This department is in the division of Applied Technology, Transportation & Culinary Arts.

Aeronautics

The Aeronautics Department curriculum offers students several ways to qualify for employment in the aviation industry.

Overview

For over fifty years, the San Bernardino Valley College Aeronautics program has produced high quality graduates for employment in the aviation industry.

Costing only a fraction of private schools, our FAA Certified program produces high quality graduates who are sought after in the aviation industry.

Some of our former graduates are employed at the following businesses and other industries besides aviation:

  • Amusement Parks
  • Cessna Citation
  • Delta Airlines
  • Federal Express
  • General Atomics
  • Hydraulics Specialist
  • Oil Refinery Maintenance Mechanic
  • Recreational Vehicle Technician
  • Scott Oxygen Systems
  • Sky West Palm Springs
  • Southern California Aviation
  • Unical Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • UPS (United Parcel Service Airline Division)

Students may pursue an Associate of Science degree or certificates in Airframe and Powerplant Technology. Students desiring specific ratings or licenses should consult with faculty in the Aeronautics Department and/or the Federal Aviation Administration. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in aeronautics should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

Degrees/Certificates

Airframe Maintenance Technician Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students to qualify for the Airframe Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which enables the holder to perform 100 hours and annual inspections on aircraft ranging from small aircraft used in general aviation to jets utilized by commercial airlines. The written examinations are administered by the FAA at computer testing centers. The total program requires 1,150 hours of lecture and laboratory.

REQUIRED COURSES: Units
AERO 050 General/Calculations and Basic Electricity Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 5
AERO 050L General Laboratory/Calculations and Basic Electricity Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 2
AERO 051 General/Materials and Servicing Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 5
AERO 051L General Laboratory/Materials and Servicing Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 2
AERO 052 Airframe Maintenance - Structures 6
AERO 052L Airframe Maintenance Laboratory - Structures 5
AERO 053 Airframe Maintenance - Systems and Components 6
AERO 053L Airframe Maintenance Laboratory - Systems and Components 5
 
RECOMMENDED COURSE: Units
AERO 015 Nano Composite Technology 2
 
Total Units 36 - 38
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Familiarization with and application of general/calculations and basic electricity of aviation as required by the FAA
  2. Familiarization with and application of general/materials and servicing of aviation as required by the FAA
  3. Interpret airframe and powerplant manuals
  4. Preform required inspections on an aircraft
  5. Troubleshoot aircraft, airframe and powerplant systems
  6. Service aircraft, airframe and powerplant systems
  7. Assess the serviceability of parts
  8. Write descriptive descrepancy reports

Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students to qualify for the airframe and powerplant certificates issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which enables the holder to perform 100 hours and annual inspections on aircraft ranging from small aircraft used in general aviation to jets utilized by commercial airlines. The written examinations are administered by the FAA at computer testing centers. The total program requires 1,900 hours of lecture and laboratory.

REQUIRED COURSES: Units
AERO 050 General/Calculations and Basic Electricity Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 5
AERO 050L General Laboratory/Calculations and Basic Electricity Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 2
AERO 051 General/Materials and Servicing Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 5
AERO 051L General Laboratory/Materials and Servicing Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 2
AERO 052 Airframe Maintenance - Structures 6
AERO 052L Airframe Maintenance Laboratory - Structures 5
AERO 053 Airframe Maintenance - Systems and Components 6
AERO 053L Airframe Maintenance Laboratory - Systems and Components 5
AERO 054 Powerplant Maintenance - Reciprocating Engine Overhaul 6
AERO 054L Powerplant Maintenance Laboratory - Reciprocating Engine Overhaul 5
AERO 055 Powerplant Maintenance - Accessory Overhaul 6
AERO 055L Powerplant Maintenance Laboratory - Accessory Overhaul 5
 
Total Units 58
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Familiarization with and application of general/calculations and basic electricity of aviation as required by the FAA
  2. Familiarization with and application of general/materials and servicing of aviation as required by the FAA
  3. Interpret airframe and powerplant manuals
  4. Perform required inspections on an aircraft
  5. Troubleshoot aircraft airframe and powerplant systems
  6. Service and repair aircraft airframe and powerplant systems
  7. Assess the serviceability of parts
  8. Write descriptive discrepancy reports

Aviation Maintenance Technician A.S. Degree Major

To graduate with a specialization in Aviation Maintenance Technician, students must complete the following requirements with a grade of C or better plus the general breadth requirements for the Associate Degree (minimum total = 60 units).  This degree enables the holder to perform 100 hours and annual inspections on aircraft ranging from small aircraft used in general aviation to jets utilized by commercial airlines.

REQUIRED COURSES: Units
AERO 050 General/Calculations and Basic Electricity Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 5
AERO 050L General Laboratory/Calculations and Basic Electricity Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 2
AERO 051 General/Materials and Servicing Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 5
AERO 051L General Laboratory/Materials and Servicing Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 2
AERO 052 Airframe Maintenance - Structures 6
AERO 052L Airframe Maintenance Laboratory - Structures 5
AERO 053 Airframe Maintenance - Systems and Components 6
AERO 053L Airframe Maintenance Laboratory - Systems and Components 5
AERO 054 Powerplant Maintenance - Reciprocating Engine Overhaul 6
AERO 054L Powerplant Maintenance Laboratory - Reciprocating Engine Overhaul 5
AERO 055 Powerplant Maintenance - Accessory Overhaul 6
AERO 055L Powerplant Maintenance Laboratory - Accessory Overhaul 5
 
Total Units 58
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Interpret airframe and powerplant manuals
  2. Perform required inspections on an aircraft
  3. Troubleshoot aircraft airframe and powerplant systems
  4. Service and repair aircraft airframe and powerplant systems
  5. Assess the serviceability of parts
  6. Write descriptive discrepancy reports
  7. Broaden their possibilities for advancement in their career fields
  8. Further their education at a four-year university to complete a bachelor degree

Avionics Technology Certificate

This certificate is designed to provide students with the fundamentals of electronics technology as it applies to avionics. The curriculum prepares students for entry-level positions in aircraft electricity, maintenance, installation, field service, networking, and apprenticeship in the field of avionics technology. Students working for certificates must have a basic knowledge of arithmetic, reading and writing in order to learn and work in the occupations they select.

REQUIRED COURSES: Units
TECALC 087 Technical Calculations 4
ELECTR 110 Direct Current Circuit Analysis 3
ELECTR 111 Direct Current Circuit Laboratory 1
ELECTR 115 Alternating Current Circuit Analysis 3
ELECTR 116 Alternating Current Circuit Laboratory 1
ELECTR 155 Electronic Drawing and Assembly 3
ELECTR 230 Semiconductor Devices 3
ELECTR 235 Solid State Circuit Analysis 4
ELECTR 265 Digital Logic Design 4
ELECTR 266 Microprocessor Technology with Assembly Language 4
ELECTR 270 Linear Integrated Circuit Analysis 4
AERO 021 * Aviation Fundamentals 3
AERO 040 Instrument Ground School 4
ELECTR 220C FCC Rules and Regulations 3
ELECTR 250C Radio Transmitters, Receivers and Antennas 4
ELECTR 257C Navigation and Communication Systems 4
 
Total Units 52
 
*AERO 052 & 053 can be substituted for AERO 021 & 040
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Be prepared to transfer a core curriculum to an accredited, 4-year college or university with junior class standing in electronics technology or a related major
  2. Select and operate electronic test equipment during troubleshooting and repair operations, with an emphasis on safety in use and accuracy in results
  3. Analyze, interpret, and trace digital logic diagrams used in signal tracing of complex navigational and airborne communications circuits
  4. Effectively communicate with and advise customers and co-workers, both written and orally, regarding the progress of and decisions made concerning test and repair procedures
  5. Be eligible to sit for industry/Federal-style examinations on the theory and procedures of avionics technology

Avionics Technology A.S. Degree Major

To graduate with a specialization in Avionics Technology, students must complete all requirements for the certificate with a grade of C or better plus the general breadth requirements for the Associate Degree (minimum total = 60 units). 

REQUIRED COURSES: Units
TECALC 087 Technical Calculations 4
ELECTR 110 Direct Current Circuit Analysis 3
ELECTR 111 Direct Current Circuit Laboratory 1
ELECTR 115 Alternating Current Circuit Analysis 3
ELECTR 116 Alternating Current Circuit Laboratory 1
ELECTR 155 Electronic Drawing and Assembly 3
ELECTR 230 Semiconductor Devices 3
ELECTR 235 Solid State Circuit Analysis 4
ELECTR 265 Digital Logic Design 4
ELECTR 266 Microprocessor Technology with Assembly Language 4
ELECTR 270 Linear Integrated Circuit Analysis 4
AERO 021 * Aviation Fundamentals 3
AERO 040 Instrument Ground School 4
ELECTR 220C FCC Rules and Regulations 3
ELECTR 250C Radio Transmitters, Receivers and Antennas 4
ELECTR 257C Navigation and Communication Systems 4
 
Total Units 52
 
*AERO 052 & 053 can be substituted for AERO 021 & 040
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Be prepared to transfer a core curriculum to an accredited, 4-year college or university with junior class standing in electronics technology or a related major
  2. Select and operate electronic test equipment during troubleshooting and repair operations, with an emphasis on safety in use and accuracy in results
  3. Analyze, interpret, and trace digital logic diagrams used in signal tracing of complex navigational and airborne communications circuits
  4. Effectively communicate with and advise customers and co-workers, both written and orally, regarding the progress of and decisions made concerning test and repair procedures
  5. Be eligible to sit for industry/Federal-style examinations on the theory and procedures of avionics technology

Flight Operations Certificate

This certificate program in Flight Operations is designed for students interested in careers as a pilot in general aviation, commercial aviation,or military aviation. This certificate prepares students for employment or transfer to other colleges, and includes Federal Aviation Administration approved curricula in basic ground school, advanced ground school, and instrument ground school. Through the San Bernardino Valley College Flying Club students have the opportunity to gain flight experience at a nominal cost as they prepare for the private pilot, commercial pilot, or instrument pilot ratings. Students working tor certificates must have a basic knowledge of arithmetic, reading, and writing in order to learn and work in the occupations they select.
Required Courses: Units
AERO 021 Aviation Fundamentals 3
AERO 022 Private Pilot Ground School 6
AERO 024 Aircraft Powerplants 3
AERO 025 Flight Safety 2
AERO 026 Airframe Structures 3
AERO 040 Instrument Ground School 4
AERO 046 Aviation Weather 3
 
Total Units 24
AERO 022 may be waived if students have taken an equivalent course, students are encouraged to see the Department Chair to determine whether course is equivalent to AERO 022.  
 
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Relate the basic principles of aircraft flight, airport layout, airplane construction, and types of airspace
  2. Relate the major aircraft structural components, and the aircraft systems and components and their relevance to aircraft operation
  3. Discuss the factors involved in aircraft flight safety
  4. Compare the different  types of aircraft powerplants and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each
  5. Decipher the different types of weather reports and forecast and determine if aircraft flight is safe
  6. Explain the basic principles of aircraft flight
  7. Outline how the different types of weather affect aircraft flight safety

Flight Operations and Management A.S. Degree Major

To graduate with a specialization in Flight Operations and Management students must complete the following requirements with a grade of C or better plus the general breadth requirements for the Associate Degree (minimum total = 60 units). This degree is for students who are interested in a career as a commercial pilot either in general aviation, the airlines, or in the area of aviation management.

Required Courses: Units
AERO 021 Aviation Fundamentals 3
AERO 022 Private Pilot Ground School 6
AERO 024 Aircraft Powerplants 3
AERO 025 Flight Safety 2
AERO 026 Airframe Structures 3
AERO 027 Airport Certification and Operations 2
AERO 034 Civil Aviation Management and Laws 3
AERO 040 Instrument Ground School 4
AERO 046 Aviation Weather 3
BUSAD 100 Introduction to Business 3
PHYSIC 101 Introductory Physics 4
 
Total Units 36
AERO 022 may be waived if students have taken an equivalent course, students are encouraged to see the Department Chair to determine whether course is equivalent to AERO 022.  
 
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Relate the basic principles of aircraft flight, airport layout, airplane construction, and types of airspace
  2. Relate the major aircraft structural components, and the aircraft systems and components and their relevance to aircraft operation
  3. Discuss the factors involved in aircraft flight safety
  4. Compare the different  types of aircraft powerplants and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each
  5. Decipher the different types of weather reports and forecast and determine if aircraft flight is safe
  6. Explain the basic principles of aircraft flight
  7. Outline how the different types of weather affect aircraft flight safety
  8. Explain the relevance of Federal Regulations and laws to aircraft flight safety
  9. Contrast the differences in requirements between general aviation, air carriers, and the air cargo industry
  10. Examine the different business aspects involved in aviation management

Powerplant Maintenance Technician Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students to qualify for the Powerplant Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which enables the holder to perform 100 hours and annual inspections on aircraft ranging from small aircraft used in general aviation to jets utilized by commercial airlines. The written examinations are administered by the FAA at computer testing centers. The total program requires 1,150 hours of lecture and laboratory.

REQUIRED COURSES: Units
AERO 050 General/Calculations and Basic Electricity Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 5
AERO 050L General Laboratory/Calculations and Basic Electricity Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 2
AERO 051 General/Materials and Servicing Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 5
AERO 051L General Laboratory/Materials and Servicing Airframe and Powerplant Technologies 2
AERO 054 Powerplant Maintenance - Reciprocating Engine Overhaul 6
AERO 054L Powerplant Maintenance Laboratory - Reciprocating Engine Overhaul 5
AERO 055 Powerplant Maintenance - Accessory Overhaul 6
AERO 055L Powerplant Maintenance Laboratory - Accessory Overhaul 5
 
Total Units 36
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Familiarization with and application of general/calculations and basic electricity of aviation as required by the FAA
  2. Familiarization with and application of general/materials and servicing of aviation as required by the FAA
  3. Read and interpret powerplant manuals, charts and task sheets
  4. Perform required inspections, maintenance and repairs on aircraft powerplants
  5. Troubleshoot aircraft powerplant systems and components
  6. Overhaul aircraft powerplants
  7. Read and interpret powerplant overhaul manuals measure and determine serviceability of parats
  8. Write descriptive and concise discrepancy reports

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