Aeronautics (AERO)

AERO 015  2 Units  
Nano Composite Technology  

Lecture: 18 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

This course is an introduction to Nano Composite Structures including the manufacturing, uniqueness, strength and repair methods in the aviation field and any related fields using composites technology.

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 021  3 Units  
Aviation Fundamentals  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of aeronautics, aircraft structure and operations including space, rocketry and aeronautical occupations.

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 022  6 Units  
Private Pilot Ground School  

Lecture: 108 contact hours

This course offers complete preparation for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) private pilot written examination including aerodynamics, weight and balance, airports and airspace, meteorology, using aviation services, flight information publications, federal air regulations, navigation, radio navigation aids, cross-country flight planning, physiology of flight, and airborne emergencies.

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 024  3 Units  
Aircraft Powerplants  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the operating principles and construction highlights of both reciprocating and jet aircraft engines including internal combustion engines, jet propulsion engines, aircraft fuels and fuel systems, electrical and ignition systems, lubricants and lubrication systems, propellers, engine instrument and control systems, engine inspection, operation and troubleshooting.

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 025  2 Units  
Flight Safety  

Lecture: 36 contact hours

This course is an in-depth study of flight safety including: organizations contributing to flight safety, Pilot and passenger responsibilities, emergency radio procedures, pilot resources, ground safety, mid-air collisions, weather and night flight hazards and precautions, emergency procedures, medical factors, human factors, and crash investigation and liability.

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 026  3 Units  
Airframe Structures  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

This course is designed to familiarize the aviator or prospective pilot with the fundamentals of aircraft design and construction including: aircraft structural components, fundamentals of aerodynamics and flight, materials and hardware, ice and rain protection, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, landing gear systems, fire protection systems, electrical systems, instrument systems, weight and balance control, and blue print reading.

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 027  2 Units  
Airport Certification and Operations  

Lecture: 36 contact hours

This course covers airport certification and operations including applicability, definitions, certificate requirements, and process, Airport Certification Manual (ACM), record keeping, personnel requirements, markings, signs, and lighting, airport emergency plan, wildlife hazard management, and unmanned aerospace vehicles (UAV)(drones) issues.

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 034  3 Units  
Civil Aviation Management and Laws  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

This course covers the history of civil aviation in the United States including: federal legislation on civil aviation, international treaties and agreements relevant to civil aviation, and regulations pertaining to the management of airports, air carriers, general aviation, international air transport, and the air cargo industry.

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 040  4 Units  
Instrument Ground School  

Lecture: 54 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

This course examines the fundamentals of instrument flight in the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system and factors that can affect the operation including aerodynamics, navigation, flight planning, and communication. The subject matter is reinforced by flying various procedures in flight simulators. This course can be used as a method to meet the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for the ground instruction portion of a Biennial Flight Review (BFR) as specified in Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) 61.56.

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 046  3 Units  
Aviation Weather  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

This course covers the aspects of weather as they relate to aircraft operation and safety. Includes: Basic and hazardous weather, atmospheric winds, pressure systems as associated with weather, cloud formation, air masses and fronts, thunderstorms, turbulence and icing, fog, haze and smoke, high altitude, arctic and tropical weather, interpretation of weather reports, forecast, charts and maps.

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 050  5 Units  
General/Calculations and Basic Electricity Airframe and Powerplant Technologies  

Lecture: 90 contact hours

Corequisite: AERO 050L

This course provides training for the General requirements of the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Areas of study include familiarization of basic hand tools, applications of mathematics, basic physics, certain Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), basic electricity including application of Ohm's Law, electrical terms, units of measure, types of electrical circuits, reading and interpreting electrical diagrams, and electrical components familiarization. (Formerly AERO 100)

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 050L  2 Units  
General Laboratory/Calculations And Basic Electricity Airframe and Powerplant Technologies  

Lab: 108 contact hours

Corequisite: AERO 050

This course provides training for the General requirements of the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. The content includes the use of basic hand tools, applications of mathematics, basic physics, certain Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), basic electricity including application of Ohm’s Law, use of a volt/ohm meter, interpret electrical circuit diagrams, service and inspection of batteries. (Formerly AERO 100L)

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 051  5 Units  
General/Materials and Servicing Airframe and Powerplant Technologies  

Lecture: 90 contact hours

Corequisite: AERO 051L

This course provides training for the General requirements of the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Areas of instruction include aircraft weight and balance control, basic drafting, aircraft fluid lines and fittings, aircraft hardware, materials, non-destructive testing processes, corrosion control, aircraft cleaning and ground operations and handling. (Formerly AERO 101)

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 051L  2 Units  
General Laboratory/Materials and Servicing Airframe and Powerplant Technologies  

Lab: 108 contact hours

Corequisite: AERO 051

This course provides training for the General requirements of the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Areas of instruction include aircraft weight and balance control, basic drafting, aircraft fluid lines, fittings, aircraft hardware, materials, non-destructive testing processes, corrosion control, aircraft cleaning, and ground operations and handling. (Formerly AERO 101L)

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 052  6 Units  
Airframe Maintenance - Structures  

Lecture: 108 contact hours

Corequisite: AERO 052L

This course provides training for the Airframe requirements of the Airframe Maintenance Technician Certificate and the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Areas of instruction include airframe structures, aircraft covering, aircraft finishing, theory of flight, assembly and rigging, structural repair, aircraft inspection, and aircraft fuel systems. (Formerly AERO 102)

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 052L  5 Units  
Airframe Maintenance Laboratory - Structures  

Lab: 270 contact hours

Corequisite: AERO 052

This course provides training for the Airframe requirements of the Airframe Maintenance Technician Certificate and the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Areas of instruction include airframe structures, aircraft covering, aircraft finishing, theory of flight, assembly and rigging, structural repair, aircraft inspection, and aircraft fuel systems. (Formerly AERO 102L)

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 053  6 Units  
Airframe Maintenance - Systems and Components  

Lecture: 108 contact hours

Corequisite: AERO 053L

This course provides training for the Airframe requirements of the Airframe Maintenance Technician Certificate and the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Topics of study include aircraft welding, electrical circuits, and basic aircraft systems for power, landing, brakes warning instrumentation, autopilot, cabin atmosphere control, ice and rain control, fire protection and communications. (Formerly AERO 103)

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 053L  5 Units  
Airframe Maintenance Laboratory - Systems and Components  

Lab: 270 contact hours

Corequisite: AERO 053

This course provides training for the Airframe requirements of the Airframe Maintenance Technician Certificate and the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Topics of instruction include aircraft welding, electrical circuits, and basic aircraft systems for power, landing, brakes warning instrumentation, auto pilot, cabin atmosphere control, ice and rain control, fire protection and communications. (Formerly AERO 103L)

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 054  6 Units  
Powerplant Maintenance - Reciprocating Engine Overhaul  

Lecture: 108 contact hours

Corequisite: AERO 054L

This course provides training for the Powerplant requirements of the Powerplant Maintenance Technician Certificate and the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Topics of study include reciprocating engine theory, overhaul, inspections, lubricating systems, indicating systems, fire protection systems, and engine fuel systems. (Formerly AERO 104)

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 054L  5 Units  
Powerplant Maintenance Laboratory - Reciprocating Engine Overhaul  

Lab: 270 contact hours

Corequisite: AERO 054

This course provides training for the Powerplant requirements of the Powerplant Maintenance Technician Certificate and the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Topics of study include reciprocating engine theory, overhaul, inspections, lubricating systems, indicating systems, fire protection systems, and engine fuel systems. (Formerly AERO 104L)

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 055  6 Units  
Powerplant Maintenance - Accessory Overhaul  

Lecture: 108 contact hours

Corequisite: AERO 055L

This course provides training for the Powerplant requirements of the Powerplant Maintenance Technician Certificate and the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Topics of study include electricity, ignition, fuel, fuel metering, induction, cooling, exhaust, propellers, turbine engines and auxiliary power units. (Formerly AERO 105)

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 055L  5 Units  
Powerplant Maintenance Laboratory - Accessory Overhaul  

Lab: 270 contact hours

Corequisite: AERO 055

This course provides training for the Powerplant requirements of the Powerplant Maintenance Technician Certificate and the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Areas of instruction include electrical power generation, ignition, fuel and fuel metering, induction, cooling, exhaust, propeller systems, turbine engines and auxiliary power units. (Formerly AERO 105L)

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 098  1-4 Units  
Aeronautics Work Experience  

WRKEX: 60 contact hours

This course involves supervised training, in the form of on the job employment that will enhance the student's knowledge in the selected field of study. The student's major and job must match. For paid work, 75 hours = 1 unit; for volunteer work, 60 hours = 1 unit. Students may earn a total of 16 units toward graduation in Work Experience 098 courses. See department for specific guidelines.

Associate Degree Applicable

AERO 600  Noncredit  
Introduction to Aviation Technology  

Lecture: 16 contact hours
Lab: 48 contact hours

This noncredit introductory course gives students hands-on experience with airframe and powerplant aviation technology. It will focus on aviation principles, maintenance practices, and careers.
AERO 621  Noncredit  
Aviation Fundamentals  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

This noncredit course is an introduction to the basic principles of aeronautics, aircraft structure and operations including space, rocketry and aeronautical occupations.
AERO 622  Noncredit  
Private Pilot Ground School  

Lecture: 108 contact hours

This noncredit course offers complete preparation for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) private pilot written examination including aerodynamics, weight and balance, airports and airspace, meteorology, using aviation services, flight information publications, federal air regulations, navigation, radio navigation aids, cross-country flight planning, physiology of flight, and airborne emergencies.
AERO 624  Noncredit  
Aircraft Powerplants  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the operating principles and construction highlights of both reciprocating and jet aircraft engines including: internal combustion engines, jet propulsion engines, aircraft fuels and fuel systems, electrical and ignition systems, lubricants and lubrication systems, propellers, engine instrument and control systems, engine inspection, operation and troubleshooting.
AERO 625  Noncredit  
Flight Safety  

Lecture: 36 contact hours

This noncredit course is an in-depth study of flight safety including: organizations contributing to flight safety, pilot and passenger responsibilities, emergency radio procedures, pilot resources, ground safety, mid-air collisions, weather and night flight hazards and precautions, emergency procedures, medical factors, human factors, and crash investigation and liability.
AERO 626  Noncredit  
Airframe Structures  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

This noncredit course is designed to familiarize the aviator or prospective pilot with the fundamentals of aircraft design and construction including: aircraft structural components, fundamentals of aerodynamics and flight, materials and hardware, ice and rain protection, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, landing gear systems, fire protection systems, electrical systems, instrument systems, weight and balance control, and blueprint reading.
AERO 640  Noncredit  
Instrumental Ground School  

Lecture: 54 contact hours
Lab: 54 contact hours

This noncredit course examines the fundamentals of instrument flight in the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system and factors that can affect the operation including aerodynamics, navigation, flight planning, and communication. The subject matter is reinforced by flying various procedures in flight simulators. This course can be used as a method to meet the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for the ground instruction portion of a Biennial Flight Review (BFR) as specified in Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) 61.56.
AERO 646  Noncredit  
Aviation Weather  

Lecture: 54 contact hours

This noncredit course covers the aspects of weather as they relate to aircraft operation and safety. It includes basic and hazardous weather, atmospheric winds, pressure systems as associated with weather, cloud formation, air masses and fronts, thunder storms, turbulence and icing, fog, haze and smoke, high altitude, arctic and tropical weather, interpretation of weather reports, forecast, charts and maps.
AERO 650L  Noncredit  
General Laboratory/Calculations and Basic Electricity Airframe and Powerplant Technologies  

Lab: 45 contact hours

This noncredit course provides additional training and lab hours for the Airframe Maintenance Technician Certificate as required by the FAA. The content includes the use of basic hand tools, applications of mathematics, basic physics, certain Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), basic electricity including application of Ohm’s Law, use of a volt/ohm meter, interpret electrical circuit diagrams, service and inspection of batteries.
AERO 651L  Noncredit  
General Laboratory/Materials and Servicing Airframe and Powerplant Technologies  

Lab: 45 contact hours

This noncredit course provides training for the General requirements of the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Areas of instruction include aircraft weight and balance control, basic drafting, aircraft fluid lines, fittings, aircraft hardware, materials, non-destructive testing processes, corrosion control, aircraft cleaning, and ground operations and handling.
AERO 652L  Noncredit  
Airframe Maintenance Laboratory - Structures  

Lab: 54 contact hours

This noncredit course provides training for the Airframe requirements of the Airframe Maintenance Technician Certificate and the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Areas of instruction include airframe structures, aircraft covering, aircraft finishing, theory of flight, assembly and rigging, structural repair, aircraft inspection, and aircraft fuel systems.
AERO 653L  Noncredit  
Airframe Maintenance Laboratory System and Components  

Lab: 54 contact hours

This noncredit course provides additional training and lab hours for the Airframe Maintenance Technician Certificate as required by the FAA. Topics of instruction include aircraft welding, electrical circuits, and basic aircraft systems for power, landing, brakes warning instrumentation, autopilot, cabin atmosphere control, ice and rain control, fire protection and communications.
AERO 654L  Noncredit  
Powerplant Maintenance Laboratory - Reciprocating Engine Overhaul  

Lab: 54 contact hours

This noncredit course provides training for the Powerplant requirements of the Powerplant Maintenance Technician Certificate and the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Topics of study include reciprocating engine theory, overhaul, inspections, lubricating systems, indicating systems, fire protection systems, and engine fuel systems.
AERO 655L  Noncredit  
Powerplant Maintenance Laboratory - Accessory Overhaul  

Lab: 54 contact hours

This noncredit course provides training for the Powerplant requirements of the Powerplant Maintenance Technician Certificate and the Aviation Maintenance Technician Certificate. Areas of instruction include electrical power generation, ignition, fuel and fuel metering, induction, cooling, exhaust, propeller systems, turbine engines and auxiliary power units.
AERO 900  1 Unit  
Lab Studies in Aviation Maintenance Technology  

Lab: 54 contact hours

Prerequisite/Corequisite: AERO 050L and AERO 051L

This course provides additional laboratory instruction for students lacking mandated hours or projects to complete a training certificate.