Department of Aircraft Systems Science
Mr. Sean M. Fortier, Chair
The aircraft systems science curriculum is math-science based and is designed to give the student a thorough understanding of the increasingly complex systems found in aircraft. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved curriculum leads to certification as an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic.
Included in the FAA approved curriculum are the following courses, ENGR 1311, DSTC 1203, PHYS 1111/1113, MATH 1203, MATH 1252, and all AVTC courses. To satisfy FAA requirements, each of the approved curriculum courses must be successfully completed. Lecture courses have sectional tests that must be passed with a minimum score of 70% and laboratory courses have required projects that must be completed to passing standards. Additionally, students must score a minimum of 80% on a comprehensive exam during the last semester of AVTC courses. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive exam and all FAA approved courses, students will receive a certificate of completion and will be authorized to take FAA oral, practical, and knowledge examinations leading to the A&P certificate.
Successful completion of MATH 1203 College Algebra with Applications is a prerequisite to all AVTC courses except AVTC 1001/1003 Foundational Concepts of Aviation Studies, and AVTC 1401/1403 DC Electricity where it can be taken as a corequisite. In addition, a minimum grade of C is required in AVTC 1001/1003 and AVTC 1401/1403 before taking any other AVTC courses. Additional prerequisite/corequisite requirements are listed with each course description. Course sequence and prerequisite requirements are strictly enforced due to FAA requirements.
All aeronautical science students take AERF 1103 Flight Science I, which is the private pilot ground school. Students in flight concentrations also take the laboratory course, AERF 1101 Flight Science I Laboratory and the flight training course, AERF 1102 Primary Flight. Students not enrolled in a flight concentration may take the laboratory and flight training courses as electives and obtain the Private Pilot certificate.
LeTourneau has a long heritage of preparing students for service as missionary pilots and technicians. Mission aviation organizations visit the campus regularly, meeting with students and providing input into the A&P mechanic training program. Students interested in working with a missionary organization in a non-flying capacity may enroll in any of Aircraft Systems Science concentrations. While not specifically tailored for missionary service, these courses of study provide a strong foundation of technical training preparing you for service with mission aviation organizations. Students interested in serving as a missionary pilot-mechanic should refer to the Flight Science Department section for more information.
Transfer of A&P Certificates
Students who hold an A&P certificate and wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree at LeTourneau are encouraged to do so. However, to ensure that the Aeronautical Science graduate is a product of our program, transfer students who already hold the A&P certificate must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of AVTC courses with a grade of C or better. The specific AVTC courses that will be required are determined on an individual basis by the Department of Aircraft Systems Science after a personal interview. In each case, the courses selected are those that will be the most beneficial to the student. In some cases, testing may be required to document knowledge and skill requirements. After completing the 15 credit hours of AVTC courses, students who have obtained their A&P certificate through formal training (FAA approved school) in a college level* program will be granted transfer credit for the remaining AVTC courses. Students who have obtained the A&P certificate through other means will be allowed to bypass the remaining AVTC courses. The credit hours from bypassed courses do not count toward the minimum credit hour requirement for the various degrees. Transfer students who have completed some but not all of the requirements for the A&P certificate at another institution are evaluated on an individual basis.
* College level is determined by one or more of the following: 1) The institution is accredited by a regional accrediting association; 2) College level entry requirements are met by all students; and 3) The institution offers a broad selection of course work in general studies involving liberal arts, math, and science. We cannot grant college credit for course work, which is offered at the vocational level.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science is earned by completing the courses in the core and one of the six concentrations listed below. All of these programs of study lead to the FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic certificate. With the exception of the Design Technology concentration, these programs can be completed in eight regular semesters and one summer session.
The Aircraft Systems Concentration is designed for students interested in working in aviation maintenance. This high level program of study will prepare the student for a leadership role in one of the many areas related to aircraft maintenance.
The Computer Science Concentration emphasizes use of the computer as a management tool and provides a valuable foundation for those desiring to move into systems development. The graduate of this program will understand how to implement computer technology into real world situations.
The Design Technology Concentration is designed for the student who is interested in working in the field of manufacturing design but does not wish to do so from the engineering perspective. Courses provide hands-on experience with design, drawing, manufacturing, and production methods.
The Electronic Systems Concentration will prepare the student for a career in the rapidly changing field of aircraft electronics. This program provides a strong Aircraft Systems curriculum combined with selected Electrical Engineering Technology courses. Graduates from this program typically work as production and systems engineers in the aviation industry.
The Mechanical Systems Concentration is designed to give the student a strong background in aircraft systems coupled with a solid foundation in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Graduates of this program are prepared to work as engineering technologists in the aviation industry.
The Technical Management Concentration will prepare the student interested in maintenance management and other leadership positions in the field of aviation. This program of study combines a strong technical curriculum with business courses selected to provide the key competencies required of managers and those interested in pursuing a Masterís in Business Administration (MBA) degree.
The student may combine selected aircraft systems (AVTC) courses with a major in Engineering Technology. The course requirements are listed in the Engineering Technology section of this catalog. (It should be noted that the Engineering Technology degree programs do not lead to the A&P certificate.)