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 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 (UAV).

Increased Demand for Airline Pilots and Technicians

New Civil Aviation Pilots*
New Maintenance Technicians*

# of Pilots/Technicians needed to fly and maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years according to the Boeing Pilot Technician Outlook 2020 – 2039.

*Boeing: Pilot and Technician Outlook,

What equipment does our school have to offer?

Garmin G1000 Flat Screen Avionics Displays

Navigation Systems

Autopilot Systems

Radar Equipment

Air Traffic Control Transponders

Navigation systems

Autopilot Systems

Radar Equipment

Garmin G1000 flat screen Avionics displays

Electronic flight instrument systems

Air traffic control transponders

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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
4 credit hours

ELT1003 – Amplifiers and Power Control Devices
4 credit hours

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
4 credits hours

AVN2004 – Navigation and Instrumentation
4 credits 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.

AVN2007 – Unmanned Aerial Systems and Robotics
4 credit hours

AVN2007 – Unmanned Aerial Systems and Robotics
4 credit hours

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.

Alumni have gone on to hold positions like: 

Avionics Technician 

Bench Technicians 


Electronics Technician

Alumni have held employment at:

Delta Airlines 

General Atomics 

United Airlines 



The Boeing Company 


Industry Outlook
Alumni have gone on to hold positions like:
  • Avionics Technician
  • Bench Technicians
  • Avionics
  • Electronics Technician
Course Work

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.

Aviation Electronics Technology student working in Tulsa
Program Details
Aviation Electronics Technology
Diploma · Program Length: 12 months
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 learn about UAV’s and 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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