Aeronautical Science, B.S.

Aeronautical Science, B.S.

What is an aeronautical science degree?

Aeronautical Science DegreeFlorida Tech's aeronautical science degree prepares students is for technical jobs in the aviation industry. Florida Tech's College of Aeronautics has been consistently recognized for offering one of the best university-based aviation programs in the country.

The aeronautical science degree is available as either a flight or non-flight major. Choosing aeronautical science without flight provides a strong foundation in applied math and science for a career in a technical aspect of aviation, while aeronautical science - flight prepares you for a career as a professional pilot.

This degree is very versatile, offering even more with these two additional options:

  • Prepare for a career in military aviation and participate in Army ROTC
  • Specialize in air traffic control and be ready to apply to the FAA Academy upon graduation. Graduates of the Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program may be eligible to bypass the Air Traffic Basics Course covered during the first five weeks of qualification training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.

Gain Practical Experience

Whether you want to be an aeronautic designer, airport manager or aviation safety expert, an aeronautical science degree from Florida Tech develops a strong background in aviation through hands-on experience in modern aeronautical technology and industry best practices. First-year students get started right away taking core courses like Introduction to Aviation Physiology and Aviation Meteorology.

Seniors complete advanced aviation security and advanced aircraft course work, and meet recruiters from major airlines at university career fairs. Students also gain valuable experience through internship opportunities. Aeronautical science degree students have access to first-rate computer labs and the Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) for hands-on learning.

Build Professional Relationships

Beyond the classroom, aeronautical science degree majors build leadership and professional experience through internships, and participate in academic organizations like Collegiate Aviation Business Executives, a student chapter of American Association of Airport Executives, the Falcons Intercollegiate Flight Team, Women in Aviation, Student Government and over 100 other campus-wide student organizations.

Get Recruited By a Top Airline

Employers seek out graduates from Florida Tech. Employers who have recruited our students for internships and careers include top airlines and aviation organizations such as:

  • American Airlines
  • United Continental
  • Delta
  • JetBlue Airways
  • US Airways
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • Flight Safety International
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Various International Airports

Earn an Advanced Degree

After receiving their aeronautical science degree, many of our students go to graduate school (often at Florida Tech) for advanced degrees in aviation human factors, airport development and aviation law.

Why pursue an aeronautical science degree at Florida Tech?

Studying aviation at an aeronautical university like Florida Tech affords you the benefits of a larger school (such as world-class faculty members and high-quality course curriculum) in a close-knit academic community offering small class sizes and one-on-one time with professors. The campus atmosphere is relaxed and studying here is a very personal experience, making us a very unique aeronautical university.

Florida Tech's faculty members are experienced experts in all aspects of aviation. The faculty is largely comprised not only of pilots, but also experts in at least one other area such as aviation law, safety, avionics, and environmental science. Other professors are experts in airport consulting; design and management; airline or general aviation management; as well as aviation human factors, meteorology and air traffic control.

High-Tech Laboratory & Learning Facilities

As an aeronautical university we know that cutting-edge technology and facilities are an important part of what makes a program successful. Aeronautical science majors at Florida Tech primarily attend class and work in the College of Aeronautics' Skurla Hall, which includes classrooms, computer labs for airport design and planning, and the Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) Lab. The BATD Lab enables all students to fly desktop simulators under the supervision of a flight instructor. Skurla Hall is home to a first-rate computer lab with many different applications and networking capabilities that allow hands-on learning of many aviation topics.

Great Florida Location – Year-Round Flying

Florida Tech's benefits begin with its prime position on Florida's Space Coast, boasting ideal weather conditions for flying year-round. Florida Tech's Central Florida location also puts students amidst a wealth of high-tech companies for internships and research.

The campus of this aeronautical university is near 72 miles of beautiful beaches, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Brevard Zoo, Port Canaveral and Orlando theme parks. Campus life includes many student organizations, and competitive and intramural sports.

Aviation is a small world and our faculty and students enjoy a special bond and sense of camaraderie. Florida Tech's program, quality professors and comprehensive curriculum make it your best choice for an aeronautical university.

How will an aeronautical science degree prepare me for the future?

Students who attend an aeronautical college can participate in aeronautical science internships that provide enhanced learning opportunities beyond classroom work. Florida Tech students take internships over one or more summers or semesters. These internship opportunities offer exposure to major and minor airlines and aeronautical organizations such as including:

  • JetBlue Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Melbourne International Airport

These aeronautical college internship experiences are great for networking in the industry and provide specialized experience in airline operations and aircraft systems training. Interning students also learn about flight dispatch, record keeping and the various large computer systems and programs employed by the airline.

Get the Skills You Need

Interested students can take part in the Air Traffic Control (ATC) program. ATC students gain hands-on experience with industry-standard air traffic control programs. The ATC specialization meets the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program, and is FAA-approved. FAA Academy training consists of option-specific (terminal or en route) initial training.

Florida Tech is a state-of-the-art aeronautical college, where students learn high-level software and programming skills and gain experience in aviation programs and applications used around the world. Using computer-aided design (CAD) programs, students can complete projects in designing airports and airport terminals, and also conduct experiments such as noise studies.

Get a Competitive Edge

Florida Tech's aeronautical college students are regular competitors in the National Intercollegiate Flight Competition and often win many awards, including safety awards. In fact, our students have won more safety awards than any other competing university.

Additionally, Florida Tech allows advanced placement credit if you have an FAA Private Pilot Certificate or higher. Evaluation and placement is done during orientation week.

Join Clubs and Organizations to Enhance Your Degree

The Collegiate Aviation Business Club (CABE) focuses on aviation jobs outside of the cockpit, helping students grow by facilitating a networking relationship with students and the aviation business world. Members of CABE have the unique opportunity to travel to many events including professional conferences, seminars, airport tours, networking events, and airshows.

Women in Aviation (WIA) is an organization made up of women and men dedicated to the advancement of women in aeronautics. WIA takes part in networking activities and lectures to help promote women in all fields and help them obtain aeronautical college internship positions and career opportunities.

What can you do with an aeronautical science degree?

Between expert instructors, real-world relevant internship opportunities, an engaged alumni network and an excellent Career Management Services office, graduates are well prepared for any number of careers in aeronautics. A degree in aeronautical science opens up many career paths that include such jobs as airport manager, aviation safety expert, air traffic control and airline manager, to name a few.

Career Outlook

A degree in aeronautical science means the graduate has a set of skills applicable to many professions that place a premium on technical competencies. Potential for careers in aeronautics, specifically as airline and commercial pilots, is projected to grow 11 percent through 2020, as projections for growth in world travel increases, and pilots retire in the coming decade. Job opportunities will be spread among passenger and cargo airline companies.

Jobs in air traffic control will be in good supply as a result of today's air traffic control workforce retiring over the next decade. While there will be an increasing number of job openings, competition for entrance into the FAA Academy will remain high. Job opportunities will demand that applicants obtain an air traffic control degree from an FAA-certified school.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides specific information about jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things. Check the handbook on the outlook for careers in aeronautics.

Career Options

Careers in aeronautics include jobs such as:

  • Flight engineer
  • Aircraft technician
  • Aviation and aeronautic design
  • Aviation and aeronautic maintenance (repair and perform scheduled maintenance and conduct inspections as required by the FAA)
  • Air traffic controller
  • Defense industry design (e.g., "smart" weapons")
  • Research and development (e.g., space suits, jet fuels, space communication systems)
  • Bio-medicine (development of limb and joint prosthetics using nano-materials)

Potential Employers for Florida Tech Graduates

  • Major or regional airline including American, Sky West, Express Jet
  • Aviation-related companies such as Harris Corp. and Velocity Aircraft Government
  • Agencies including NTSB accident investigator, FAA Air Traffic Controller
  • Airports
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