Program Overview

The Aviation Electronics program prepares students for a career in electrical engineering, aircraft electronics maintenance, piloting and drone maintenance. The location in our hangar at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport allows students to work on real aircraft and offers the opportunity to earn national Aircraft Electronic Technician (AET) certification and other certifications usually earned at the college level.

Program Content

  • Build and troubleshoot electrical circuits
  • Install and maintain state-of-the-art avionics equipment on working aircraft
  • Learn how to solder and build wire harnesses
  • Learn electrical theory and use real electrical test boxes, oscilloscopes, multi-meters, and other electronic test equipment

Program Highlights

  • Learn to fly and operate UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)
  • Wire and install a variety of aviation electronics equipment
  • Test and troubleshoot aviation electronics systems
  • Rebuild electrical systems on working aircraft
  • Taxi an aircraft


NCATT Certifications and Endorsements

Aviation Electronics is the only high school program accredited by the National Center for Aerospace Transportation and Technologies (NCATT) to earn the Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification!

The Kent Career Technical Center's Aviation Electronics program offers high school junior and seniors the opportunity to gain real world experience working on aircraft at their program location, the Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan


The program provides students with the education and training to achieve NCATT certification for Aviation Electronics Technician.  The AET certification is offered to first year students.

  • AET certified students are able to work in the Aviation Industry as an Avionics Technician.
  • AET certified students are prepared to enter college to pursue an Electrical Engineering degree.

In addition to AET certification, first year Aviation Electronics students are offered education and training to achieve Foreign Object Elimination (FOE) certification.

Additional endorsements through NCATT are achieved in the second year of the program.

  • Autonomous Navigation
  • Dependent Navigation
  • Onboard Communications and Safety Systems
  • Radio Communications

Student Success

2015 - 16 School Year

  • 15/15 Students earned AET Certification
  • 12/12 Students earned FOE Certification

2016 - 17 School Year

  • 21/22 Students earned AET Certification
  • 13/13 Students earned FOE Certification
  • 18/18 Students earned NCATT Endorsements

2017 - 18 School Year

  • 21/21 Students earned AET Certification
  • 10/11 Students earned FOE Certification
  • 2/2 earned NCATT Endorsements

2018 - 19 School Year

  • 25/25 Students earned AET Certifications
  • 24/24 Students earned FOE Certifications
  • 19/19 Students earned NCATT Endorsements

2019 - 20 School Year (Shortened School Year)

  • 8/9 Students earned AET Certifications
  • 20/20 Students earned FOE Certifications
  • 24/24 Students earned NCATT Endorsements