Most aviation technology training programs will require a strong background in various mathematics, science, and physics courses in addition to general education requirements. Depending on what specialized area of study you choose to minor in, coursework will also include flight training, aircraft maintenance, aerodynamics, aircraft systems, and navigation systems and technologies. Computer-aided design courses may also be required. Advanced calculus and statistics courses prepare students for the necessary mathematical skills to excel in aviation careers, while hands-on learning labs provide practice experience with equipment design, operation, and maintenance. Some programs may also provided courses needed to receive certification and professional licenses. Program coursework will develop necessary technical skills, blueprint drafting and reading skills, and aircraft safety, repair, and operation skills.
Upon graduation, individuals are eligible for a variety of aviation careers, including jobs as commercial airline pilots, professional flight instructors, aircraft safety inspectors, electricians, aeronautical engineers, machinists, and air traffic controllers. Upper-level career opportunities include airline management, airport management, or maintenance management positions. Degrees from accredited universities ensure the quality of the training received and are often favored by potential employers. Accredited degree programs are also typically transferrable to other programs and accredited universities. Jobs within this field are highly competitive, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers within the aviation industry grow at a rate below the national average for all jobs. Most jobs are available within government agencies or with commercial airlines.