Avionics Technician Program

Description

UCF Division of Continuing Education in partnership with Avionics Technicians Association (ATA).

The Avionics Technicians Association (ATA) has partnered with the University of Central Florida's Division of Continuing Education in offering a three-month, 72-hour, training program to prepare individuals for certification to work in the aviation industry. The Avionics Technician Program (ATP) focuses on teaching the proper techniques for installation of electronic equipment for navigation and communication systems of an aircraft.

The program will cover topics such as:

  • Electronic navigation instruments and communication
  • Technical education
  • Aviation safety
  • Quality control
  • Human factor
  • The newest aviation technology known as NextGen

Effective January 1, 2020, all aircraft must be equipped with the NextGen ADS-B technology to be compliant with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. This training program is designed to meet the needs of the aviation industry while developing local talent for jobs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, avionics technicians earn a median salary of $58,540 up to $87,570.

Training includes reviews and tests for two of the most important licenses of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and one-year membership in the Avionics Technician Association.


Program Outline

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Week 1: Theory

  • Introduction Instructor & Students
  • Expectations of the course and classroom rules & safety
  • Explanation of student package
  • Types of airplanes & categories (General Aviation, Corporate Airplanes, Commercial Aviation)
  • Parts of the airplane (Rudder, Flaps, Elevator, Etc.)
  • Gyroscopic Instruments (Heading Indicator, Attitude Indicator, Turn Coordinator)
  • Vacuum System
  • Pitot Static System (Airspeed Indicator, Vertical Speed, Altimeter)
  • ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast)
  • VOR (VHF Omnidirectional Range)
  • DME (Distance Measuring Equipment)
  • NDB & ADF (Non-directional Radio Beacon & Automatic Direction Finder)
  • Radios, COMM, Audio Panel, Navigation
  • Antennas

Week 2: Theory

  • GPS (Global Positioning System)
  • WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System)
  • Transponders (Mode A, Mode C, Mode S)
  • ELT ( Emergency Locator Transmitter)
  • ATC (Air Traffic Control)
  • EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System)
  • PFD (Primary Flight Display)
  • MFD / ND (Multi-function Display / Navigation Display)
  • TCAS (Traffic Collision and Avoidance System)
  • Bus Bar (Aircraft Electrical System Components)
  • Human Factors
  • General Review
  • Assessment

Weeks 3: Hands-on Training

  • Pitot Static Test / System Diagram / System Error / Barfield 1811 D Tester
  • Terminals & Connectors
    • D-Sub
    • Molex
    • Circular Connectors
    • Connector Design & Usage
  • Coax Cable
    • BNC Connectors
    • TNC Connectors
  • Quadrax Connectors Familiarization
    • Basics of building High-speed Network Cable
  • Fiber Optics Introduction
    • Fiber Optic Cables
    • Applying Fiber Optics in Aviation

Weeks 4: Hands-on Training

  • Basic Electronics
    • Ohm's Law
    • Series & Parallel Circuit
    • Resistors Color Codes
    • Alternating Current (AC)
    • Direct Current (DC)
    • Logic Gates (AND, OR, NOR, XOR)
    • Diodes
    • Capacitors
    • Use of Multimeter
    • Use of Oscilloscope
    • Use of Function Generator
    • Use of Power Supply

Weeks 5 and 6: Hands-on Training

  • Familiarization of Tools (Hand Tools / Crimp Tools)
  • Use of Daniels AFM8, AF8 Crimp Tool
  • Go-NO-Go Gauge
  • Use of HX3 / HX4 Crimp Tool
  • Schematic Symbols
  • Soldering Techniques
  • Wire Splice
  • Soldering Jacks
  • Wire Tying Knot

Weeks 7 through 12: Radio / Audio Panel / Transponder Harness Assembly

  • Inventory of Wire harness kits
  • Schematic familiarization (GMA340 / GTR200 / GTX345)
  • Assembly Connectors for GMA340 (Audio Panel)
  • Assembly Connectors for GTR200 (Radio)
  • Assembly Connectors for GTX345 (Transponder)
  • Perform harness ring-out (continuity check)
  • Install Harnesses to the Radio, Audio Panel, and Transponder
  • Connect ADS-B to iPad for live Air Traffic Surveillance
  • Disassembly wire harnesses and inventory kits