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Whether it’s general aviation or commercial transport aircraft, the aviation industry requires highly trained technicians to manage hardware, troubleshoot systems, repair airframe structures, and maintain powerplant (engine) systems. SIUC Aviation Technologies is ranked among the best in the nation. Our courses were developed following  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines, as well as with input from industry representatives and alumni; our program provides the essential skills and broad educational experience necessary to thrive in today's competitive environment.

Optional paths within the major provide a great deal of flexibility in preparing for a career in the aviation industry. Students may pursue the FAA airframe and powerplant (A&P) certificate in a five semester sequence of coursework, or they may complete the A&P along with additional coursework as part of a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technologies. 

The bachelor's degree in Aviation Technologies is designed to enhance technical training students have received in aviation maintenance or electronics. This technical training may be acquired through SIUC, at other post-secondary institutions, in the military, or in the case of aviation maintenance, at other FAA approved maintenance schools certified under F.A.R. Part 147.

First Annual Aviation Diversity Luncheon

Aviation Student Diversity Leadership Council is hosting the first annual Aviation Diversity Luncheon in the TEC Multipurpose Room on February 21 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

The luncheon will consist of panelists and speakers from our industry: from United Airlines, American Airlines, AeroStar Avion Institute, & more. The speakers will share a bit about their professional journey. Then, students and faculty will have a chance to ask them questions in a Q&A session. Afterwards, students will have a chance to meet them, as well as other professionals in attendance.

We are very excited about this event. Our aviation student body is incredibly diverse with students from all around the world who participate in many diverse organizations. We are hoping that this event will help spread awareness of how our industry promotes diversity, and highlight how we can continue to be more inclusive. We know it is important for ourselves and our peers to be educated on our evolving industry before we become leaders of it. 

Please RSVP before February 10 by clicking here.

The Aviation Student Diversity Leadership Council is made up of leaders from NGPA, AWAM, OBAP, and WIA.

Aviation Diversity Luncheon

SIU Aviation Technologies, Chinese university embark on collaborative degree program

A collaborative degree program between Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Aviation Technologies program and Shenyang Aerospace University in China is expected to bring 60 additional international students to campus beginning in 2021. 

Chancellor John M. Dunn led an SIU delegation as the university and Shenyang Aerospace University (SAU) finalized the agreement. The pact includes a faculty exchange component that will begin next May. The university is in Shenyang, China, in northeast China.


SIU Receives Gulfstream G3

Read the press release here.