Focus on the design, operation and maintenance of equipment that is essential in aircraft manufacturing and safety.

Aeronautical Engineering Technology

Aeronautical Engineering Technology

A major in the Aeronautical Engineering Technology Program
in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology

Aircraft and aerospace vehicles are complex mechanical marvels, utilizing concepts from several disciplines of science, engineering and mathematics. A degree in Aeronautical Engineering Technology will provide you with the skills and knowledge to design, manufacture and maintain these machines of flight and to improve the quality of life for those who depend on their use. Over the course of the program, you will learn how to design, manufacture, maintain, operate and support a variety of aerospace vehicles. The program also offers an in-depth study of critical thinking, management, supervision and the entrepreneurial skills needed for success.


Airframe and Powerplant Certification preparation

Disciplines covered in the AET program include applied aeronautical structures and materials, electrical and electronic systems, propulsion systems, vehicle design operation and maintainability. A Bachelor of Science degree in AET also prepares you to take the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certification exam. Graduates with the A&P certificate are highly valued and recognized by industry as having a significant level of technical knowledge across key areas of aviation and aerospace operations. This FAA-issued license allows you to conduct, inspect, and supervise air vehicle inspection and maintenance activities.

Special Features:

  • Learn in close-knit classes that feature individualized attention from knowledgeable instructors.
  • Learn by doing in laboratory situations which focus on team-building projects.
  • Extremely marketable graduates with a variety of aerospace engineering skills and FAA certifications.
  • Work in industry-standard labs and faculty-led research centers to gain the best hands-on experience.
  • Utilize the program’s global reputation, recognized coursework, and cutting edge research that prepare you to enter a rapidly growing industry.
  • Get involved with nine different student organizations specifically for aviation students
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate

What can I do?

Airframe design engineer
Logistics engineer
Integration engineer
Reliability engineer

Where can I go?

United States Armed Forces
Lockheed Martin
Pratt & Whitney


The aeronautical engineering technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

There are infinite opportunities to do things beyond classwork. The flight program has more to offer than just the skills it takes to be a pilot. There are hidden gems – fly a glider or fly along on the jet. It’s unique having our own airport and the amenities of a big university.
Sebastian Andrade
Professional Flight

What to expect in Aeronautical Engineering Technology

Core courses

HIST 38400 - History Of Aviation
PHYS 21800 - General Physics
PHYS 22000 - General Physics
SCLA 10100 - Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking And Communication I: Antiquity To Modernity
SCLA 10200 - Transformative Texts, Critical Thinking And Communication II: Modern World
TECH 12000 - Design Thinking In Technology
MA 15800 - Precalculus- Functions And Trigonometry
MA 16010 - Applied Calculus I
ENGL 42100 - Technical Writing
COM 25100 - Communication, Information, And Society
STAT 30100 - Elementary Statistical Methods
AT 20501 - Statics For Aerostructures
CGT 16300 - Graphical Communication And Spatial Analysis
AT 10000 - Introduction To Aviation Technology
AT 10200 - Aviation Business
AT 10600 - Basic Aircraft Science
AT 20200 - Aerospace Vehicle Systems Design, Analysis And Operations
AT 20300 - Aviation Operations Management
AT 20802 - Aircraft Materials
AT 26200 - Basic Aircraft Powerplant Technology
AT 26502 - Aircraft Electrical Systems
AT 26700 - Fixed And Rotary Wing Assemblies
AT 27200 - Introduction To Composite Technology
AT 27800 - Nondestructive Testing For Aircraft
AT 30702 - Advanced Aircraft Systems
AT 30802 - Aircraft Materials Processes
AT 33502 - Avionics Systems
AT 37002 - Advanced Aircraft Powerplants
AT 37600 - Aircraft Gas Turbine Engine Technology I
AT 38500 - Design Support Analysis
AT 44502 - Aircraft Electronics
AT 47600 - Aircraft Gas Turbine Engine Technology II
AT 49600 - Applied Research Proposal
AT 49700 - Applied Research Project

What it's like to be a TECHIE!

The Polytechnic learning environment

Our learning experience is designed to produce graduates who not only have deep knowledge, applied skills, and experiences in their chosen discipline, but also problem solving, critical thinking, communications, and leadership skills sought by industries and communities.

About the school/department

The School of Aviation and Transportation Technology is focused on providing the education and skills necessary to create and build airworthy machines, manage all facets of the aviation industry, and safely pilot aircraft for a variety of consumers. Research projects touch on the same topics as well as NextGen aviation challenges, alternative aviation fuel and general aviation issues.

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