Aviation Technology

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Day Program/ FAA Certification Number NSUT025K

The Associate of Science Degree in Aviation Technology prepares men and women for professional careers in aviation maintenance. Graduates may seek employment with airlines, fixed base operators, or aircraft manufacturers.

Nashua Community College is an FAA approved training facility. Students who complete this program will be prepared to apply for the FAA oral, written, and practical exams for the Airframe and Powerplant Technician License.

The Aviation Technology program places major emphasis on the study of actual aircraft, structures, and powerplants and related systems. The 21-month curriculum includes one summer session and covers a wide variety of subjects concerned with airplanes: reciprocating engines, turbines, fuel systems, propellers, ignition, electrical systems, and hydraulic systems. A great deal of reading is required, as well as the ability to interpret FAA regulations and manufacturers' technical specifications.

In addition to the general admission requirements, Aviation Technology applicants should be aware of the following criteria:

  1. Excellent English skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding are required.
  2. High school courses such as physics, electronics, and computer programming are recommended.
  3. Students will be required to purchase approximately $1,300 of tools upon entrance to the program.
ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
AVTN101N Maintenance Forms & Records 2 3 3
AVTN102N Airframe Structures I 2 6 4
AVTN108N Aviation Drafting & Blueprint Reading 3 0 3
General Education Core:  Quantitative Literacy 4 0 4
AVTN103N Airframe Structures II 3 6 5
AVTN104N Materials & Processes 2 3 3
AVTN106N Aviation Electronics 2 2 3
PSYC130N Human Relations 3 0 3
General Education Core:  English/Communications 3 0 3
AVTN105N Aircraft Systems 3 3 4
AVTN202N Airframe Electrical Systems 2 4 3
AVTN203N Hydraulics & Pneumatics 3 5 5
AVTN107N Digital Logic 2 2 3
AVTN204N Assembly & Rigging 2 6 4
AVTN206N Reciprocating Engines I* 3 6 5
AVTN208N Engine Systems* 2 3 3
AVTN209N Aircraft Propellers* 2 3 3
PHYS101N Physical Science I 3 2 4
AVTN207N Reciprocating Engines II* 3 6 5
AVTN210N Turbine Engines & Systems* 3 3 4
AVTN211N Carburetion & Fuel Systems* 2 3 3
AVTN212N Engine Electrical Systems* 2 6 4
General Education Core:  Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness 3 0 3
Total 88 Credits

*A student must have completed all FAA General Section Courses or posses an FAA Air Frame Certificate to be eligible to take these courses.

*Aviation Tool List

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Program Outcomes

Upon the completion of the degree in Aviation Technology, graduates will be able to:

  1. Perform maintenance and inspections on aircraft using FAA and manufacturers' instructions.
  2. Perform maintenance on aircraft structures using FAA and manufacturers' instructions.
  3. Perform maintenance on aircraft powerplants using FAA and manufacturers' instructions.
  4. Inspect and repair aircraft composite structures using FAA and manufacturers' instructions.
  5. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  6. Demonstrate legal and moral judgment when supervising others.
  7. Demonstrate positive work ethics, integrity, and knowledge of work skills.
  8. Exercise a desire to continue professional development and lifelong learning.
  9. Successfully pass the FAA airframe and powerplant certification examination.
  10. Find employment directly related to the field of study.

In addition, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competency in the general education outcomes.

Program Profile