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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.


The American Airlines Aviation Career Day has been scheduled for April 27, 2019. We are happy to have American Airlines flying students to our campus. This event is designed for high school students in the Chicago area who are interested in aviation. The event begins at 6 a.m. with check-in at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago for a flight to Southern Illinois Airport at Carbondale-Murphysboro, Illinois. The selected students will be flown to Carbondale to tour SIU's aviation facilities, the main SIU campus, the SIU Student Center, and Recreation Center. Students will be flown back to Chicago by around 5:30 p.m. the same day.

Registration is now closed. Those selected will be receiving an email with further information.

SIU Aviation Spring Career Fair

The 2019 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Aviation Career Fair is hosted by the Rotor and Wing Club and the Alpha Eta Rho Fraternity with an aim to invite vendors of the aviation industry to recruit highly skilled and trained Aviation Technology and Flight students. On behalf of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the Rotor and Wing Ambassadors, and the Alpha Eta Rho Fraternity we invite you to the April 12th, 2019 Spring Career Fair.

SIU Spring Career fair

SIU Receives Gulfstream G3

Read the press release here.