Aviation Technology Program

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AVIATION TECHNOLOGY (3 OPTIONS)

The Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technology combines technical skills competency in one of three aviation-related specialty areas (options) with aerospace business and management skills.  For additional information, please see the Fairmont State Aeronautics website link to the right.

Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives Scholarship Information

OVERVIEW OF AVIATION MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT OPTION
This degree option prepares the graduate for a career as an Aircraft Maintenance Manager.   Although Aircraft Maintenance Managers typically begin their careers as Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMT), they possess the skills required to transition into entry level supervisory positions as experience and opportunity allow.   Aircraft Maintenance Managers are responsible for supervising aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul functions with major and regional airline maintenance operations, to include airline major maintenance base operations and airline line maintenance operations; Part 145 overhaul and major maintenance base operations; aircraft, power plant and component manufacturing operations; corporate aviation operations, armed forces flight operations; and small aircraft general aviation fixed base maintenance operations.  Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology, an FAA Airframe and Power plant certification, and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Management.   

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT
Major airlines (United, US Airways, Delta Airlines, etc., general aviation fixed base aircraft maintenance operations (FBO), aircraft manufacturers (Cessna, Piper, Boeing, Bombardier, etc.), corporate aviation (Lowes, Milam Labs, etc.; Federal Aviation Administration; US armed forces; and Part 145 aircraft overhaul and major maintenance repair stations (regional airlines such as US Airways Express, United express, America West, etc.).  Local and regional employers include the Bombardier Aerospace Canadair Regional Jet Service Center, Pratt & Whitney Engine Services, Aurora Flight Sciences West Virginia, Lockheed Martin, KCI Aviation, FMW Composites, Tiger Aircraft, National Guard Fixed Wing Training Center, Air Force Reserve, and Sino Swearingen Aircraft.    

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OVERVIEW OF AVIATION ADMINISTRATION – MANAGEMENT OPTION
This degree option prepares the graduate for entry level employment in administrative areas relating to the aviation/aerospace industry.  Typical job titles include, but are not limited t airport manager, flight dispatcher, flight scheduler, air traffic controller, crew coordinator, air cargo administrator, FAA program administrator, and operations manager.  Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Administration.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN ADMINISTRATION – MANAGEMENT
Major airlines (United, US Airways, Delta Airlines, etc.); general aviation fixed base aircraft maintenance operations (FBO); Federal Aviation Administration; aircraft manufacturers (Cessna, Piper, Boeing, Bombardier, etc.); Federal Aviation Administration; and Part 145 aircraft overhaul and major maintenance repair stations (regional airlines such as US Airways Express, United Express, America West, etc.).  Local and regional employers include the Bombardier Aerospace Canadair Regional Jet Service Center, Pratt & Whitney Engine Services, Aurora Flight Sciences West Virginia, Lockheed Martin, FMW Composites, Tiger Aircraft, and Sino Swearingen Aircraft.    

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OVERVIEW OF AVIATION ADMINISTRATION - PROFESSIONAL FLIGHT OPTION
Graduates of this option, in addition to completing requirements for the Aviation Administration - Management option, also complete a Professional Flight component leading to entry level employment as a professional pilot.  Graduates can a private, instrument, commercial, multi-engine, CFI and CFII instructor certifications.  Graduates also qualify for entry level positions in job classifications such as airport management, flight dispatcher, flight scheduler, air traffic controller, crew scheduler, air cargo operations manager, and administrative positions with the Federal Aviation Administration.  The Professional Flight Program is FAA approved under CFR Part 141.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN ADMINISTRATION - PROFESSIONAL FLIGHT
Private sector and collegiate flight training schools; general aviation fixed base flight operations; regional airlines, corporate flight departments, Federal Aviation Administration, and local and state municipality flight departments (state aeronautics commissions, law enforcement, and the department of wild life).

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