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Your Future As Commercial Pilot With Aviation Degree

Your Future As Commercial Pilot With Aviation DegreeThe reasons for getting a college degree are as varied as the degrees offered, but if you’re considering an aviation career, a degree will improve your chances for employment. Because pilots and maintenance technicians spend their careers in recurrent training, employers favor applicants who have demonstrated their ability to learn. More than 90 percent of pilots hired by all major airlines, for example, hold a four-year (bachelor’s) degree. A college degree is more than a “ticket” to employment, it’s an opportunity to broaden your knowledge and skills, enabling you to advance and adapt to a rapidly changing industry.

What Types of Degrees Are Available in Aviation Technology?

A degree in Aviation Technology prepares you for a variety of Aviation careers, including those in maintenance, engineering, air traffic control and piloting. Degrees are offered at various levels through colleges, universities, vocational schools and online institutions.

Aviation Technology Degrees

On its website, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), http://www.faa.gov, lists over 100 accredited colleges and universities with Aviation programs. These institutions offer a variety of degree options, from a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Management Technology to an Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Technology. While the programs may vary in focus and depth of training, most will include basic Aviation Technology concepts, including:

  • Aircraft operations
  • Effects of weather
  • FAA and other regulations 
  • Navigation
  • Air traffic control
  • Basic aircraft systems
  • Associate Degrees in Aviation Technology

An associate degree program generally lasts about two years and prepares students for entry-level employment in the Aviation industry or for continued study in Aviation. Concentrations may include Aviation maintenance, air traffic control or airport management.

Bachelor Degrees in Aviation Technology

A bachelor degree program will include a broad range of educational requirements in addition to Aviation instruction. Most bachelor degree programs last for four years. Programs are available for professional piloting, airport management, airline management and aviation engineering.

Associate Degree Programs

Associate programs have many advantages such as smaller campuses and classes, and lower tuition. Because they are “community” colleges, you don’t have to pay room and board. Offsetting these advantages is the fact that because of their size, most community colleges don’t offer a full range of aviation programs. If you are considering an associate degree as the first step to a bachelor’s, some of your college credits may not transfer to the four-year school (more on this later).

Two-year degrees fall into three categories. An associate of arts (AA) is generally a transfer-type degree where most of your course work (general studies of such subjects as English, math, etc.) counts toward a bachelor’s. Most aviation programs lead to either an associate of science (AS) or an associate of applied science (AAS).
Designed to meet unique technical requirements, flight, electronics/avionics, and maintenance are the three most common associate programs. They generally require around 60 semester hours, with 15-20 hours devoted to general studies. Some schools also offer programs in aviation management, airport administration, air traffic control, and other specialized programs targeting specific segments of aviation.

Flight, sometimes called professional flight or career pilot, focuses on flight operations. This is where you learn to fly and earn your commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating, in addition to a degree. Some colleges have options for a multi-engine rating and/or a flight instructor certificate, depending on your specific career plans.
Electronic/avionics programs offer basic and advanced electronics theory, preparing you for the manufacturing, maintenance, troubleshooting, and testing of communication/navigation equipment. Graduates should qualify for the FCC General Telephone license. Some programs have two options – one for avionics (aircraft-based) and one for electronics (ground-based). Avionics prepares you for positions with equipment manufacturers and facilities that install and maintain the equipment. Electronics is primarily designed for those who want to work for the FAA, which maintains the nation’s communications and navigation systems. (There are some private-sector opportunities in this area, too).

Maintenance programs are designed to meet the minimum requirements of Federal Aviation Regulation Part 147 covering maintenance schools and earn graduates an FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Maintenance Technician certificate. They concentrate on the theoretical and practical knowledge of maintenance and repair, as well as relevant technical documentation methods, specifications and standards. Graduates who earn their A&P certificate will be qualified to work for an air carrier or general aviation maintenance facility.

If you plan to transfer to a four-year program, carefully evaluate the requirements for the bachelor’s degree you seek and relate them to your associate courses. Selecting a four-year school before starting your associate program and discussing the bachelor’s requirements with its admissions office will help you tailor your associate program to ensure the greatest transfer of college credit. Four-year schools sometimes classify courses as “upper division,” meaning they must be taken in your junior or senior years. Beware. If you take an upper-division course at a two-year school, the four-year school may not give you credit for it. Source

Aviator College Flight Training Degree

Aviator College is approved through the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools & Colleges, the State of Florida’s Commission for Independent Education and the Federal Department of Education to award two-year Associate’s Degrees in Aeronautical Science with a concentration in Flight Instruction.

To earn the Associate’s Degree in Aeronautical Science the student must earn a minimum of 73 credit hours to include: 18 General Education credits, 24 credit hours of lower division ground schools and flight training, 25 credit hours of upper division training, and 6 elective credits. Aviation courses are listed in order of progression.

First Year Flight Training Courses:
  • AVT1100 Private Pilot Ground School
  • AVF1100 Private Pilot Flight Training
  • AVT1200 Multi-Engine Pilot Ground School
  • AVF1200 Multi-Engine Flight Training
  • AVT1300 Instrument Rating Ground School
  • AVF1300 Instrument Rating Flight Training
  • AVT1400 Commercial Pilot Ground School
  • AVF1400 Commercial Pilot Flight Training
  • AVF1400L Commercial Pilot Flight Training Lab

Credit Hour Total: 24

Aviation Electives (2 required)
  • AVG1100 Aerodynamics
  • AVG1200 Aviation Meteorology
  • AVG1300 Aviation Law
  • AVG1400 Aviation Safety

Credit Hour Total: 6

Second Year Training Courses
  • AVT1700 Flight Instructor Airplane Ground School
  • AVT1800 Flight Instructor Instrument Rating Ground School
  • AVF1700 Flight Instructor Airplane Multi-Engine Flight Training
  • AVF1800 Flight Instructor Airplane Instrument Flight Training
  • AVF1900 Flight Instructor Airplane Single-Engine Flight Training
  • AVG2300 Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing
  • AVG2100 CRJ Simulator Training
  • AVG2200 Jet Transition and CRJ 200/700/900 Systems
  • AVI2100 Aviation Internship I
  • AVI2200 Aviation Internship II

Credit Hour Total: 25

General Education Courses

General Education course are offered by Indian River State College (IRSC), through an articulation agreement or can be completed at an accredited college of your choice. The courses listed below are available at IRSC. For a complete list of elective options please contact an admission representative. All courses taken outside of Aviator College must be submitted on official transcripts for transfer credit evaluation before the diploma can be awarded.

  • ENC1101 English Composition
  • SPC1608 Introduction to Speech Communications
  • MAC1105 College Algebra
  • Humanities Elective: PHI2630 Introduction to Ethics or
  • PHI1103 Critical & Creative Thinking, recommended
  • Social Science Elective: GEA2000 World Regional Geography or
  • PSY2012 Introduction to Psychology, recommended
  • Natural Science Elective: MET1001 Weather and Climate or PHY1020 Principles of Physics or PSC1341 Physical Science, recommended

Credit Hour Total: 18

Aviator graduates wishing to continue on for a four-year Bachelor’s Degree may benefit from the articulation agreement that is in place between Aviator College and Everglades University. This agreement is for Aviator College graduates who complete their Associate of Science degrees in Aeronautical Science and who apply and are accepted into program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management or Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology. For information regarding the specifics of this agreement please contact Aviator College’s Registrar.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the college at 772-672-8222.

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