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.
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.
Accelerated Time to Degree
Students are ready to enter into a career in one year after completing the Aviation program at Gallatin College.
Most students work full-time and class schedules usually accommodate students with responsibilities outside of school.
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.