Occupational Technology

AviationGeneral Technology, Aviation Maintenance Emphasis - Associate in Applied Science

If you like to work on anything with an engine, you can take your abilities to the skies with an associate degree in Aircraft Maintenance. Horry Georgetown Technical College and Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) have signed an agreement that allows students to earn an Associate in Applied Science in General Technology, with an emphasis in Aviation Maintenance. General Education courses are taught at HGTC or are available online and can be completed before, during, or after PIA enrollment; Aviation courses are taught at PIA facilities at the airport in Myrtle Beach. Each student is required to complete a minimum of 25% of the required coursework at HGTC. 

For more information, contact:

Richard McGuinnes (843) 349-5224

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Career Outlook

An aviation maintenance technician has the technical knowledge and ability to inspect, troubleshoot, maintain, and repair the engines, structure, and onboard systems of all types of aircraft. Graduates of the Aviation Maintenance program are eligible to test for the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certification.

Graduates of the Aviation Maintenance program can begin their careers with regional airlines, aircraft manufacturers, maintenance facilities, aircraft charter services, and corporate aviation departments. HGTC and PIA regularly host company representatives on campus to recruit for jobs that are open only to PIA students and graduates.

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment resources.

For more information about PIA, contact:

Peg Jackson, PIA Campus Director
(843) 238-2700

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester
AMF 101 Introduction to Aviation Maintenance 1
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG 155 * Communications I 3
MAT 155 * Contemporary Mathematics 3
MGT 101 Principles of Management 3
MGT 150 Fundamentals of Supervision  
Second  Semester - PIA
ACM 101 General Regulations 2
ACM 102 Aviation Sciences 3
ACM 105 Basic Aircraft Electricity 4
ACM 110 Aircraft Drawings 1
ACM 115 Ground Handling and Servicing 3
ACM 120 Materials and Corrosion Control 4
Third Semester - PIA
ACM 160 Utility and Warning Systems 3
ACM 170 Aircraft Electrical Systems 4
ACM 201 Lubricating Systems 2
ACM 205 Ignition and Starting Systems 3
ACM 240 Engine Electrical Instrumentation and Fire Protection 3
ACM 245 Power Plant and Fuel Systems 4
Fourth Semester - PIA    
ACM 155  Aircraft Environmental Systems 3
ACM 210  Reciprocating Engine Overhaul 4
ACM 212  Engine Installation 3
ACM 220  Turbine Engines 3
ACM 226  Engine Inspection 1
ACM 234  Propellers and Components 4
ACM 250 Induction Cooling and Exhaust 3
Fifth Semester - PIA    
ACM 114 Fluid Lines and Fittings 1
ACM 125 Wood Structures, Coverings, and Finishes 2
ACM 135 Sheet Metal and Nonmetallic Structures 4
ACM 145 Aircraft Welding 2
ACM 150 Assembly and Rigging 3
ACM 165 Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems 3
ACM 167 Landing Gear Systems 3
ACM 172 Aircraft Fuel Systems 1
ACM 174 Airframe Inspection 1
Sixth Semester - HGTC
ENG 160 * Technical Communications 3
PHI 103 * Workplace Ethics 3
PSY 103 * Human Relations 3
  Elective 3



*Students planning to continue toward a Bachelor’s degree: ENG 101 and SPC 205 in place of ENG 155 and ENG 160; MAT 110 or
higher in place of MAT 101; PHI 110 in place of PHI 103; PHY 201 in place of PHS 101; PSY 201 in place of PSY 103.