This program prepares students for a career in electronics with a focus on aerospace avionics. Students learn to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify electrical components, circuitry controls, and machinery such as industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas for aircraft. These course modules and materials are designed for a one-year certificate in electronics/avionics in a hybrid on-line format with students participating in a hands-on, face-to-face lab. The materials are comprehensive, developed using the principles of Universal Design, and include course objectives, syllabi, lab exercises, videos, tests, and booklets. Course content includes an introduction to avionics, AC and DC, Digital Logic, aerospace fiber optics, related lab exercises, and student workbooks and textbooks.
Primary Material Type:
Online Course
Other Material Types:
Animation, Assessment Tool, Assignment, Presentation, Quiz/Test, Reference Material, Workshop and Training Material
Spokane Community College
Project Name:
Air Washington
Funding Source:
Electronics, Avionics, AC, DC, Digital Logic, Fiber Optics, ACARS, SELCAR, FAA, UDL

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
The Boeing Company, Absolute Aviation Services, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, Aerospace Futures Alliance, Angeles Composites Technology, Inc., Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition, Janicki Industries, Spokane Area Workforce Alliance, WDC Snohomish County, WDC of Seattle-King County, Olympic WDC, North Central WDC, WDC of Tacoma-Pierce County, Northwest Workforce Council
Industry Sector:
Manufacturing -- Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing -- Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing (3345)
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations -- Avionics Technicians (49-2091)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Engineering Technologies/Technicians (15)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
Credential Type:
  • Certificate
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
Interactivity Type:
Mix of Active and Presentation
Quality Note:
The eleven community and technical college partners in Air Washington are each regionally accredited, independent, state-supported colleges. Programs offered by accredited colleges complete a lengthy internal development and approval process with faculty committees reviewing each course. New technical courses and programs also receive input from industry advisory committees as well as the faculty and instructional leaders at the college. New programs must be submitted for further review and approval to the Veterans Administration for GI Bill eligibility, to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and to the Federal Student Aid office for federal financial aid eligibility. Washington’s community and technical college system is also linked to state-wide oversight by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). Technical programs resulting in approved certificates must have approval from SBCTC to qualify for state funding. This approval requires submission of a program outline, labor market survey to insure employability of graduates, and documentation of a lengthy curriculum development process that includes input from subject matter experts: employers, workers in the occupation, and, where appropriate, organized labor. Neighboring colleges have an opportunity to review and/or protest new program additions if insufficient employment, enrollment, internship, or clinical sites exist. Graduate wage and placement rates are tracked by program through an annual matching process with the state employment security department, and the Washington Workforce Education and Training Board conducts an official review to determine eligibility for WIA funds. In the case of aerospace employment, the Workforce Board conducts an additional annual evaluation of aerospace program production, employment, and wages requested by the legislature. These lengthy processes prevent over duplication of technical programs, help insure rigor of courses, offers employers influence on program content, and provides additional feedback to colleges regarding the employment experiences of graduates. Courses were developed by a team of faculty, subject matter experts, e-learning and curriculum specialists using UDL principles and best practices for e-learning. In addition, an industry advisory committee and representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration reviewed materials and provided advice and input to enhance and update this electronics/avionics certificate program.
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Participation as an ongoing member of a team developing the instructional materials
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • Expertise of Project's Instructional Designers
Course Note:
Electronics/Avionics Electrician

Copyright / Licensing

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Creative Commons License
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