Occupational Technology

AviationGeneral Technology - Associate in Applied Science Degree

Aviation Maintenance

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:

Dr. Philip Render (843) 477-2171

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: 

Margaret "Peg" Skalican, PIA Campus Director
(843) 238-2700

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester  - Offered through HGTC   
AMF 101 Introduction to Aviation Maintenance 1
COL 105 Freshman Seminar 3
ENG 155 Communications I* 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics* 3
MGT 101 Principles of Management 3
MGT 150 Fundamentals of Supervision  
  TOTAL 13
Second through Fifth Semester - Offered through PIA    
ACM  Aviation Powerplant and Airframe Credits from PIA 40
Sixth Semester - Offered through HGTC   
ENG 160 Technical Communications* 3
PHI 103 Workplace Ethics* 3
PSY 103 Human Relations* 3
  Elective 3
  TOTAL 12



*Students planning to continue toward a Bachelor’s degree: ENG 101, ENG 102 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.