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Aviation Maintenance

General Technology - Aviation Maintenance - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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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. 

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 Career Services for more employment resources.

Applicants to the General Technology, Aviation Maintenance program should be aware a current, unrestricted license or certification may be required to practice in the state in which you intend to reside/practice. Each state is unique in its licensure requirements. Students are encouraged to reach out to the program chair for more information and assistance with understanding professional licensure.

For more information, contact:
Charles Granger - (843) 349-5189

For more information about PIA, contact:
Michael Basara, PIA Campus Director
(843) 238-2700

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester -
Offered through HGTC
Course  Title Semester
Credit Hours
AMF 101 Introduction to Aviation Maintenance 1
ENG 155 Communications I* 3
IET 223 Industrial Safety 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics* 3
MGT 101 Principles of Management 3
MGT 150 Fundamentals of Supervision  
  TOTAL 13
Second through Fifth Semester   
ACM Aviation Maintenance Exemption Credit** 40
Sixth Semester - Offered through HGTC  
ENG 160 Technical Communications* 3
PHI 110 Ethics 3
PSY 103 Human Relations* 3
  Elective 3
  TOTAL 12



*Students planning to continue toward a Bachelors degree: ENG 101, ENG 102 and SPC 205 in place of ENG 155 and ENG 160; MAT 110 or higher in place of MAT 155; PHY 201 in place of PHS 101; PSY 201 in place of PSY 103.

**Aviation Maintenance credit is given for approved Aviation Power Plant and Air Frame earned from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics as approved by the Federal Aviation Administration Air Approval Agency and licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.