Mar 27, 2023  
Course/Program Inventory 
Course/Program Inventory

Aviation Operations Technology

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Proposed Academic Program Inventory Title: 

A.A.S. Degree in Aviation Operations Technology

CIP Code:   49.0101

  • Aviation Administration - 49.0104
  • Flight Dispatcher - 49.0199
  • Professional Pilot - 49.0102

SOC Code:   53-2000

  • Aviation Administration - 53-2011
  • Flight Dispatcher - 53-2022
  • Professional Pilot - 53-2022

Program Description:   The Aviation Operations Technology program will focus on preparing students to enter the workforce as professional commercial pilots, flight dispatchers, and aviation administrators.  The course work will utilize and integrate existing general education courses at Southwest with existing professional pilot flight and ground training courses, equipment and space at Air Venture Flight Academy in Olive Branch, Mississippi. This minimizes the need to increase faculty and expand facilities while offering another new, exciting cost-effective dimension to Southwest and the Mid-South academic community.  Professional courses include aviation weather, aviation safety, regulations and legal issues, instrument flight, commercial flight I and II, instrument pilot simulator, commercial pilot simulator I and II, private pilot ground school, instrument rating ground school, commercial pilot ground school, certified flight instructor ground school, environment of air traffic controller, aircraft engines, structures and systems, advanced aircraft  operations, flight dispatcher, international flight  planning and ETOPS, aviation management, airport management, unmanned aerial vehicles and systems, aviation and airport security, air cargo operations, flight operations management, and Aviation Operations Internship.

Program Outcomes: To graduate aviation professionals who can immediately be employed into commercial aviation positions:

  • having satisfactorily completed the FAA Instrument and Commercial Pilot Ratings, and/or
  • having satisfactorily completed the FAA Flight Dispatcher written examination, and/or
  • having satisfactorily completed the AOTP internship within the professional aviation community, and
  • having satisfactorily completed the specific and general academic requirements of the concentration

CIP Code:    49.0101

  • Aviation Administration - 49.0104
  • Flight Dispatcher - 49.0199
  • Professional Pilot - 49.0102

SOC Code:   53-2000

  • Aviation Administration - 53-2011
  • Flight Dispatcher - 53-2022
  • Professional Pilot - 53-2022

Professional Accrediting Body: Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)

State Agency/Entity Oversight: Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR)

Applicable Certification/License or Industry-recognized Certificates to Be Awarded: if applicable

Articulation with Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT):  Currently, there are no courses within TCAT that articulate with the aviation operations technology program.


General Education Requirements*

Course Rubric/Course Title       15 SCH (minimum)
ENGL 1010 - English Composition I   3
MATH 1710 - Pre-calculus Algebra   3
COMM 2025 - Fundamentals of Communication   3
PSYC 1030 - General Psychology   3
PHL 1040 - Phlebotomy Procedures   3

Note: For the A.A.S. Degree, faculty should establish a process to ensure that students are advised appropriately on specific program requirements for general education courses. To satisfy the 15-hour minimum, all students must take:

  • English Composition I, ENGL 1010, from the category of Communication (3 hours)
  • one course from the category of Humanities and/or Fine Arts (3 hours)
  • one course from the category of Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)
  • one course from either Natural Sciences or Mathematics (3-4 hours)
  • one additional course from Communication, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, or Mathematics (3-4 hours).

Total:                                                                                                                                           15

*All General Education Courses must be chosen from a campus-approved list.


Professional Core Course Requirements (Major Field Core)

Course Title/Rubric  15 SCH (minimum)
AOTP 1010 - Aviation Weather   3
AOTP 1030 - Environment of the Air Traffic Controller   3
AOTP 1050 - Aviation Safety   3
AOTP 2030 - Aviation Regulations and Legal Issues   3
AOTP 2900 - Aviation Operations Internship   3

Common Courses to Complete the Degree and/or Technical Certificates

Concentration Courses

Guided Electives

INFS 1010 - Computer Applications   

And, one (1) of the following for …                                                                          

HIST 2060-African American History 


SOCI 1010 - Introduction to Sociology**                         


SOCI 1040 - Social Problems**                                                            

Total:                                                                                      6

Note: The remaining hours needed to complete the concentrations in Aviation Administration and Professional Pilot will come from other existing AOTP courses. See the full list of AOTP courses listed below.

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