Aviation & Aerospace Technology
If you have a passion for aviation, love hands-on work and complex problem solving, a career in aviation may be for you. There is a huge, unmet demand for qualified aircraft mechanics; recruiters visit or contact our program on a regular basis in hopes of hiring our highly qualified graduating students for various high-paying job opportunities.
This unique two-year program has a highly technical and multidisciplinary curriculum that teaches students not only how aircraft work but how to troubleshoot, inspect, and maintain those aircraft. Students enroll in the program for two academic years, attending class 8 hrs/day, 5 days/wk.
Secondary Aviation and Aerospace Technology (also known as the FAA General) is a 490 hour required prerequisite course for the post-secondary program and may be completed within one academic year prior to acceptance to the post-secondary program. Units include everything from the basics like math and physics to more aviation-specific subjects like corrosion control, aircraft hardware, flight surfaces, as well as FAA rules and regulations. We blend classroom theory with plenty of hands-on practical experience in order to prepare our students for a future in aviation. Students disassemble and reassemble piston and turbine engines, learn about hand tools and how to properly use them, learn to weld, and even how to run an aircraft on the ground.
Post-Secondary Aviation and Aerospace Technology picks up where the prerequisite program leaves off and is intended for students pursuing their Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic certification. Students will receive in-depth, hands-on training in subject areas such as aircraft assembly and rigging, sheet metal fabrication and repair, advanced composites, avionics, inspection procedures and turbine and piston engine maintenance. While some time is spent in the classroom environment, most of the learning occurs in the hangar where students receive hands-on experience working on our diverse fleet of airplanes and helicopters.
Tuition funding for the program is available through VSAC as well as the DOL. After graduating from this two-year program, students have the option of continuing their education through our special articulation agreement with Vermont Technical College.
Applications for the program open in January and close in March. Space is limited and certain requirements apply. Find out more today!