Aviation Electronics Technology

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).

Navigation systems

Autopilot Systems

Radar Equipment

Garmin G1000 flat screen Avionics displays

Electronic flight instrument systems

Air traffic control transponders

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
Alumni have gone on to hold positions like: 

Avionics Technician 

Bench Technicians 

Avionics 

Electronics Technician

Alumni have held employment at:

Delta Airlines 

General Atomics 

United Airlines 

Honeywell 

Navair 

The Boeing Company 

Panasonic

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 Semester 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. Students will also troubleshoot analog transistor circuits utilizing common test equipment. Towards the end of the course, students will be given a “Benchmark Lab” – a culmination of what was presented in the ELT1003 class. The grade for this lab will count as one-half of the course lab grade. Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to understand the basic concepts of transistors and amplifiers and be able to troubleshoot transistor circuits.

AVN2004 – Navigation and Instrumentation | 4 Semester Credit 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. 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. Towards the end of the course, students will be given a “Benchmark Lab” – a culmination of what was presented in the AVN2004 class. The grade for this lab will count as one-half of the course lab grade. Upon completion of this course, the student is expected to 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.

AVN2007 – Unmanned Aerial Systems and Robotics | 4 Semester 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. 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 are expected to be eligible to take the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot – Small Unmanned Aircraft General exam.

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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.

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