Feb 01, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Aerospace Aviation Technology: AS (CTE)

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Effective Summer Semester 2017, this program is not accepting new students. Students currently declared in this program can complete through the established teach-out plan through Spring Semester 2019.  See http://www.slcc.edu/aviationtechnology/index.aspx for further information.


Associate of Science | 67 credits minimum

Aviation and Related Technologies Division
Westpoint Center
Salt Lake City, UT
General Information (801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-2140
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor Taylorsville Redwood Campus CT 249, (801) 957-4550

Program Faculty
Professors - Fiona Silcox
Assistant Professor - Erwin Zundel, Brett Terpstra

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 FAR’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, Rotor- Wing, and Aviation Dispatch).

Career Opportunities
Career opportunities within the aerospace and aviation industry for pilots, aviation 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, trafficwatch), 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. See also www.slcc.edu/professionalpilot.

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. Dispatch applicants must be 23 for ADX practical exam. 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 at www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator. 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. For information on getting started, please visit www.slcc.edu/students-future/admissions

Total Program/Course Fees
In addition to tuition and fees, students will pay a special fee for pilot flight labs. For program flight fees and associated hours of training please visit the program website at http://www.slcc.edu/professionalpilot/ or see catalog. Contact program faculty for more information on flight lab fees. FAA Practical and written exams can cost approximately $650.00 per certification. For the Aviation Dispatch Certification written and practical exams can cost approximately $500.00.

For a detailed list of course fees, click here.

Estimated Cost for Students
The cost of tuition per semester may be found at www.slcc.edu/students-future/tuition-fees. 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 and FAA-approved Part 65 dispatch program.

Program Objectives
The FAA-approved Part 141 ground and flight program prepares students to earn the following graduation certificates: Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Commercial Certificate, Certified Flight Instructor, and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, and Multi-Engine Instructor (fixed-wing) in Fixed Wing or Rotor Wing aircraft. (The FAA approved Part 65 Dispatch Program prepares students to earn a Dispatch Certification.) The student must demonstrate through knowledge tests, practical tests, and/or show through appropriate records that he/she meets the knowledge, skill, and experience requirement necessary for the associated pilot or dispatch certificate. All program courses require a grade of a C or higher to be considered a passing grade. Students enrolled in the Dispatch option must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 to be recommended to take the FAA practical exam.  The FAA practical exam, when required for issuance of an FAA pilot certificate, will be required before being registered into the next flight lab. 

An incomplete is a conditional grade given only in extraordinary cases where a student has completed a major portion of the class, but is unable to complete course work due to circumstances beyond their control such as major illness/injury, death in the family, and military activation. Other conditions for Incompletes may be issued for flight training labs related to weather delays, aircraft maintenance, and unavailable instructors.  All missed flights must be documented and approved by the faculty member overseeing the flight labs.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

1. 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.

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2. Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills 2
3. Students will demonstrate quantitative literacy skills. 3
4. Students will show how to think critically. 4

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose one Course (3-4 Credits) from the Following:

American Institutions (AI) Choose one course from one of the Following

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).

Life Sciences (LS)   3-4 cr
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4 cr
Humanities (HU)   3 cr
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3 cr
Social Science (SS)   3 cr
Physical Science (PS)   3 cr


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.

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. VA requires Veterans and dependents, receiving VA educational benefits, to submit all official transcripts to the Transfer Evaluation Office for review by the end of the 2nd semester enrolled.

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