Aviation & Aerospace Technology

opened aircraft engine in the hangar

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

This program is a highly technical and multidisciplinary curriculum that teaches students not only how aircraft work but how to troubleshoot, inspect and maintain those aircraft. 

Units include everything from the basics like math and physics to more aviation-specific subjects like corrosion control, aircraft hardware, flight surfaces, as well as FAA rules and regulations. We blend classroom theory with plenty of hands-on practical experience in order to prepare our students for a future in aviation. 

Students disassemble and reassemble piston and turbine engines, learn about hand tools and how to properly use them, learn to weld, and even how to run an aircraft on the ground.

CREDENTIALS, CERTIFICATIONS, WORK-BASED LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Airframe & Powerplant (A&P); College credits available: Aviation related colleges may award (up to 67) college credits to students earning their Airframe & Powerplant License (A&P); National Technical Honor Society, SkillsUSA

High School credits available include: 

Occupations

• Aircraft Mechanic A&P
• Avionics Technician
• Aerospace Engineer
• Aviation Manufacturing
• Pilot
• Aircraft Manufacturing Engineer
• Electrician
• Research and Development Technician
• Composite Fabricator

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Jason Cooper, B.S., A&P

Jason is the Aviation and Aerospace Technology instructor at Burlington Technical  Center.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology from the State University of New York at Alfred.  Jason is also an FAA  certificated Airframe & Powerplant mechanic.
 
He taught in the BTC Aviation post-secondary program for over five years before transitioning to the high school in 2017. 
 
Jason has a long history of working on mechanical and electrical systems that started on the family farm and continued when he attended an electrical trades course at a local tech center during high school.  After college, he spent over ten years troubleshooting automation systems used in the production of microelectronics at IBM  before going back to school for aviation. Jason worked on aircraft for several years as an A&P  before moving into education. His passion for anything mechanical,  electrical or aviation-related helps him to inspire his students to work and try harder.

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Program Outcomes

The graduates from the BTC Aviation and Aerospace Technology program have the option of attending our satellite facility at the Burlington airport to continue their training and obtain their Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificate. High school graduates may earn $45,000 + as an A&P. Our students find jobs in almost any part of the US. One recent graduate in Utah is earning $58,000 per year, gets 4+ days off at a time, and travels for free on the airline he works for. He has only worked for this company for a year and a half. Some of our students have continued on to college and/or to flight school. Others have joined the armed services to become aircraft mechanics.

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