NICC Creates Avionics Program

In response to critical workforce needs in the region’s aviation industry, Northeast Iowa Community College is introducing a new Avionics Electronic Technician program in fall 2021.

Pending Iowa Department of Education approval, the Avionics Electronic Technician program will train students in the skills needed to work on aircraft electronics. Students will learn to identify, troubleshoot, and repair avionics systems using Federal Aircraft Administration (FAA) approved techniques, according to Mark Gerein, NICC dean of advanced manufacturing, industrial technology and computer science.

One of only two avionics programs in Iowa, the new Peosta campus program will train students in basic electrical and electronics component theory, aircraft wiring, systems testing, avionics troubleshooting, and radio systems components and integration. The University of Dubuque (UD) partnered with NICC on curriculum development for the new program.

EMSI analysis of employment opportunities at all airports within a 100-mile radius from the center of the College’s district area showed strong job growth for avionics technicians and aircraft mechanics and service technicians. Through 2029, the research projected 814 annual job openings for both occupations with a combined median hourly wage of $29.82.

Successful completion of the three-semester, nine-month Avionics Electronic Technician diploma program will prepare students for industry certifications that will enable graduates to legally repair aircraft avionics equipment.

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