aviation Electronics Program provides versatility in several different industries that include manufacturing of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), medical, oilfield, renewable energy, and other electronic technical fields. A theory based and hands-on combination of classes offer training in electronic circuit testing and troubleshooting. The program specialty classes provide shop, flight line testing, and repair facilities for navigation, communications, and radar equipment. 

Spartan College classes use electronic trainers and instruments from Snap-On, BK Precision, Lab-Volt, Tektronix, Garmin, Michel, and Linaire among others. Spartan College is focused on teaching students the fundamentals of avionics to prepare them for an entry level career. Much like other courses at Spartan College, aviation electronics provide a balance between the lab and lecture.
ELT1003 – Amplifiers And Power Control Devices
AVN2004 – Navigation And Instrumentation
AVN2007 – Unmanned Aerial Systems And Robotics
ELT1003 – Amplifiers And Power Control Devices

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.
AVN2004 – Navigation And Instrumentation

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.
AVN2007 – Unmanned Aerial Systems And Robotics

In this Associate level 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.



What is Aviation Electronics Technology?

One of our favorite questions to answer. Aviation Electronics Technology (AET) is the specific field of electronics that deals directly with aircraft electronic equipment. This practice is also known as Avionics and incorporates equipment including radios, navigation equipment, autopilot, cables, entertainment systems, and so much more.

How long does it take to complete the Aviation Electronics Technology program?

The Associate of Applied Science is 15 months, you’ll be done in less than a year and a half.

What are the prerequisites for the AET program?

Simply provide evidence you have graduated high school or equivalent, like the General Education Development (GED) test. You’ll also need your high school transcript or an official copy of the military DD214 may be used as an official proof of high school graduation only if the document includes a specific graduation date.)  
For a full list of prerequisites, check out our College Catalog for our Tulsa programs.

Explain the differences between Aviation Electronics Technology and Avionics?

There is no difference between the two terms, other than one is the shorter, catchier nickname for the profession and program. Avionics helps keep your conversation going without taking time on the mouthful that is Aviation Electronics Technology.  
We keep it formal for our programs because it’s the correct thing to do for higher education institutions.

What jobs do folks with Aviation Electronics Technology associate’s degrees work in?

Graduates of Spartan’s AET program can be found in a variety of jobs, some of our graduates have gone on to work as: 

  • Avionics Technician 
  • Bench Technicians 
  • Biomedical Technician 
  • Aircraft Test technician 
  • Airframe Technician 
  • Assembly & Tester 
  • Avionics Installation Technician 
  • Environmental and Functional Test Technician 
  • Field Avionics Technician 
  • Test Technician – Radio Frequency

What’s the tuition cost to complete the AET program?

Get the most up-to-date information about all our programs, we regularly update our Catalog Supplement guide. It’ll give you the full scoop on all tuition, fees, and any associated costs of training at Spartan. Get in touch with an Admissions rep.

What kind of equipment will we train with?

First, you’ll get familiar with basic electronic components, then get up close and personal with Garmin G1000 Flat Screen Avionics Displays, radar equipment, navigation and autopilot systems, and air traffic control transponders among other things.

What are some of the classes in the AET program?

Here is a small sampling of courses you will encounter on your avionics journey: 

  • Amplifiers and Power Control Devices 
  • Industrial Controls and Robotics 
  • Aerospace Soldering and Inspection 
  • Aerospace Wiring 
  • Avionics Communication Systems 
  • Navigation and Instrumentation 
  • Radar and Pulse Systems 
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems and Robotics

What topics will I be taught in AET?

day in the life of a typical AET student involves building and troubleshooting aerospace electronicsprogramming and flying drones, assembling and testing radar systems, using high reliability soldering and building wiring harnesses to integrate systems, and so much more. There’s hardly a dull day. 

Do I have to complete general education classes in this program?

Yes, all of our programs involve general education courses.  When earning your associate’s degree, you’ll be required to take a few more general education classes than you would when earning your diploma.

Do you offer class schedules at different times?

All Spartan classes are on a set schedule. However, most students find our class times convenient to their busy lifestyles. If you’re looking for specifics, check out our College Catalog.

Is there hands-on learning?

Absolutely. About half of your time as a student will be spent in class and the other in hands-on lab environment. 

Are internships required to graduate?


Where can I find more about the experiences from alumni?

We’re so glad you asked. See the aviation pioneers who have come before you on our Spartan Alumni and our Tulsa testimonials pages.

You probably have a lot of questions about college. If you don’t find the answers you need on these pages, just call 918-831-8688 to speak with an admissions representative.

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