B.S. in Aeronautical Management Technology (Air Traffic Management)
Our undergraduate air traffic management program offers students exceptional training and state-of-the-art facilities in the field of aviation. Students learn air traffic control procedures and operations in tower, Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities and en route environments. Students learn the skills needed to be controllers with the Federal Aviation Administration, among other career possibilities.
The BS in Aeronautical Management Technology (Air Traffic Management) provides a technical foundation in air traffic control procedures and operations for students interested in becoming air traffic controllers who ensure safe, orderly and expeditious flow of aircraft traffic on the ground and in the air. Students gain a strong background in aircraft operations, management skills and business principles through course work specific to air traffic control and aviation. As a part of the degree program students are required to take courses that will qualify them to earn their Airline Dispatcher Certificate. For complete program information, required classes and other details, see the major map.
Additional Program Fee: Yes
The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2015 Controller workforce Plan has projected that the FAA plans to hire more than 6,300 new controllers over the next five years to keep pace with the expected attrition rate and traffic growth. The total number of planned hires for the period of 2015-2024 is 10, 241 new controllers. Increases in the volume of air traffic will require more controllers to handle the additional work. New computerized systems will assist controllers by automatically making many of the routine decisions. This will allow controllers to handle the traffic, thus increasing their productivity.
To prepare for this challenge, students receive training in the methodologies and technologies that are currently being developed for the next generation air traffic control systems. Despite the obvious demand for new controllers in the immediate future, competition to get into the FAA-approved training programs is expected to remain intense, as there generally are many more applicants than there are openings. Graduates who have met all of the FAA requirements will be eligible for consideration for employment.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to the following:
Air Traffic Controllers • Growth Rate*: 13.05% • Median Salary*: $ 122,340
Airfield Operations Specialists • Growth Rate*: 13.02% • Median Salary*: $ 49,180
Airline Dispatchers • Growth Rate*: • Median Salary*: $
Learn more about career outlook, example careers and average salaries.
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).