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Earn the credentials required to pursue a career as a professional pilot by undergoing in-depth training in all stages of pilot certification: Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, and Multi-engine Commercial Pilot. 

A.A.S. in Aviation

Students completing the AAS in Aviation at Gallatin College MSU will have all credentials required to pursue a career as a professional pilot. The program offers in-depth training in all stages of pilot certification: Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, and Commercial Pilot (including multi-engine). The program also offers classroom training in Aircraft Systems, Advanced Navigation Systems, Aviation Safety, Flight Instructor/Aircraft Theory, and Aviation Regulations and Professional Conduct.

The Aviation program is part of Gallatin College MSU, southwest Montana’s two-year college.



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High Demand for Graduates
There is a high demand for graduates in drafting & CAD technology as the technology is employed by more business sectors, such as construction or manufacturing.

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Accelerated Time to Degree
Students are ready to enter into a career in one year after completing the Aviation program at Gallatin College.

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Flexible Schedule
Most students work full-time and class schedules usually accommodate students with responsibilities outside of school.




Job Skills

Graduates of the Aviation program at Gallatin College MSU are prepared to: 

  • Apply knowledge in aviation to adapt to emerging aviation trends.
  • Conduct themselves professionally and ethically.
  • Understand and analyze the role of aviation safety and human factors to the aviation industry.
  • Describe meteorology as it relates to aviation.
  • Independently fly and safely operate airplanes for which they are rated.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and the appropriate application of aeronautical principles, design characteristics, and operational limitations, for a variety of aircraft as it relates to the student's career goals.
  • Communicate effectively using both written and verbal skills.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in math computation for aviation and modern society.
  • Demonstrate effective skills in the use of computers and aviation related technology.


Job opportunities for graduates of the Aviation program range from occupations as a pilot for a national or regional carrier to less well-known, but in-demand, work in the following settings:

  • Pilot for cargo services
  • Pilot for air taxis
  • Pilot for media aircraft
  • Corporate jet pilot
  • Certified flight instructor

In Montana, employment for pilots is projected to grow faster than most occupations through 2018. An AAS in Aviation with a bachelor’s degree in a related field will make you especially competitive in the entry-level job market.