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Aviation Technology

Ready for New Heights… Aviation Technology Can Help You Take Flight!

Sinclair offers one of the most comprehensive aviation technology programs in the state and in the nation. Our programs build essential practical knowledge for professional pilots, flight attendants, flight dispatchers and air traffic controllers, aircraft mechanics, as well those who would like to learn more specifics in the field of airway science.

The aviation technology department’s pilot programs utilize outstanding simulation hardware. We also offer training with satellite tool kit software from Analytical Graphics, Inc., which provides you with state-of-the-art aerospace simulations and modeling tools for professional development, as well as personal interest.

This program might be for you if:

  • You would like to become a pilot or work in another aviation field.
  • You are interested in learning more about how airplanes work.
  • You are looking to gain hands-on experience in a challenging, high paying career path.
  • You desire to work in an industry that thrives in a variety of cities, states, and even countries.

There is a wealth of job prospects for graduates of aviation technology programs. The demand for major airline pilots is steadily increasing and the demand for general aviation positions are at an all-time high. The use of interstate commerce has increased the demand for cargo pilots. And, a shift in business travel from the major airlines to executive-size aircraft has created a new increase in the number of pilot jobs available. These changes in airline passenger and cargo traffic, along with an expected wave of retirements, will provide many job opportunities for new pilots and for flight instructors at all levels of the aviation industry.

Certificate Programs

One-year Technical Certificate

Airframe Aviation Maintenance

The Airframe Aviation Maintenance certificate provides the knowledge and skill required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the airframe maintenance technician student. Students will learn to apply the knowledge and skills covering the required sections of training for the Airframe certificate as required by the Federal Aviation Administration under Part 147 Appendix C. Those subjects include assembling and rigging, metallic and non-metallic structures, fuel systems, electrical power production and distribution, instruments, communication/navigation systems, cabin atmospheric control systems, landing gear, hydraulics and pneumatics, fire protection systems, aircraft finishing, ice protection systems and welding inspections.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems

The Unmanned Aerial Systems One Year Technical Certificate prepares students with the foundational knowledge and skills involving Unmanned Aerial System technology, regulations and laws required by industry. The Unmanned Aerial System one year certificate prepares students with the necessary tools needed to work as Unmanned Aerial System (pilot/operator, observers, and ancillary ground crew members) while applying an understanding of the operational and safety regulations governing the National Airspace System. The one year certificate provides students the option to specialize in one of three specific Unmanned Aerial System applications areas (Precision Agriculture, First Responder Applications, and Geospatial Information Systems). Per the FAA these applications (Precision Agriculture, First Responder applications, and Geospatial Information Systems) are going to be some of the first certified commercial applications and will have a critical impact on the Unmanned Aerial System industry.

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Short-term Technical Certificate

Aircraft Dispatcher

The Aircraft Dispatcher certificate provides students with the theory and operating knowledge necessary to understand the policies, procedures and means of compliance with the applicable Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) leading to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aircraft Dispatcher Certification. The program develops the knowledge and skills required to enter a career in the aviation industry as an aircraft dispatcher. To that end, students explore aircraft performance, meteorology, crew resource management, air traffic control, advanced navigation, airline operations and FAA knowledge, oral, and practical exams.

The Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate will incorporate MET 1131, AVT 1105, and AVT 1141 and eliminate AVT 1246 to bring the certificate from 20.0 semester hours to 24.0 semester hours thus making the Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate Pell Grant and VA eligible.

Key learning objectives from AVT 1246, required by CFR Part 65 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, will be incorporated into AVT 2167 with no changes to AVT 2167 semester hour requirements.

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Airline Flight Attendant

The Airline Flight Attendant certificate provides students with the basic theory of airline travel with an understanding of the policies, procedures and means of compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. Students explore the business of air commerce and develop the skills of a travel professional. Includes exploration of communications, safety and security, air travel, customer service, airline operations and crew resource management. This program develops the knowledge and skills required to serve as a flight attendant and to enter a career in the aviation industry.

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General Aviation Maintenance

The General Aviation Maintenance certificate provides the knowledge and skills required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the airframe and powerplant maintenance technician student. Students will learn to apply mathematics and physics, read and interpret aircraft drawings, conduct ground operations and servicing of aircraft, interpret maintenance publications, interpret FAA regulations, make correct and legal aircraft record entries, perform weight and balance calculations, understand basic electricity, understand makeup of materials used in aircraft manufacture, understand aircraft fasteners, inspect welds, inspect for aircraft deterioration (corrosion) and understand and perform aircraft repair methods.

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Powerplant Aviation Maintenance

The Powerplant Aviation Maintenance certificate provides the knowledge and skills required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the powerplant maintenance technician student. Students will learn to apply all the knowledge and skills in the lab portion.

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UAS Precision Agriculture

The UAS Precision Agriculture Short-Term Technical Certificate prepares students for entry level positions in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry by providing foundational knowledge and skills involving Precision Agriculture and UAS Technology.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems

The Unmanned Aerial Systems Short Term Certificate prepares students for entry level positions as technicians in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry by providing foundational knowledge and skill in UAS mission planning, decision making and data management.

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Degree Programs

Aviation Airframe Maintenance Technology - Associate of Applied Science

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Airframe Maintenance and provides the knowledge and skill required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for certification as an airframe maintenance technician. The training and knowledge the student receives from the General Aviation Maintenance and the Airframe Aviation Maintenance certificate programs funnels directly into this degree program. The student, having completed this course work, would have the background and skills to either continue towards a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Science (or related field), or to begin a career as an aviation maintenance technician specializing in airframe maintenance (with the addition of the required FAA airframe maintenance certification).

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at studentrecords@sinclair.edu.

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Program Accreditation Information
The program is approved and certificated by the FAA.


Aviation Powerplant Maintenance Technology - Associate of Applied Science

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Powerplant Maintenance and provides the knowledge and skill to successfully pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written, oral, and practical examinations required by the FAA for certification as a powerplant maintenance technician. The training and knowledge the student receives from the General Aviation Maintenance and the Powerplant Aviation Maintenance certificate programs funnels directly into this degree program. The student, having completed this course work, would have the background and skills to either continue towards a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Science (or related field), or to begin a career as an aviation maintenance technician specializing in powerplant maintenance (with the addition of the required FAA powerplant maintenance certification).

This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at studentrecords@sinclair.edu.

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Program Accreditation Information
The program is approved and certificated by the FAA.


Aviation Technology - Associate of Applied Science

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Technology. The student, having completed this course work, would have the background and skills to enter the aviation industry or continue towards a bachelor's degree in aviation science (or related field).

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Aviation Technology/Professional Pilot & Airway Science - Associate of Applied Science

This is the primary path in the Aviation Technology program which leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Technology. This option under the primary program is designed for students who want to pursue a career as a professional pilot. The student, having completed this course work, would have the background and skills to enter the aviation industry as a professional pilot or continue towards a bachelor's degree in aviation science (or related field).

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Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

Aviation Technology Agreements

Sinclair Community College has worked to develop program-specific agreements to assist you in a more seamless process when transferring from a specific Sinclair degree program to a bachelor’s degree program in the same area of study.

Programs & Articulation Agreements

Aviation Technology, Associate of Applied Science
(Maintenance and Professional Pilot & Airway Science Options)

Articulation agreements are in place for transfer to:

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    (Professional Aeronautics)

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including many aviation program requirements, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

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Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module…

Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the aviation technology programs, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: