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Aviation Technology


Instructor: Rick Sylvester

Phone: (802) 864-8447

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Length: 2 years
: 3 per year (Science and Math Credit after two years)





High salaries and extremely challenging jobs make Aviation Technology a very attractive career. If you enjoy subjects such as aerodynamics, are fascinated by complex machinery and love aircraft, this program is an excellent choice for you.

The use of specialized tools to work on aircraft components in the laboratory and work experience in local aviation companies provide the opportunity to become a certified aircraft technician. All training received in this program is FAA approved and is applied to Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certification. Students who successfully complete the Aviation program at BTC may enroll in the Burlington Aviation Technology School ( www.burlingtonaviationtech.org ) at the Burlington International Airport on a tuition basis for additional training in Airframe and Powerplant systems. We not only have the training sites for Airframe and Powerplant, but also have a maintenance examiner on staff for complete A&P certification and written testing.

This two-year program is designed to provide instruction in a wide variety of skill areas related to the aviation technology field. These areas include basic aircraft maintenance, principles of aerodynamics, flight electronics, troubleshooting, drawing, metallurgy, physics of flight, and trends and careers in the aviation industry. This program exceeds the requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) part 147 under certificate number VMQT049K.

The first year consists of a mix of classroom/lab study, field trips to local aviation businesses, theory of flight, fundamentals of maintenance, use of hand, power and special tools, safety and laboratory studies of aircraft components, aerodynamics, piston drive engines, helicopters, landing gear systems, painting and corrosion control, math and applied physics will also be explored.

The second year in this program is a continuation of Aviation Technology I. Areas studied include airfield operations, blueprint reading, computing weight and balance, hydraulics/electrical, fuel, painting, mechanics, rigging aircraft controls, and special measurement devices. Visits to local aviation companies allow the student to have a first-hand look at working on flyable aircraft.

Qualified students earn eighteen college credits at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, through an articulated agreement, or advanced placement at any other FAR part 147 school.


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