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Aircraft Electronics
Program Code: 10-402-2

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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 70 Credits
S. J. Spanbauer Center, Oshkosh
Financial Aid Eligible

Note: Aircraft Electronics students will be required to follow mandatory FAA attendance and grading guidelines during the first year of the program.

If you plan to take any coursework prior to entry into the Aircraft Electronics program, please request the required documents prior to enrolling in coursework. FAA regulations requires a special attendance and grading process. Online and ITV courses are not applicable to the Aircraft Electronics program. Please contact Gene Zastera at or (920) 232-6004 to request this documentation.

Career Opportunities

The common industry term for aircraft electronics is avionics; therefore, as an aircraft electronics technician, you will be designated an avionics technician. You will be responsible for a variety of tasks which are typically performed on the aircraft or in the avionics shop environment. Tasks include installing, inspecting, testing, repairing, and aligning aircraft communication, navigation, and flight control systems.

In order to perform the required tasks, you will utilize highly specialized avionics test equipment along with manufacturer's documentation. The General Radiotelephone Operator's License, issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) upon successful completion of the FCC exam, is a prerequisite for employment as an avionics technician.

Program Description

The Aircraft Electronics program is a two-year course of study consisting of four semesters. The program operates from August through May. Technical Studies courses begin in August. General Studies courses can be taken in the Spring and Summer terms.

The curriculum is designed to give you the skills necessary for a job as an entry-level avionics technician. The design of the program allows you to spend more than 50% of your time in hands-on experience with modern avionic systems and associated test equipment.

Note: The first year of this program is the same as the Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic program; therefore, as an Aircraft Electronics graduate, you may also elect to complete the Airframe and Powerplant program at FVTC with only one additional year of instruction.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements

  • Skills assessment
  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Official high school transcript or equivalent

Please Note: An ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 65 or greater or successful completion of Program Prep Math is required to take College Technical Math 1A, which is a corequisite to all Technical Studies courses.

Program Outcomes

The graduate of the program meets the requirement as an entry-level avionics technician by demonstrating the following:

  • Obtain the National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT) Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification.
  • Develop an understanding and comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations governing Aviation Maintenance Technicians.
  • Demonstrate proper use of standard avionics electronic test equipment for installation, repair and calibration of avionics systems.
  • Follow recommended safety procedures when working on aircraft.
  • Utilize documentation while performing avionics tasks.
  • Comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations governing avionics technicians.
  • Use logical thinking in performing day-to-day activities.
  • Communicate and work effectively within a team-focused work group in different ever-changing environments and time constraints.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Oshkosh S. J. Spanbauer Center—3601 Oregon Street

Helpful High School Courses

Algebra, trigonometry, physics, electricity/electronics and computer courses.

FVTC/University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Partnership

Graduates of the Aircraft Electronics program have a unique credit transfer opportunity with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Credits from this associate degree transfer into the Bachelor of Applied Studies in Leadership and Organizational Studies degree program offered through UW Oshkosh’s Center for New Learning.

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For more information regarding the Aircraft Electronics program, visit our department website at

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

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