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  • Bruce Chase

    Bruce Chase

    LeTourneau University Chair, Flight Science Department
    Bruce Chase says

    Learning to fly airplanes in the United States provides a natural environment to develop Aviation English Proficiency. Classes and flight training are all conducted in English and there is ample opportunity to practice English outside of the training environment. Cost of flight training in the United States is often less than training in other countries.

    In addition to potential cost savings for flight training and English immersion, there is opportunity to see America and learn of its culture.

    The global need for pilots over the next 20 years is staggering. Aviation provides an excellent career opportunity and travel.

    As an aviation graduate, you'll be well placed for a career as a pilot for airlines or other fight operations.

  • Carlalouise Christian

    Carlalouise Christian

    Big Bend Community College Director of International Programs
    Carlalouise Christian says

    Big Bend’s AMT instructors have extensive knowledgeable backgrounds and come from various careers in the aviation field.

    Their education and experience in positions such as FAA mechanics examiner, FAA inspection authorization, and commercial airline maintenance have provided them with the skills to train you to be the best there is.

    All instruction is provided in a large, newly remodeled hangar that is filled with several aircraft and a variety of engine types including turbines and jets.

    The BBCC Aviation Maintenance Technology program is approved by the Washington State Aeronautics Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Upon successful completion of the AMT program, students will be eligible to complete the FAA written tests for certified aviation maintenance technicians and then sit for the oral and practical tests, all of which may be completed here at Big Bend Community College.

    BBCC has a long and rich history of providing a solid foundation to students seeking aviation-related education and training. The Aviation Maintenance Technology program at BBCC is designed to prepare students for FAA airframe and power plant maintenance certification and for employment in aviation maintenance careers.

    Courses offer quality training to serious and motivated students through a structured competency-based curriculum provided by industry-experienced instructors.

    Instruction includes the basics of maintenance, servicing, inspection, repair, the overhaul of aircraft airframes, power plants, and their related systems and components associated with general and commercial aviation.

    According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Overall employment of aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 14,400 openings for aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire."

  • Joshua Rickert

    Joshua Rickert

    Lane Community College Director
    Joshua Rickert says

    The Boeing report estimates over 2.1 million aviation experts are needed worldwide over the next 20 years, which makes it a great area for international students to study.

    Aviation is requires English speaking and many countries do not have Aviation training facilities, and American degrees and FAA certifications are considered the best in the industry.

    As a career, technical education degree students go directly to the workforce as pilots or aviation maintenance technicians.

  • Neal Gallagher

    Neal Gallagher

    Lane Community College Chief Instructor - Aviation Maintenance
    Neal Gallagher says

    Our program produces FAA certificated Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics, and FAA mechanic training is only available in the USA.

    Regardless of a student's citizenship if they are FAA-certificated mechanics they can work on all commercial aircraft in the USA and worldwide.

    The career outlook for aviation mechanics is very strong and growing annually.

  • Ruedi Schubarth

    Ruedi Schubarth

    LeTourneau University Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
    Ruedi Schubarth says

    Unmanned aircraft systems are used in a lot of exciting ways all around the world. Learning about the way they work, how to fly them, and how to maintain them is an important aspect of bringing automation into aviation.

    The United States aviation industry is often used as a standard for many other countries. Studying aviation in the USA and obtaining certificates here will provide opportunities in other countries that are still building their aviation industries.

    A degree in unmanned aircraft systems will give international students the tools they need to be leaders in the area of robotics and automated flight. They will have the tools they need to apply their knowledge to a variety of challenges.

    Unmanned aircraft pilots with college degrees often move into leadership roles at large companies, managing and organizing teams of pilots and maintenance personnel.

Top aviation programs in the USA

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Bachelor's in aviation in the USA

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    Aerospace/Aviation Sciences: Rotor-Wing - BSc Southern Utah University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,822 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,822 USD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Applied Science (Aviation) - BASc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,200 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Aviation - BBA Marywood University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,534 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,534 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Aviation Sciences - BScA Baylor University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,544 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,544 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Aviation Studies - BSc LeTourneau University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,630 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,630 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in aviation in the USA

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    Aviation Science: Helicopter - AASc Portland Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,290 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,290 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March, June
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    Aviation: Unmanned Aircraft Operator - AASc Southern Utah University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,822 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,822 USD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Aviation Maintenance Technician - AASc Lane Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
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    Aviation Maintenance Technology - AASc Big Bend Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,842 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,842 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Aviation Maintenance Technology - AASc South Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    June, September, January, April
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Certificate in aviation in the USA

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    Aviation Electronics: Electronics Technician - Cert North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    June, January, April
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    Aviation Maintenance Airframe & Powerplant - Cert South Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    June, September, January, April
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    Aviation Maintenance Technician - Cert Lane Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
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    Engineering Technology: Unmanned Systems-Unmanned Aviation Systems Technology - Cert College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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Student reviews for aviation in the USA

  • Ferrin Tassawwer Amith
    Sri Lanka
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    LeTourneau University Aviation
    Tell us about studying aviation in the USA
    Studying Aviation Maintenance, excellent lecturers who are helpful anytime of the day. Course structures explained brilliantly during the introduction of the initial class. Work load is quite manageable as you get used to the environment.
  • Eunkyeong Choi
    Korea, Republic of
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    LeTourneau University Aviation
    Tell us about studying aviation in the USA
    Mission Aviation is a Flight, Mission and Mechanic program. It has the largest credit hours required and most is the expensive. But I value this because it has the greater purpose of all.