Professional Pilot Technology

School of Professional Studies and Management
  • Type of Degree: Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Location: Williston Campus
  • Credit Requirements: 121

If you are committed and passionate about flying airplanes, come fly with the Vermont Tech Professional Pilot Technology program. We’re the first college to offer an Aviation degree in the state of Vermont, and we hold our own on a national level too. This program will have you in the air during your first semester and offers the option to complete all 9 FAA certificates and ratings. Gain valuable experience completing internships or paid employment for an airline in the unique Vermont and New England flying terrain. You will be flying with career pilots that maintain their long-term industry connections, increasing your chances for employment opportunities.

Still up in the air? Consider that the students in the Professional Pilot program can become Certified Flight Instructors by their junior year and graduate with typically 250 or more flight hours already under their belts. That flight time makes graduates highly valued in the industry. Vermont Tech is authorized by the FAA to certify pilot graduates for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (RATP). The authorization is highly advantageous as certified graduates can be hired as professional airline pilots that much sooner, creating a fast track to a career doing what they love.

A student with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Pilot Technology will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the theoretical knowledge and flight skills necessary to attain FAA certificates and ratings in Private, Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor, and Multi-Engine as well as training or endorsements in taildragger (conventional gear), aerobatic, high performance, complex, and seaplane aircraft
  • Understand and interpret meteorological data to ensure safe and efficient flight operations
  • Operate as a crew member
  • Function and communicate effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Understand leadership roles and step into those roles as a confident leader
  • Understand the technological, political, and historical developments constituting the evolution of modern aviation
  • Accurately analyze and interpret data from aerodynamic, mathematical, and scientific principles

Educational objectives that are demonstrated during their workforce careers include:

  • Achieving success in the dynamic and growing aviation industry with proper academic and professional certification
  • Demonstrating knowledge of contemporary world-wide aviation industry issues
  • Utilizing specific flying skills to attain FAA certificates and ratings that allow for employment as pilots and flight crew within the international aviation industry
  • Mastering critical thinking and decision-making skills necessary for safe and effective flying
  • Committing to lifelong learning with focus on continuous development of professional skills

Completion of the degree entails intensive motivation and commitment. Most pilot certificates or ratings are completed in a 14-week semester. This may require flying 4-5 times each week. The FAA requires stage checks and short written exams for each stage in FAA-approved 141 flight courses. The Chief Flight Instructor and their assistants are required to follow the published milestones and stage checks for every student to ensure proper completion. The student must make up cancellations or delays on weekends and during scheduled breaks if necessary and must be available to fly seven days per week, including some night flights.

Success in the program requires understanding that consequences incur for noncompliance of scheduling requests, failure to meet milestones, and stage check failures. If continuous interventions are necessary, the student can expect grade reductions or dismissal from the program. Compliance with all schedules, FAA regulations, and course syllabi is a major part of the training for a career in aviation.

Careers in Professional Pilot Technology

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Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

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Projected Employment Growth for Airline & Commercial Pilots, 2016-2026 (source: BLS)

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All Occupations

2016 Median Pay (Airline & Commercial Pilots) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
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Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that the college has been ranked 19th among the Best Northeast Regional Colleges for 2019 in the annual best college rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. The college has risen in two important categories this year, in both the public college... Read More
Vermont Tech’s Professional Pilot Program was recently added to the exclusive list of schools that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorizes to certify its graduates to apply for the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with reduced aeronautical experience. Vermont Tech is one of... Read More
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