Whether general aviation aircraft or transport, modern aircraft require highly-trained technicians to manage hardware, troubleshoot systems and maintain airframe structures and power-plants. The programs in Aviation Technologies are ranked among the best in the country and were developed with input from industry representatives and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide the requisite skills and broad educational experience necessary in today's competitive environment.
Optional paths within the major provide a great deal of flexibility in preparing for a career in the aviation industry. Students may pursue the FAA approved airframe and power-plant certificate in a five semester sequence of coursework or they may include the airframe and power-plant certificate, with additional coursework to concentrate on a particular area of interest in Aviation Technologies, as part of their Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technologies.
The Bachelor of Science degree program in Aviation Technologies is designed to enhance technical training students have received in aviation maintenance or electronics. This technical training may be acquired through SIUC (FAA, airframe and power-plant certificate), at other post-secondary institutions, in the military, or in the case of aviation maintenance, at other FAA approved maintenance schools certified under F.A.R. Part 147.