Working in the Avionics industry is an exciting and challenging choice. And you’ve come to the right place!
That’s because more than 61,000 Texans work in aviation, earning about $2.5 billion in annual salaries. In fact, Aviation generates nearly $8.7 billion in the Texas economy each year. The fact that the state of Texas is a national leader in the field of Aviation and Aerospace doesn’t hurt, either. Texas is home to 1,429 FAA-approved airports and four major airlines; annually, there are 12.1 million take-offs and landings in terminal facilities in Texas. And where there’s airports and airplanes, there are jobs for avionics technicians.
Texas State Technical College leads the way in Avionics education, with students training in the only Texas college with a FAA-certified repair station. This fully functional repair facility is authorized by the FAA to perform real maintenance on real aircraft – providing you with skills you can’t get anywhere else.
And for students, that’s good news, because TSTC Waco is one of just a dozen schools in the entire nation to have a FAA-certified repair station.
Source: 2009 Texas Ahead report
What you’ll do!
- Have an opportunity to train in an actual working repair station environment, doing just what you will do when you enter the field
Utilize a broad array of tools to repair navigational devices, communication radios and receivers, marker beacons and more
Benefit from advisory committees that help shape curriculum
TSTC’s star power prep
- 6 semesters of intensive education that includes an opportunity for hands-on training in the only Texas college with an FAA-certified Repair Station
- Work with over a half million dollars worth of avionics radios and test equipment to gain practical experience
- Small class size with a strong one-on-one instructional approach
- Experienced faculty with industry training guided by an advisory board comprised of field experts
- Option to take enroll in a one-year Flight-line Maintenance Certificate program, where students learn avionics systems and integration, installation techniques, in-aircraft testing, troubleshooting methods and more
TSTC’s Avionics faculty comes to the college with years of professional experience in their respective aviation fields.
Led by a host of experts from civil and military aviation backgrounds, TSTC’s instructors bring a combined experience of hundreds of years in aviation training to students.
Small class size
At TSTC, our Avionics Technology classes average 15 students per class to ensure instructors have plenty of time to work with each student.
Compared to other colleges, TSTC students spend a lot less time in the classroom and much more time in work-type settings. In fact, students can get an opportunity to get hands-on experience in the only FAA-certified Repair Station in Texas — one of only 10 such stations in the entire nation. It’s just one of the many ways TSTC ensures you get the strong training you need to succeed in your career choice.
TSTC’s strong programs match industry needs, making it easier for graduates to obtain jobs at hiring time.
How do we do this? As industry professionals, our advisory committees assist the college in determining the courses you study, providing a valuable advantage. They can ensure that what we teach matches what industry is seeking.
Combined with internship opportunities with associated partners, it provides a compelling reason why employers are attracted to TSTC graduates.
TSTC Job Credibility
Degree plans within the Aerospace division family can provide additional job credibility through certifications, club memberships and industry partnership opportunities.
TSTC Waco, for example, has a student chapter of Alpha Eta Rho, the international aviation fraternity. Aviation Mechanics have an opportunity to work with our industry partner, L-3 Platform Integration, through TSTC’s Aviation Career Education sponsorship program.
Additional aviation industry partnerships aid students as well. KBFS, a subsidiary of S3 Inc. is in an active partnership with our avionics program. This includes training as well as future job opportunities.
And working at a college with the only FAA-certified repair station in Texas means a chance to gain skills that can give you that competitive edge in the job market.