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The School of Aerospace and Aviation offers several degree and certificate programs that provide the skills needed for a successful career in the aviation industry. Courses are designed for those interested in aviation and who want to become professional pilots or perform repairs on all types and sizes of private and commercial aircraft. Graduates earn industry credentials, such as private, commercial, instrument, and multi-engine pilot ratings, FAA airframe and powerplant certificates, and avionics certificates.

Employment opportunities may include positions with major or regional airlines, flight instruction facilities, aircraft and rotocraft repair and maintenance facilities, corporate jet refurbishing repair stations, and aircraft/component manufacturing.

Why Choose the Aviation Maintenance Technician Program?

Airliners, business jets, helicopters, general aviation aircraft and more … there are so many different fascinating varieties of aircraft! The Pacific Northwest boasts a tremendous heritage of aviation, and that continues to grow today. There is a great – and growing – need for qualified aviation maintenance technicians. Employers look for basic skills in aircraft structures, systems, troubleshooting, regulations, teamwork and personal accountability. These are the foundation of our AMT curriculum, taught by award-winning instructors at our state-of-the-art South Hill Campus. Our AMT students average among the highest pass rates in the nation for FAA certification. If you’re fascinated by the mechanics of aviation, this program and career path might be the perfect fit for you.

Our Aviation Maintenance Technician Program can prepare you for a rewarding career in the aircraft maintenance industry. You’ll learn how to perform repairs on all types and sizes of private and commercial aircraft.


Aviation Maintenance Technician Degree: 8 quarters

Airframe Maintenance Technician Certificate: 5 quarters

Powerplant Technician Certificate: 5 quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Why Choose the Avionics Technician Program?

In our Avionics Technician Program, you will learn the operation and maintenance of the electrical systems on an aircraft. This includes the communication, radar, and avionics systems. The Pacific Northwest boasts a tremendous heritage of aviation, and that continues to grow today. There is a great – and growing – need for qualified avionics technicians. This program is taught by award-winning instructors at our state-of-the-art South Hill Campus.

Our Avionics Technician Program can prepare you for a rewarding career in the aviation industry. You’ll learn how to perform repairs on all types of electronic aviation systems.


Avionics Technician Certificate: 1 quarter

Aircraft Electronics and Electronic Instrument Systems Certificate: 1 quarter

Aircraft Wiring & Avionics Systems Certificate: 1 quarter

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Why Choose the Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management Program?

Operations management means working for success in business. Our approach to operations is very human-centered, which allows us to preserve our values and dignity in a business world that frequently is indifferent to either. We help industry tackle real problems; this makes our students’ experience relevant to employers. We coordinate the complementary skills of students, experienced professional faculty and industry collaborators to create value for industry and an unmatched learning opportunity for students. Our course structure allows students to bring their real-world work experience into the program so they can find solutions to actual challenges and opportunities they encounter at work. These applications allow students to carry their gained knowledge into the workplace from their first day in the program and show employers the competency, persistence and flexibility they’re looking for. If you’re looking to take your career to the management level through applicable training, this is the program for you.

Why Choose the Professional Pilot Program?

Tremendous opportunities await those who wish to become professional pilots. Pilots have never been in more demand than they are now, and the aviation industry continues to grow. Our Professional Pilot program meets at our state-of-the-art South Hill Campus, conveniently located next door to Pierce County Airport. Students and faculty fly CPTC’s college-owned aircraft on local – and occasionally – cross-country flights while having the opportunity to attain all the certifications and flight hours needed for a career as a commercial pilot. The program offers an associate degree and numerous certificate options to meet the needs of each student and their flight goals, whether simply wanting to earn private pilot certification for fun or wanting to pursue a career as a flight instructor or commercial pilot. If you dream of taking to the skies and flying to far off places, the Professional Pilot program and career path may be the perfect fit for you.

All those who are interested in the Professional Pilot Program must attend mandatory Program Information Session. Instructor permission is required for registration in the program.


The length for degrees and certificates in the pilot program varies, depending on how long the student needs to fulfill the requirements.

Professional Pilot AAT and AAS-T Degree: 8 quarters

Commercial Pilot Certificate: 4 quarters

Flight Instructor Certificate: 1 quarter

Instrument Pilot Certificate: 2 quarters

Private Pilot Certificate: 2 quarters

Airline Multi-Engine Crew Resource Management 1 (CRM 1) Certificate: 1 quarter

Airline Multi-Engine Crew Resource Management 2 (CRM 2) Certificate: 1 quarter 

Multi-Engine Instructor Training (MEI): 1 quarter

Multi-Engine Training: 1 quarter 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

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