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Program Overview

Aviation is a field that starts from the ground up. Before take-off, planes must be prepped, inspected, and guided to the tarmac. Carrying approximately two million passengers per day− or almost one billion people per year− aircraft are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure the safety of its people and cargo.

At MDC’s School of Aviation, our accredited degree and certificate programs will prepare students for a career in the field of aviation. Most students who enter the field of aviation administration desire to become air traffic controllers. At MDC, students have the ability to specialize in Air Traffic Control (ATC) via one of the following major concentrations: Aviation Administration, Aviation Maintenance Management, and Professional Pilot Technology.

Air traffic controllers are aviation specialists that ensure the safety of more than 60 million aircraft annually across 30.2 million square miles of airspace. They are stationed in air traffic control towers (ATCT) that focus on TRACON, terminal radar approach control, and air route traffic control centers (ARTCC). As one of the highest paying jobs in the nation, competition is high but opportunity is within reach at MDC’s School of Aviation.

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Program Details

The School of Aviation at MDC was one of the first FAA-approved AT-CTI programs in the nation. The acronym stands for Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative, which provides candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to become an air traffic controller.

Compared to non-CTI candidates, students who attend AT-CTI schools have a greater chance of passing their final air traffic controller examination, which involves passing both a ground and air control simulation as well a written section of the exam. At MDC, our air traffic control students train with the same simulations used in Oklahoma City. They are also equipped with the theoretical background and applicable knowledge that is tested weekly in Oklahoma. As part of this program, you’ll explore a wide range of aviation areas that include:

  • Air traffic control and tower operations
  • Aviation laws and regulations
  • Airline marketing
  • Customer service
  • Airport management
  • Aviation and airport security
  • Airline management
  • Financial planning
  • Logistics and cargo
  • Meteorology
  • And more

Career Prospects

An education in Aviation Administration opens the door to employment in areas such as:

  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Airline Marketing
  • Flight Operations
  • Logistics and Management
  • Sales and Customer Service

About the Associate in Science

The Associate in Science is designed to prepare students for immediate employment. Credits earned for many courses in these programs are acceptable to upper division colleges should you decide to pursue a four-year degree.

Program Location

Homestead Campus is home to the Eig-Watson School of Aviation and many components of the College’s aviation program. However, some courses take advantage of our airport locations and offer unique experiences and unparalleled exposure to the aviation industry: