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.
Avionics Maintenance Technology
The Avionics Technology associate of applied science (AAS) program prepares students to work in the field of avionics technology. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition. The program emphasizes a combination of aircraft and avionics theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an Avionics Technology technical certificate that qualifies them as avionics technicians. Students can round off their educational experience by completing 15 credits of general education courses in five areas of study including mathematics, natural and social sciences, English and communications to obtain an associate of applied science degree.
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 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.
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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