April 26, 2016

Aviation & Aerospace Technology

Reach for the skies!

With our program a high school Junior can be licensed to repair any type of aircraft within three years.

     Aviation and Aerospace Technology's foundation is a two-year college and career preparatory program that meets for just over two hours per day, five days per week. The rigorous curriculum prepares students to pursue further education towards careers in the aviation field and other related areas, such as engineering and computer technology. Scientific principles learned in the classroom are applied as students work on aircraft.

     The program is designed to provide instruction in a wide variety of skill areas related to the aviation technology field. Classroom instruction, the use of specialized tools to work on aircraft components in the laboratory and observations in local aviation companies provide the opportunity to become a certified aircraft technician. All training received in this program is FAA approved and is applied to the Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certification. This program exceeds the requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) part 147 under certificate number VMQT049K. 

     Students who successfully complete the Aviation and Aerospace Technology foundation program at BTC may enroll in Burlington Aviation Technology's post-secondary program for additional training in Airframe & Powerplant and Avionics on a tuition basis.

Specific topics covered in Aviation Technology at BTC include:

  • Theory of Flight
  • Fundamentals of Maintenance
  • Use of hand, power and special tools
  • Lab studies of aircraft components
  • Aerodynamics
  • A.C. & D.C. electricity
  • Aircraft batteries
  • Painting and corrosion control
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Blueprint reading
  • Computing weight and balance
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Applied Physics
  • FAA regulations and records
  • Specialized measurement devices
  • Helicopters

This portion of the program covers the foundation skills of Aviation Technology through theory and hands-on learning. High school Juniors and Seniors usually complete this portion by attending our program for half of their school day for those two years. Seniors and adults also have the option of attending all day and completing in one year.


The Airframe portion consists of 750 hours of training. It is divided into 75% hands-on and 25% theory on small general aviation aircraft, helicopters and jets. The Powerplant portion also consists of 750 hours of training and is divided similarly. These are stand-alone certifications and are trained and taught as such.


The Avionics program teaches basic navigation, communications and advanced electronics leading to The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radio Operators License (GROL) and Radar Endorsement. Each course is 300 hours in length. Call for details and class dates/times.

College Credit

The American Council of Education (ACE) will award up to 67 college credits for holding an Airframe and Powerplant License (A&P). Depending on which college you attend and what your major is will govern how much credit can be applied. At many colleges, this amount of credit is equal to an Associates Degree.

Enter college with advance placement.

95% of our students continue on to post-secondary education. Salaries for A&P technicians start from $33,000 to $45,000.

Computer Aided Testing Systems 

We have all FCC and FAA written tests available. This service is provided on an appointment basis only.

Contact us today
 with any questions or to enroll.

Moses Daly - Aviation Technology Director
(802) 864-1799

Burlington Technical Center
52 Institute Road
Burlington, Vermont 05408


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