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Aviation Electronics Technology Programs

Since 1980, PIA has been one of the select schools in the nation that offers a program specifically designed for the repair and maintenance of the complex avionics systems that are utilized within an aircraft and throughout the aviation industry. Our Aviation Electronics Technology program goes beyond the scope of just identifying and replacing faulty equipment. Graduates of our avionics program have advanced component level troubleshooting skills that can save employers a significant amount of money.

What Do Aviation Electronics Technicians Do?

AET-gallery-6Aviation electronics, otherwise known as avionics, are the brains of aircraft. Aviation electronics technicians are masters of identifying and repairing issues with communications systems, navigation equipment, display screens and more. Our AET program helps students acquire the National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies, Aircraft Electronics Technician Certification (NCATT AET), with coursework covering:

  • Amplifiers
  • Microprocessors
  • Communications Transceivers
  • Navigation Systems
  • Microwave Systems
  • Radar Equipment
  • And more

AET students test, inspect and repair avionics systems. They leave PIA with a vast catalogue of electronics knowledge and the know how to identify practically any malfunction.

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AET Program Location and Details

AST Degree


Associate in Specialized Technology Degree
Length: 21 Months (7 – Three Month Terms)
Total Hours: 2,478

Course Outline:

Course Code and TitleCredit Hours
EN101 English Composition3.0
GS111 Blueprint Reading1.0
GS113 Safety & the Environment1.0
HI104 World History – Aviation3.0
MA102 Foundations of Mathematics4.0
PH117 Basic Physics4.0
PH119 Introduction to Electricity1.0
Course Code and TitleCredit Hours
EL125 Practical Electricity3.0
EL126 Electrical Systems3.0
GS127 Using Reference Materials2.0
MA106 Mathematics for Technology3.0
Course Code and TitleCredit Hours
EL135 Introduction to Electronics3.0
EN105 Technical Writing3.0
GS136 Introduction to Instruments & Controls2.0
GS137 Advanced Instruments & Controls3.0
Course Code and TitleCredit Hours
EL243 Diodes, Transistors, and Semiconductors3.0
EL244 Applications of Amplifiers and Power Supplies4.0
EL247 Electronic Techniques and Practices3.0
Course Code and TitleCredit Hours
EL252 Basic Digital Techniques2.0
EL254 Advanced Digital Techniques4.0
EL257 Introduction to Microprocessors2.0
EL258 Digital Applications for Electronics2.0
Course Code and TitleCredit Hours
EL261 Advanced Radio Theory2.0
EL262 Communications Transceivers3.0
EL263 Navigation Systems3.0
EL264 Individualized Audio & Entertainment Systems1.0
EN208 Professional Communication1.0
Course Code and TitleCredit Hours
EL372 Avionics Shop Practices1.0
EL374 Microwave Systems4.0
EL376 Radar Surveillance and Weather Avoidance2.0
EL378 Automatic Flight Control Systems3.0

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National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT) Certification

The NCATT AET certification identifies the core knowledge of an Aircraft Electronics/Avionics technician that is common across the industry. This includes the military, air carrier, air cargo, repair stations, fixed-based operators, corporate flight departments, and manufacturers. The NCATT AET Certification demonstrates the knowledge base of an advanced aerospace technician and promotes integrity, safety, and professionalism in the aerospace workforce.

The National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT), along with their industry partners, developed the Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) Standard and Certification to address the required skills within the Aircraft Electronics/Avionics career field.

Qualification for NCATT AET Exam including:

  • The ASTM NCATT AET certification examination is open to all individuals regardless of career field, training, education or experience.
  • Examinations are provided electronically.
  • Examinations are provided in English.

The NCATT is a requirement for PIA students in the AET Program effective January 1, 2023.

FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License

A General Radiotelephone Operator’s License (GROL) is required to adjust, maintain, or internally repair FCC licensed radiotelephone transmitters in the aviation, maritime, and international fixed public radio services. It conveys all of the operating authority of the Marine Radio Operators Permit (MP). It is indispensable for a future in aviation electronics.

The GROL is optional for PIA students in the AET Program to obtain in addition to the NCATT.

Dual Ticket Option

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For the past several decades, aviation employers have hired licensed avionics technicians to ensure the advanced electronics of the aircraft are deemed airworthy. They would additionally employ A&P certified technicians to maintain all other aspects of an aircraft. In an effort to increase efficiency, a majority of employers now actively seek out skilled technicians that are capable of doing both of these activities.

This is where PIA’s dual ticket option comes in!

PIA’s curriculum is to allow a graduate of one AST Degree program to be able to complete the second AST Degree program in an additional 12 months. Graduates that have completed both programs are often the first considered for employment by most employers.

Contact PIA’s Admissions Department for details.