Aviation Systems Technology

Program Description

The Aviation Systems Technology program provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to qualify for an aircraft mechanic’s certificate with airframe and/or powerplant ratings. The curriculum is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under 14 CFR Part 147, which governs aviation maintenance schools.

Coursework includes aviation mathematics, FAA regulations, basic electricity, and aircraft drawings; aircraft structures, systems and components; aircraft engines theory, systems and components; and aircraft inspections. The program requires 91 SHC for degree completion and takes two full years (fall, spring and summer). Students receive hands-on training with a number of simulators and actual aircraft.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Inspect airframe and powerplant components, systems and structures as allowed by FAA authority
  • Repair airframe and powerplant components, systems and structures within the prescribed limits as allowed by FAA authority
  • Demonstrate proper documentation of maintenance, servicing, and repair records as required by FAA standards and authority

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, students may enter the workforce as mechanics with:

  • air carriers
  • aircraft manufacturers
  • repair stations
  • fixed base operators
  • flight schools
  • government aviation operations

Transfer Opportunities

While the AAS is a degree leading to possible job placement upon graduation, Craven Community College has a special relationship for transfer to a BS degree in Industrial Technology with East Carolina University and a BS Degree in Aviation Management with Southern Illinois University.

Contact Information

Director - Aviation Systems Technology

Dean of Havelock Campus

Admissions Office
252-638-7430 – New Bern

252-444-6012 – Havelock


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