Aero CHI Program

Hallmark University is pleased to announce a partnership with North East ISD and San Antonio ISD by launching the Aerospace College Headstart Institute (Aero CHI). Aero CHI is an FAA approved college-level program designed to prepare students for a career in aerospace manufacturing and maintenance. Students can apply for the 2019-20 academic year.

22 seats are available for the year for NEISD students.

25 seats are available for the year for SAISD students.

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Earn Semester Hours

Upon successful completion, graduates will have earned 30 semester credit hours or nearly half of an AAS degree in Airframe Technology, which saves over $11,000 in tuition if continuing at Hallmark University.

According to the San Antonio EDF, over 13,000 San Antonio employees work in the aerospace industry with an average wage of nearly $60,000, and Boeing projects a worldwide need for 679,000 new aviation maintenance technicians over the next 20 years.

Hallmark University produces more FAA licensed graduates than any other program in Texas, and HU graduates have earned a very strong reputation around the world for their character and skill, making them highly sought after by top aviation companies. In 2016, over 90% of our graduates found employment in their career field.

Admissions Process and Requirements

All students applying must be:

  • Current NEISD or SAISD students.
  • Current 10th grade students going into the 11th grade next fall.
  • In current good academic standing
  • Students must have health insurance or purchase Student Accident Insurance to participate.
  • Students/parents must provide transportation to the facility. Schools will provide transportation from the facility to the students home campus if needed.
Aero chi cohort 1 students working on plane
Acceptance Considerations

Applicants will be considered based on assessment score, their interview, high school experience, and a background check.

Students are required to achieve a minimum score of 70 on the Aviation assessment.

Students also must be able to clear the FAA requirement for a Background Check to be cleared to attend the Hallmark University College of Aeronautics campus located at San Antonio Airport.

The deadline for application for the 2019-2020 school year for NEISD students is March 31, 2019.

The deadline for application for the 2019-2020 school year for SAISD students is June 7, 2019.


The Hallmark University Aerospace College Head-start Institute (Aero CHI) is a program to give high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to prepare for a career in one of San Antonio’s anchor industries – Aerospace.

  • Students earn 30 free college credits.
  • Students study at Hallmark University, which has trained San Antonio’s civilian aerospace workforce for 49 years and produces more FAA licensed Airframe & Powerplant technicians than any other program in Texas. Without an FAA license, aircraft technicians will always need to be supervised by someone else who is licensed – go higher with an FAA license.
  • The College of Aeronautics at Hallmark University simulates an aviation workplace environment so students learn to become airframe and powerplant technicians in a real-world setting on the flight line at San Antonio International Airport. Mechanics love the smell of jet fumes in the morning.
  • After completion of the Aero CHI program and graduating high school, students are less than 12 months away from earning an aviation technician associate’s degree at Hallmark University. After all, airplanes are all about getting to your destination faster.
  • Or enter the aviation workforce directly after completing the Aero CHI program. There are plenty of aviation jobs that don’t require an FAA license, you’ll just always be working for someone who does.
Aero chi cohort 1 students inside plane
  • Aero CHI
    Year 1
    Course #Course Title
    AGS 1121

    Aviation Science

    This course will cover the following subjects:
    Forms and Regulations – Class covers mechanics privileges within the limitations prescribed by FAR Part 65, manufacturers’ aircraft maintenance specifications, data sheets, manuals, publications, and related Federal Aviation Regulations, Airworthiness Directives, and Advisory Material. Students will write descriptions of work performed including aircraft discrepancies and corrective actions using typical aircraft maintenance records. Also, students will complete required maintenance forms, records, and inspection reports.
    Materials and Processes – Identify and select appropriate nondestructive testing methods, perform dye penetrant, eddy current, ultrasonic, and magnetic particle inspections. Perform basic heat-testing processes, identify and select aircraft hardware and materials, and inspect and check welds. Perform precision measurements.
    Ground Operation & Service; Cleaning and Corrosion Control – Start, ground operate, move, service, and secure aircraft and identify typical ground operation hazards, identify and select fuels, identify and select cleaning materials, inspect, identify, remove, and treat aircraft corrosion and perform aircraft cleaning.
    Aviation Physics – Understand the principles of matter; simple machines; sound, fluid, and heat dynamics; work, power, force, and motion, including Newton’s Laws of Motion. Use and understand the principles of Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight.

    AGS 1301

    Basic Electricity

    Students will calculate and measure capacitance and inductance. Calculate and measure electrical power, voltage, current, resistance, and continuity. Determine the relationship of voltage, current, and resistance in an electrical circuit. Read and interpret aircraft electrical circuit diagrams, including solid-state devices and logic functions. Inspect and service batteries.

    Year 2
    Course #Course Title
    PPS 2121

    Powerplant Systems I

    This course will cover the following subjects:
    Reciprocating Engines I – Will inspect and analyze repairs on a radial engine. Complete overhaul of a reciprocating engine.
    Reciprocating Engine Systems I – Identify and select lubricants, inspect, check, service, troubleshoot, and repair engine lubricating systems. Inspect, check, service, troubleshoot, and repair cooling systems and components. They will also inspect, check, troubleshoot, service, and repair engine exhaust systems and components. Also, inspections, checks, servicing, troubleshooting, heat exchangers, superchargers, and airflow and temperature control systems.
    Reciprocating Engine Systems II – Inspect, check, troubleshoot, service, and repair engine ice and rain control systems. Inspect, check, service, and repair carburetor air intake and induction manifolds. Inspect, check, service, troubleshoot, and repair engine fuel systems. A carburetor overhaul is performed. They will also inspect, check, service, troubleshoot, and repair reciprocating engine fuel metering systems and components. Inspect, check, service, repair reciprocating engines and engine installations.
    Reciprocating Engines II: Troubleshooting – Remove, troubleshoot, and install an operational reciprocating engine.
    Ignition and Starting Systems I – Inspect, service, troubleshoot, remove and repair reciprocating engine ignition systems and components. They will also overhaul an engine magneto and ignition harness.

    MATH 1314

    College Algebra

    This course shall include a study of linear and quadratics; algebraic operations and equations; polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; conic sections; area and volume of geometric shapes; systems of equations; progressions; sequences and series; and matrices and determinants.

Aero Chi Application

The deadline for application for the 2019-2020 school year for NEISD students is March 31, 2019.

The deadline for application for the 2019-2020 school year for SAISD students is June 7, 2019.


The application deadline for our Aero CHI has passed for the 2018/19 school year. Please check back at the beginning of the year for the 2019/20 application. For more information, please call 210-690-9000.