Aerospace Technology - Associate Degree
Eastern Florida State College is the perfect place to pursue an Aerospace Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree! Located in Brevard County, Florida, our campuses are at the center of all the aerospace, aeronautics, and defense technology action.
Studying aerospace technology is an exciting opportunity, and the two-year program at EFSC will prepare you for various entry-level jobs in the industry. Positions include testing, fabrication, assembly, repair, manufacturing, and operating aerospace and aeronautics equipment, support systems, components, and more.
Throughout this full-time program, which consists of 64 credit-hours, you'll develop practical skills through hands-on experience, participate in aerospace and manufacturing internships to build connections, and may even receive job offers from the industry before graduation.
The program includes two College Credit Certificate (CCC) options: the 43-credit Aerospace Technician Certificate, which includes the same hands-on training courses as the A.S. degree without general education requirements, and the 17-credit Structural Assembly Technician Certificate.
After joining the program, you'll become part of a group of students called a cohort. Cohorts attend either daytime or evening classes, where coursework and instruction combine lectures and hands-on activities to prepare you for certification as an aerospace technician in various skill areas and disciplines.
Aerospace Technology - Associate Degree
Aerospace Technology A.S. - Course Curriculum
In this program, you'll have the opportunity to engage in hands-on lab activities that focus on structural, mechanical, electrical, and composite systems. These activities will provide you with valuable experience and skills that you can immediately apply in the workforce and use to test for industry certifications. EFSC faculty are experts in the aerospace, aeronautics, and manufacturing fields. In fact, the core courses are taught by professionals from renowned companies and organizations, including NASA.
If you've completed certain courses at a Brevard Public Schools high school, you may qualify for advanced standing credit. This means that you can receive college credit for your previous coursework, which can save you time and money. Similarly, if you hold a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) Certificate or a SpaceTEC Certified Aerospace Technician Certificate, you may also be eligible to receive college credit. To find out if you qualify, please consult with the program advisor.
To enroll in this degree program and its related certificates, you need to go through a special application process, which is in addition to Eastern Florida's general admission application.
As a prospective student, you have the option to choose between daytime classes starting each Fall Term or evening classes starting each Spring Term. We recommended that you collaborate with the program advisor to receive personalized guidance and support throughout the application process.
For detailed information about the application process, please explore the dropdown menu below.
How to Apply for the Aerospace Technology Program
Before you begin, it's essential to check the upcoming application deadlines to ensure that you've chosen the cohort option that best suits your needs.
Daytime Cohort: Fall Term Start - Annual July 15th Deadline to Apply
Evening Cohort: Spring Term Start - Annual November 1st Deadline to Apply
Space is limited. The first step to apply is requesting the Information Package via the email button below.
Because this is a limited access program, with a special application process, it's important for prospective students to receive answers to any questions from the program advisor, who can provide tailored guidance based on your situation.
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This step is specifically for students who are not currently enrolled at EFSC.
To begin the application process, you should complete and submit the online application for general admission to EFSC. Please keep in mind that there's a $30 non-refundable fee that needs to be paid at the time of application.
If you were previously a student but have not taken any courses in the past year, you'll need to reapply online as a returning/readmit student. You will not be charged the application fee.
Before you can register for classes as a degree-seeking student, you need to provide your test scores from a common placement test, such as PERT, SAT, ACT or ACCUPLACER or meet the exemption criteria.
It's important to note that your test scores must be current, meaning they should not be more than two years old from the time you start classes at EFSC. If you haven't already done so, make sure to have your test scores ready and up-to-date to meet this requirement!
To ensure that you meet all the necessary requirements for general admission, it's essential to closely collaborate with the main EFSC Admissions Office. They'll guide you through the process and provide you with valuable information and instructions.
If you're a new EFSC student, the general admissions acceptance letter and email you receive will include a list of requirements that you need to fulfill. These requirements include submitting your placement test scores, providing your high school and college transcripts, applying for financial aid (if desired), declaring your residency for tuition purposes, and more.
By completing these tasks, you'll prevent any account holds that could potentially hinder your registration process if you're accepted into the Aerospace Technology program. It's also crucial for current EFSC students to verify that they don't have any holds that might interfere with course registration. Learn how to access the Student Message Center to check for and clear holds.
Only proceed to this step once you've received your acceptance letter from EFSC Admissions (or if you're already a student at EFSC).
Your general admissions acceptance letter will include a Titan student email address and Titan Single Sign-On (SSO) credentials, which you will need to access the myEFSC student portal. Use those credentials to log in and submit the limited-access program application. Remember, this application is in addition to the general application and must be correctly submitted before the application deadline.
If you require any assistance during the application process, don't hesitate to reach out to the program advisor. They'll be able to provide guidance and support to ensure that your application is completed successfully!
Brief Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility
If you're an in-state student pursuing the Aerospace Technology A.S. the total tuition cost would be around $6,660. However, keep in mind that this amount doesn't cover additional expenses, such as lab fees or required course materials.
You may be eligible for scholarships, Veterans Educational Benefits, or other forms of financial aid that can help reduce the out-of-pocket expenses. It's worth exploring these options to make your education even more affordable.
College Courses You Would Take
This program's technical courses cover important knowledge in three main areas: electrical, fluids power, and mechanical/structural systems. In the electrical courses, you'll gain hands-on skills, such as soldering, wire wrapping, potting, crimping, and troubleshooting circuits. The fluids power courses will provide you with practice in operating and testing hydraulic and pneumatic systems. The mechanical/structural courses involve tasks like creating a structural fabrication project, using specialized tools and equipment, and learning to read blueprints accurately.
Here are some of the courses you'll take:
Learn aerospace industry terms and acronyms. Curriculum focuses on inspection, safety, regulations, and good practices. Interactive activities are included.
Get hands-on experience in soldering, wire wrapping, potting, crimping, and cable lacing. Learn about fiber optics assembly, printed circuit repair, and cable installation.
Explore QA engineering, including computer-based analysis tools. Understand hazard ID, PPE use, and safety procedures (including OSHA regulations and hazardous materials).
Enhance your professional writing skills for business, industry, and tech. Create workplace documents like letters, emails, memos, résumés, instructions, reports, and proposals.
Why Study Aerospace Technology at EFSC?
Internships, Activities, and Networking
Once you reach your third semester, you'll have the chance to participate in an internship as part of the program. Completing an internship can be a valuable experience, as many students who take part in internships are offered permanent positions by the companies they work with.
In fact, some companies actively seek out aerospace technology students and offer them full-time or limited transitional positions while they're still attending school!
You can join the EFSC Aerospace Club, which promotes teamwork, experiences, and concepts related to aerospace technology.
Students have the exciting opportunity to compete in the annual national Aerospace Maintenance Competition, allowing students to showcase their technical skills and compete against other aviation and aerospace teams.
space coast Careers and industry certifications
Our graduates have excellent employment prospects with Central Florida's prominent aerospace companies, ranging from those providing support services to NASA and the Department of Defense, to commercial space and aerospace companies, as well as the electronics and high-tech manufacturing sector. Nearly all graduates of EFSC's Aerospace Technology program secure job placements either before or upon graduation. The program's A.S. degree holders are frequently offered pathways to become tech supervisors or leads by their employers.
The training also prepares graduates to test for the Certified Aerospace Technician Certification awarded through SpaceTec, another way to demonstrate your skills and competence.
A Foundation for Those Seeking an Advanced Degree
Approximately 10% of students who graduate from the program choose to further their education by pursuing a bachelor's degree. A.S. degrees can seamlessly transfer to EFSC's business-focused Organizational Management BAS degree options. You can also review transfer options with other colleges and universities, where what are known as articulation agreements can impact what course credit will transfer. Check with the transfer institution for general education course requirements and other prerequisites when exploring transfer options with a career-focused Associate in Science degree instead of an Associate in Arts degree.
Some students opt to work for companies that are willing to cover the costs of their advanced degrees while they continue working.