The Associate in Science Degree in Aviation Technology prepares men and women for professional careers in aviation maintenance. Graduates may seek employment with airlines, fixed base operators, or aircraft manufacturers.
Nashua Community College is an FAA approved training facility. Students who complete this program will be prepared to apply for the FAA oral, written, and practical exams for the Airframe and Powerplant Technician License.
The Aviation Technology program places major emphasis on the study of actual aircraft, structures, and powerplants and related systems. The 21-month curriculum includes one summer session and covers a wide variety of subjects concerned with airplanes: reciprocating engines, turbines, fuel systems, propellers, ignition, electrical systems, and hydraulic systems. A great deal of reading is required, as well as the ability to interpret FAA regulations and manufacturers' technical specifications.
In addition to the general admission requirements, Aviation Technology applicants should be aware of the following criteria:
- Excellent English skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding are required.
- High school courses such as physics, electronics, and computer programming are recommended.
- Students will be required to purchase approximately $1,300 of tools upon entrance to the program.