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 systems. SIUC Aviation Technologies is ranked among the best in the nation. Our courses were developed following Federal Aviation Administration 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 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.

Cutting Edge Aviation Flight Program

The Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) in Aviation Flight (AF) prepares students for careers as professional pilots. Students in the AF degree begin their flight training in their first semester and may begin working as Certified Flight Instructors (CFI) in the program by their senior year. Approximately 80% of students in the Associate of Applied Science degree program complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management as a 2 + 2 arrangement - getting both the AAS and the BS degrees in a four year period.

Rotor and Wing Ambassadors

The Rotor and Wing Ambassadors is a student organization open to any SIU student with a strong enthusiasm for aviation. Dedicated to bringing aviation to the community, the main objective is always to increase the interest in aviation within the community. Previously the Rotor and Wing Association of America, the organization has a long outstanding history of hosting air shows, open houses, and much more. 

Alpha Eta Rho Fraternity

Alpha Eta Rho (AHP) is a coed international professional college aviation fraternity that serves as a contact between the aviation industry and educational institutions.

Membership in Alpha Eta Rho is open to all collegiate men and women who have a strong interest in, or who are currently seeking careers in any field within the aviation and aerospace industries. The fraternal bond cultivated by Alpha Eta Rho fosters a professional and social atmosphere that not only enhances the collegiate aviation experience but also builds friendships and networking that will last a lifetime.

Sigma Chapter of Alpha Eta Rho was founded at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on October 10th, 1963, and was the first aviation RSO at SIUC. Today they are one of the leading chapters of AHP, and regularly take tours of aviation facilities around the country, volunteer to help the local community, and engage and create connections with the leaders and executives in the aviation profession.

Benefits of Membership:

  • Scholarship Program

  • Networking Opportunities

  • Fun Events throughout the year

  • Access to Mentors

  • And much more!