Bachelor's in Avionics
Avionics bachelor programs explore the technical and scientific elements of aircraft operations. Learn about degree requirements, courses of study, professional certification and median salary info for avionics technicians.
What Courses Will I Take in an Avionics Bachelor's Degree Program?
Your bachelor's degree program in avionics will teach you science, engineering and technology fundamentals and their application in aviation. In addition to general education requirements, the Federal Aviation Administration requires avionic technicians to receive a minimum of 1,900 hours of classroom training. You will achieve these training hours through didactic lectures as well as hands-on training in the areas of communication, flight control and navigation. Courses also cover topics in:
- Surveillance systems
- Radio communication
- Electronic communication
- Electrical power systems
- Propeller systems
- Turbine engines
- Fuel, air and exhaust systems
- Circuit analysis
- Microprocessor systems
- Airborne electronics maintenance
|Common Courses||Propeller systems, circuit analysis, radio communication, electrical power systems, microprocessor systems|
|Learning Environment||Traditional classroom programs|
|Continuing Education||Certification may be required, depending upon occupation|
|Median Salary (2020)||$66,680 (Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians)|
|Job Outlook (2019-2029)||5% growth (Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Can I Earn this Degree Online?
There are no online bachelor degree programs in avionics available. This degree is offered as an on-campus program due to the tools and equipment needed for hands on training. An option may be to take your general education courses online and then complete the remaining courses through a traditional program.
Will I Need To Be Certified or Licensed?
Avionics technicians working on civilian aircraft are required to be certified by the FAA. You must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, be fluent in English and have technical training to qualify for the certification test. Testing consists of written, oral and practical skills tests. You will need 1,000 hours of work experience and 16 hours of training every two years to keep your certification valid.
Most employers will require you to have earned your Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certification through the FAA. In addition, avionics technicians working on communications systems must pass a General Radio Telephone Operator licensing exam administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Bachelor's degree programs in avionics typically require these certification and licensing tests to be taken by students. Passing scores resulting in certification and licensure are required for graduation from the program.
What is the Career Outlook?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), career opportunities for avionics technicians are expected to increase by 4% from 2019-2029 (www.bls.gov). The best opportunities will be for those with experience and A&P certification. As of May 2020, the median annual salary for avionics technicians was $67,840.