SLCC General Catalog

Aerospace/Aviation Technology AS

Associate of Science (AS)
67 credits minimum

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Program Description

Salt Lake Community College has offered the Professional Pilot program for 20 years and prepares students for a successful and exciting career in the aerospace and aviation industry. The program includes classroom academics, simulator training, and in-flight instruction.  All academic and flight training is certified under the Federal Aviation Administration PAR's Part 141 standards. Graduates of SLCC’s Aerospace/Aviation Pilot program are well prepared for successful and exciting careers in the aerospace industry. SLCC also caters to future pilots who may not be seeking a degree.

There are a few degrees available within Aerospace/Aviation-Pilot Technology. These degrees include an Associate of Science in Aerospace/Aviation Technology with four different tracks (Fixed-Wing, Rotor-Wing, Aviation Administration, or Dispatch Track), Associate of Applied Science degrees (Fixed-Wing and Rotor-Wing) and Certificates of Completion (Fixed-Wing and Rotor-Wing).

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities within the aerospace and aviation industry for pilots, administrators, and dispatchers include, but are not limited to: U.S. Military, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Division of Wildlife, Commercial flight operations (flight instructing, scenic tours, cargo, charter, firefighting, parajumpers, traffic watch), Major Commercial flight operations (regional and major airlines), and private corporate flight departments.

Transfer/Articulation Information

The two-year AS degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to programs at four-year universities or colleges. SLCC has developed articulation agreements with other state colleges and universities which make it easy for SLCC students to transfer their credits.  SLCC students who complete the program are prepared to transfer to Utah Valley University, Utah State University, Westminster College, or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to complete a bachelor’s degree. Contact an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information or you can visit the Professional Pilot Program.

Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution.

Program Entry Requirements

Minimum age is 17 for pilot applicants and 21 for dispatch applicants. English literacy in reading and speaking is required. Physical condition must be certified by an FAA Medical Examiner for pilot applicants. A minimum of a Class II or physical exam is required at the approximate cost of $100. To find a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) for a Class II Medical Exam please visit the FAA website. The physical exam must be completed prior to the first flight lesson. Financial Aid is available for eligible students and must be applied for at least 3 months prior to anticipated need. 

Students may start this program during the Fall, Spring or Summer semester.

Total Program/Course Fees

In addition to tuition and fees, students will pay a special fee for pilot flight labs. This fee is based on the national average flight training required for the particular certificate. Flight lab fees may vary due to individual abilities and aircraft equipment selected. Contact program faculty for more information on flight lab fees. Federal Aviation Administration knowledge exams and practical test flights for pilot certifications are separate costs.

Estimated Cost for Students

The average cost per semester for books and supplies is $250. Most textbooks can be obtained from the College’s bookstore, online, or are available at the pilot shop from the flight school on contract.

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow suggested sample schedule, completion time is four semesters.

Specialized Accreditation

FAA-approved Part 141 flight program

Program Objectives

The FAA-approved Part 141 flight program prepares students to earn the following certificates: Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Commercial Certificate, Certified Flight Instructor, and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument in Rotor Wing or Fixed Wing aircraft, and Multi-Engine Instructor in Fixed Wing (The FAA approved Part 65 Dispatch Program prepares students to earn a Dispatch Certification). The student must demonstrate through knowledge tests, practical tests, and show through appropriate records that he/she meets the knowledge, skill, and experience requirement necessary. The various stages are complete when the student has completed written exams with a minimum passing score of 70% . All program courses require a grade of a C or higher to be considered a passing grade.  Students enrolled in the Dispatch track must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 to be recommended to take the FAA practical exam.


General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 6 Credits

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

ENGL 2010

Intermediate Writing

3

A

ENGL 1010 w/C grade or better

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose One Course (3-4 Credits) From The Following

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MATH 1030

Quantitative Reasoning

3

A

RDG 0990; within last year MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

OR

 

 

 

 

MATH 1050

College Algebra

4

A

RDG 0990; within last year MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits From One Of The Following

Course

 

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ECON 1740

Econ History of US

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

HIST 1700

American Civilization

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

POLS 1100

US Govt & Politics

3

A

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN Or Depth) 3 Credits

Distribution Areas:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas.  One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Course

Credits

 

Biological Science (BS)

3-4

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

Interdisciplinary (ID)

3

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 

Physical Science (PS)

3

 

 

 

Required Courses: (20 Credits)

Course

 

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

PILT 1010

Air Transportation

3

F, Sp

 

PILT 1040

Aviation Orient

1

A

 

PILT 1100

Priv Pilot Gnd Scl

4

A

Coreq: PILT 1110, 1115, 1140, 1145, or instructor approval

PILT 1420

Aircraft Systems

3

A

 

PILT 2050

Aviation Meteorology

3

A

 

PILT 2250

Aerodynamics

3

F, Sp

 

PILT 2310

Human Factors & Safety

3

F, Sp

 

 

Tracks

In addition to required courses, students must also complete a minimum of 10 credits of Track Requirements and a minimum of 3 credits of Track or Pilot Electives.

Dispatch Certification Track Requirements

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

DISP 1500

Dispatch Applications

7

A

PILT 1100, 1400, 2050; may be taken concurrently with PILT 1400 and PILT 2050

PILT 1400

Intro Air Traffic Control

3

F, Sp

 

Dispatch Certification Track Electives

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

PILT 1250

PILT 1260

Inst Ground School

Inst Sim Fxd-Wing Lab

3

1

A

A

PILT 1150 or 1155. Coreq: PILT 1260 or 1265; or Instructor approval

PILT 1150 Coreq: PILT 1250

Fixed-Wing (Airplane) Track Requirements

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

PILT 1250

Inst Ground School

3

A

PILT 1150 or 1155. Coreq: PILT 1260 or 1265; or Instructor approval

PILT 1140

Solo Plt F/W Cert Lab

1

A

PILT 1100 or concurrently

PILT 1150

Prv Pilot F/W Cert Lab

2

A

PILT 1140

PILT 1260

Inst Simulator F/W Lab

  1

A

PILT 1150; Coreq: PILT 1250

PILT 1300

Instr Cert F/W Lab

3

A

PILT 1250 or concurrently

Fixed-Wing (Airplane) Track Electives

Course

 

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

PILT 2100

Commercial Ground

3

A

PILT 1150 or PILT 1155; PILT 1250

PILT 2200

Cross Country F/W Lab

2

A

Coreq: PILT 1300, PILT 2100

PILT 2220

FW Engn Add-on Lab

1

A

PILT 1150 or instructor approval

PILT 2240

Com Pilt F/W Cert Lab

2

A

PILT 2200

PILT 2300

CFI/Airplane Lab

2

A

PILT 2240. Coreq: PILT 2340

PILT 2350

CFI/Inst Fixed-Wing Lab

1

A

PILT 2300

PILT 2400

CFI/Multi-Eng F/W Lab

1

A

PILT 2220. Coreq: PILT 2340

PILT 2440

Mnt Flying F/W Lab

1

Su, F

PILT 1150 and 2050

PILT 2260

PILT 2265

PILT 2460

Comm FW CAT Add-on Lab

Comm RW CAT Add-on Lab

Turbo Transtn FW Lab

2

2

1

A

A

A

PILT 2245

PILT 2240

PILT 1150 and 2220

Rotor-Wing (Helicopter) Track Requirements

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

PILT 1250

Inst Ground School

3

A

PILT 1150 or 1155 Coreq: PILT 1260 or 1265 or Instructor approval

PILT 1145

Solo Pilt R/W Cert Lab

1

A

PILT 1100 or concurrently

PILT 1155

Priv Pilt R/W Cert Lab

2

A

PILT 1145

PILT 1265

Inst Sim R/Wg Lab

1

A

PILT 1155 Coreq: PILT 1250

PILT 1305

Recip Trans R/W Lab

1

A

PILT 1155

PILT 1315

Inst R/W Cert Lab

2

A

PILT 1250 or concurrently

Rotor-Wing (Helicopter) Track Electives

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

PILT 2100

Commercial Ground

3

A

PILT 1150 or PILT 1155; PILT 1250

PILT 2205

Cross Country R/W Lab

2

A

PILT 1315 Coreq: PILT 2100

PILT 2245

Com Pilt R/W Cert Lab

2

A

PILT 2205

PILT 2340

CFI Grnd School

3

A

PILT 2100

PILT 2305

CFI/Rotor-Wing

2

A

PILT 2245 Coreq: PILT 2340

PILT 2355

CFI/Inst Rotor-Wing Lab

1

A

PILT 2305

PILT 2405

Turbine Transtn R/W Lab

1

A

PILT 1155

PILT 2445

Mtn Ops Rotor-Wing Lab

1

A

PILT 2050 and 2245

PILT 2455

Utility Oper Rotor-Wing Lab

1

A

PILT 2245

PILT 2265

Comm RW CAT Add-on Lab

2

A

PILT 2240

PILT 2260

PILT 2465

PILT 2475

PILT 2485

 

Comm FW CAT Add-on Lab

Ngt Visn Gogls Ops RW Lab

Medium Transtn RW Lab

Twin Eng Transtn RW Lab

2

2

2

2

A

A

A

Sp, F

PILT 2245

PILT 2245; PILT 2310

PILT 2405, 2455

PILT 2475

Aviation Administration Track Requirements

Course

 

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

AVAD 1010

Airport Sys & Fac

3

F, Sp

 

AVAD 1020

Airport Oper & Admin

3

F, Sp

 

MGMT 1600

Management Essentials

3

A

 

PILT 1110

Pvt Sim Fixed-Wing Lab

1

A

PILT 1100 required for non-flying students

OR

 

 

 

 

PILT 1115

Pvt Sim Rotor-Wing Lab

1

A

PILT 1100 required for non-flying students

 

 

 

 

 

Aviation Administration Track Electives

Course

 

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

PILT 1400

Intro to Air Traffic Cntrl

3

F, Sp

 

PILT 2470

Corp Bus Aviation

2

F, Sp

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilot Electives

Course

 

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

PILT 1050

Aviation History

2

F, Sp

PILT 1010; may be taken concurrently w/PILT 1010

PILT 1110

Pvt Sim Fixed-Wing Lab

1

A

PILT 1100 required for non-flying students

PILT 1115

Pvt Sim Rotor-Wing Lab

1

A

PILT 1100 required for non-flying students

PILT 1800

Ground Tutoring Lab

1

A

Coreq. PILT 1100, 1250, 2100 or 2210;  and instructor approval

PILT 1840

Simulator Tutoring Lab

1

A

Coreq: PILT 1140,  1145, 1150, 1155, 1300, 1315, 2200, 2205, 2220, 2240, 2245, 2300, 2305, 2350 or 2355

PILT 1990

Special Studies

1-3

A

Instructor permission

PILT 2000

Aviation CO-OP

1-2

A

Second year student and instructor approval

PILT 2010

PreGrad Seminar

1

F, Sp

Second year student

PILT 2470

Corp Business

2

F, Sp

 

 

Sample Schedule

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

ENGL 1010

3

ENGL 2010

3

PILT 1040

1

PILT 1010

3

PILT 1100

4

PILT 2310

3

TRACK REQ

1

TRACK REQ

2

PILT 1420

3

PILT 2050

3

Student Choice

3

Distribution

3

 

 

HLAC

1

Total

15

Total

15

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

TRACK REQ

3

TRACK REQ

3

TRACK REQ

1

PILT 2250

3

MATH 1030/1050

3-4

TRACK ELEC

3-6

AI

3

Distribution (3)

9

Distribution (2)

6

 

 

Total

16-17

Total

18-21

 

Advising Notes

Students who need to take preparatory classes prior to entering the program should plan extra time to compete the program. High school curriculum in math, science and communication is recommended.

It is the students’ responsibility to understand the requirements for their chosen program of study and to examine each course description for details about the prerequisite classes. It is highly recommended that each student meet with the program advisor prior to starting this program. The program advisor may be reached at 801-957-4550.

Credit for Prior Experience

Any FAA Certification or Military training leading to certification must be reviewed by department. Official copies of FAA Certification and/or Military training must be submitted for consideration. Private Certification or Private ground school experience may be substituted from the Major Course Requirements area after review or by any course work from any elective track within the Aerospace/Aviation Technology Degree.

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes

1 – Substantive Knowledge

  • Students will acquire substantial knowledge of Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor, and Fundamentals of Instructing aeronautical knowledge areas contained in FAA Part 141 curriculum.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency skills in Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor, and Fundamentals of Instructing flight operations areas contained in FAA Part 141 curriculum.

2 – Communicate Effectively

  • Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills

3 – Develop Quantitative Literacy

  • Students will demonstrate quantitative literacy skills.

4 – Think Critically

  • Students will show how to think critically.
Department Contact Info

Aviation and Related Technologies Division

Westpoint Center
Salt Lake City, UT

General Information
801-957-4073

Program Information
801-957-2140

Aviation Technology Department

Professional Pilot Program

Academic Advisor
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Construction Trades Building (CT) 282
801-957-4550

Program Faculty

Associate Professors
Fiona Silcox

Instructors
Erwin Zundel
Daniel Sutliff