Wichita Area Technical College
Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) has been delivering excellence in education since 1965. WATC continues to build on this tradition with quality instructors, talented students and state-of-the-art technical equipment. Together, these elements help create a hands-on learning environment that promotes participation and prepares students for further education and/or career experiences.
Aviation Programs Offered
From aviation maintenance to composite materials, robotics technology to aircraft completion, WATC delivers training for a wide range of jobs critical to all phases of aircraft manufacturing.
The Aviation Maintenance Technology Airframe and Powerplant program is one of our leading programs offered at WATC. You can complete your training for Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) technician in just 18 months. The program is divided into three distinct fields of study, General, Airframe I & II, and Powerplant I & II.
Within these fields of study you will become knowledgeable and gain an understanding regarding all the facets of aviation maintenance.
The General program focuses on Technical Math, Basic Electricity, Aircraft Drawings and Publications, Federal Aviation Regulations, Materials and Processes to name a few.
For Airframe I & II the student will work extensively on the different systems used in the aircraft. These systems include but are not limited to Aircraft Structures (Wood, Aluminum, and Composite), Fuel Systems, Flight Controls, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Landing Gear, Aircraft Electrical systems, Instrumentation, Fire Protection, Pressurization, and Ice and Rain operations just to get started.
The Powerplant program both I & II will advance the students expertise in the understanding of the aircraft engines themselves as well as the components that the engine supports to make the aircraft function as it should. Specific areas of study are Reciprocating and Turbine engines, Propellers, Fuel Systems, Fire Protection, Ignition, Exhaust and all other components and functions related to the propulsion of the aircraft.
During the students time at WATC they will experience several different styles of learning. Through visual aircraft training aides and the actual hands on application of working on the aircraft students will gain a practical experience that meets the needs of the aviation industry.
The Aviation Maintenance Technology program at WATC is an FAA certified program which meets the requirements of the Federal Aviation Regulation for Part 147 - Aviation Maintenance Schools. The program and curriculum are also approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Upon successful completion of the program at WATC students will qualify to test for their General, Airframe and Powerplant licenses.
An Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology and a Technical Certificate in either Airframe or Powerplant are offered.
The Avionics Technology program prepares students with the knowledge of how to keep aircraft in peak operational condition, emphasizing a combination of aircraft and avionics theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. The program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree, a Technical Certificate, or a Certificate of Completion in Avionics Technology.
The Composite Technology program provides students with hands-on working knowledge of the manufacturing methods and techniques used in today's composite industries. Graduates are able to manufacture, trim and finish composite components using manual lay-up methods. Students also become familiar with the materials used to create the ever-increasing number of composite components and structures. The program offers either a Technical Certificate in Composite Technology or a Certificate of Completion in Composite Technology - Fabrication or Composite Technology - Repair.
The Aerospace Coatings & Paint Technology program is a sequence of courses designed to produce an aerospace technician with multiple skill sets, a well rounded understanding of the aerospace industry and the depth and breadth of knowledge which comes from general education courses. This program provides a broad based understanding of coating and paint processes within the aerospace industry. An Associate of Applied Science degree and a Technical Certificate in Aerospace Coatings and Paint Technology are offered.
The Nondestructive Testing (NDT) program is a cooperative effort between WATC and the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). This program produces technicians who understand NDT's role in the aerospace industry and who have mastered the American Society for Nondestructive Testing's coursework for Level I and II certification in three NDT methods, including liquid penetrant, radiography and magnetic particle inspection. Students also learn the basics of materials and processes associated with NDT technology. This program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Technical Certificate in Nondestructive Testing, and a Certificate of Completion in Introduction to Nondestructive Testing and Advanced Nondestructive Testing.
There are currently approximately 30,400 jobs in the aviation industry in the region, which support a total of 118,894 jobs indirectly, while 40% of Wichita aviation workers are eligible to retire in the next 5 years.
This means students at NCAT are poised to meet the future skilled workforce needs of local aviation industries such as Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Hawker-Beechcraft, Spirit Aerosystems and many others throughout the country.
Graduates from this program are in demand not only in the field of aviation but in other fields that require a high degree of mechanical knowledge. WATC A&P graduates are sought after by cruise lines, theme parks, and NASCAR to name a few due to the skills they have gained at NCAT.
Financial Aid may be available for those who qualify. WATC is also approved for Veteran's Educational benefits including the Post 9/11 Chapter 33 bill.
WATC hosts its aviation programs at the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT). NCAT is a brand new facility located alongside Jabara Airport in the Air Capital of the World, Wichita, Kansas. NCAT fuses Kansas' aviation experience and expertise with cutting-edge instructional techniques and technology to forge a new educational standard. The 224,000 sq. ft. facility was designed and constructed to be a world-class research and training facility, providing significant growth capacity for students to engage in aviation and advanced manufacturing training along with strong FAA involvement and support. At NCAT there exists a partnership between WATC and Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). Through the partnership, students have the opportunity for hands-on application and learning alongside research students as they develop new practices for the aviation industry.
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