As aircraft systems become more electronically complex, there is a critical need for advanced training in avionics, the advanced electronic systems that perform a range of functions including engine controls, flight controls, navigation, and more. Employers are looking for avionics technicians trained in the fundamentals of avionics theory, with a heavy emphasis on avionics troubleshooting skills, plus hands-on aircraft experience, an FCC license, and aircraft electronics certifications. The WLAC avionics program was designed to meet this demand.
Since 1974, WLAC has assisted thousands of students to obtain their Airframe and/or Powerplant (A and P) licenses, the two FAA certificates required to become an aviation maintenance technician. Located adjacent to LAX, WLAC enjoys a strong connection to the aviation industry, including partnerships with The Boeing Company, Southwest Airlines, FedEx, Supernal, and more. These employers approached WLAC seeking to partner in the development of an avionics bachelor's degree program to address shortages of trained personnel.
In June 2023, the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology: Avionics was granted full approval by the State Chancellor’s Office. The first cohort will launch in Fall 2024.
Career opportunities in avionics include roles in avionics testing and troubleshooting, airline technical support, and production test manufacturing. Job prospects and wages are excellent, with annual mean wages reaching $90,000 per year, and 6 percent job growth predicted in over the next ten years in California (source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics).