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Aviation Technology

Associate of Applied Science

To earn Pima’s Aviation Technology AAS Degree and be able to repair and maintain aircraft, students must complete general education courses and one of these certificates: Aircraft Airframe Mechanics, Aircraft Powerplant Mechanics or Aircraft Structural Repair.

Basic skills that all graduates learn are common safety practices used when working on and around aircraft and related support equipment, how to identify and use applicable maintenance publications and documents, and knowledge and understanding of Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

The Airframe and Powerplant courses are taught per 14 CFR, Part 147 to qualify a student for FAA Airframe and Powerplant certification.  Aviation Structural Repair courses are offered as specialty training and do not fall under Part 147 guidelines. Instead, it is an industry directed curriculum that exceeds Part 147 requirements and prepares students to perform heavy structural repairs on commercial aircraft.

Conditional Enrollment Program: You will be eligible to enroll in AVM courses once you have completed the requirement listed in Program Admissions and the Department has authorized your enrollment. See the program director or advisor for more information.

Special Admissions Program: You are not fully admitted to this program until you have fulfilled the requirements listed in Program Admissions and below and have been officially admitted to the program. See the  Aviation Program Assistant for details.

Students pursuing the Airframe Mechanics and/or Powerplant concentrations must complete courses in a specific order per 14 CFR, Part 147.  See the Aviation Program Assistant or Applied Technology Advisor for more information regarding this requirement.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

Location

PCC Aviation Technology Center

Contact Information

Division of Applied Technology
Dean: 520.206.7134
Program Assistant: 520.206.5910

Careers

Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages.  Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging and Systems Assembler $39,068
Aircraft Mechanic and Service Technician $57,591

Program Requirements 2020-2021

AVM courses have reading and math prerequisites: REA 091 (or higher) or placement into REA 112; and ICS 081, MAT 089 Module 15; or placement into MAT 092.

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses. * Select courses to fulfill C or G requirements.** A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements Credits
Communication
  Recommend: GTW 101
3
Arts and Humanities
  Recommend: PHI 101
3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
  Recommend: HIS 101
3
Other Requirement
  Recommend: CIS/CSA 104
3
Special Requirement
  Recommend: HIS 101
Subtotal 12

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
Airframe Mechanics
AVM 110** Aircraft Blueprint Reading 3
AVM 114** Regulatory Requirements 3
AVM 205** Motion Dynamics 2.5
AVM 206** Materials and Processes 2.5
Subtotal 11

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
GTM 105V Applied Technical Mathematics for Aviation 3
STU 100 College Success and Career Planning 1
Subtotal 4

Core Concentrations

Select one of the following concentrations in consultation with Department Faculty: A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
Airframe Mechanics
AVM 105 Aircraft Sheetmetal Repair 4
AVM 130 Aircraft Composite Repair 4
AVM 202** Aviation Safety 2.5
AVM 207** Weight and Balance 2.5
AVM 208** Basic Electricity 4
AVM 209 Intermediate Electricity 4
AVM 211 Alternate Structure 4
AVM 218 Airframe Rigging and Landing Gear Systems 2.5
AVM 219 Airframe Inspections 2.5
AVM 223 Hydraulic and Pneumatic Power 2.5
AVM 224 Atmospheric Controls 2.5
AVM 225 Fire, Ice, Rain, and Fuel Systems 2.5
Subtotal 37.5
Aircraft Powerplant 
AVM 202** Aviation Safety 2.5
AVM 207** Weight and Balance 2.5
AVM 208** Basic Electricity 4
AVM 226 Engine Electrical 4
AVM 227 Engine Air Flow Systems 2.5
AVM 228 Aircraft Propellers 2.5
AVM 229 Engine Support Systems 2.5
AVM 231 Engine Principles, Monitoring and Inspection 4
AVM 232 Reciprocating Engine Overhaul 4
AVM 233 Turbine Engines 4
AVM 234 Engine Fuel Metering and Operation 4
Subtotal
36.5
Structural Repair 
AVM 105 Aircraft Sheetmetal Repair I 4
AVM 106 Aircraft Sheet Metal Repair II 4
AVM 130 Aircraft Composite Repair I 4
AVM 150 Aircraft Sheetmetal Repair III 4
AVM 151 Aircraft Sheetmetal Repair IV 4
AVM 165 Aircraft Hardware and Fasteners 3
AVM 203 Aircraft Sheetmetal Repair V 4
AVM 204 Aircraft Sheetmetal Repair VI 4
AVM 260/260LB
Aircraft Composite Repair II 4
Subtotal 35
Total (not including program prerequisites) 62-64.5
Total (including program prerequisites) 62-71.5

* The following required courses fulfill general education requirements: Mathematics or Science Requirement - GTM 105V fulfills this requirement.

** Students pursuing Airframe Mechanics and/or Powerplant concentrations must complete coursework in a specific order per 14 CFR, Part 147.  See the Aviation Program Assistant or Applied Technology Advisor for more information regarding this requirement.

Conditional Program/Major code: AASAVIATION/9AVM

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