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Make Your Dreams Take Flight

If you have ever felt the desire to man the controls in a cockpit, safely direct air traffic or work on the complex systems that make flight possible, an education at Broward College can take you there.
 

You can fulfill your dreams at the Aviation Institute with our:

 
  • State-of-the-art training grounds
  • Partnership with National Aviation Academy
  • Unique link to North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines
  • Certified programs from the Federal Aviation (FAA) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
 
The Aviation Institute at Broward College has eight tracks from which to choose. Browse our programs of study for an idea of the requirements, courses and training you can receive at BC.
 
 
 
Certificate Programs
Airport Management
 
 
 Complete Aviation Programs degrees
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Classroom Experience
​​aviation1.jpgAviation Operations & Airport Operations Management
Airport operations management and aviation operations are two degrees designed to teach you about a wide variety of staff, operational, management or administrative positions in the field of aviation. Aviation Operations offers a broad background in the aviation industry, while Airport Operations focuses mainly on the daily administrative tasks involved in running an airport.
You can practice real world experience and the day-to-day activities in the field, while learning the certification requirements of international airports. There are two intensive internships available to prepare you with real world experience:
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
aviation1.jpgAir Traffic Control
One of the newest programs at Broward College, the Air Traffic Control A.S. was developed by industry air traffic operators and teaches you basic air traffic control. The program follows FAA standards for knowledge and skills to ensure your success as in airport towers across the country. Upon completion of BC's program and successfully passing the Air Traffic Selection and Training Aptitude Test (AT-SAT), you may qualify for the FAA Academy. Professional Pilot Technology
aviation1.jpgOur pilot program offers a comprehensive education if you want to become a pilot for commercial airlines. All flight certificates required to put you in the pilot's seat are included in the curriculum. You will be trained by FAA certified flight instructors on state-of-the-art flight simulators.
 
Our training programs are conducted in partnership with National Aviation Academy and will lead to the following FAA flight certificates:
  • Private Pilot
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Multi- Engine Rating
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII)
The complete program is also available online for maximum flexibility.
 
aviation1.jpgAviation Maintenance Management
The Aviation Maintenance Technology program gives you the confidence to become a highly qualified technician in the competitive marketplace of aviation maintenance. As a graduate from BC's Airframe, Powerplant and Avionics certificate programs, you will be qualified for any entry-level position. By the time you're done, you will have a thorough working knowledge of all basic structural design and system functions of aircrafts.
 
Avionics Vocational Certificate
Our certificate program in Avionics will teach you to repair and maintain components and systems used for aircraft navigation such as:
  • Radio communications
  • Weather radar systems
  • Computers that control flight, engine and other primary functions
See 2011 Gainful Employment Disclosure for program graduates
 
Aircraft Airframe Mechanics Certificate
The Airframe Maintenance Mechanics certificate program leads to the Federal Aviation Administration airframe certificate. The course of study complies with FAR Part 147 and the program is FAA certified. Completion of the program is contingent upon students passing the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) in math and reading. The TABE must be taken within six weeks of enrollment into the general portion of the program.

Completion of the certificate programs may convert into college credit (30 credits per license) toward an Associate in Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Management.

This program is offered in 400-hour blocks and requires special permission before registration.
 
 
 
Aircraft Powerplant Mechanics Certificate
The Powerplant Maintenance Mechanics certificate program leads to the Federal Aviation Administration powerplant certificate. The course of study complies with FAR Part 147 and the program is FAA certified. Completion of the program is contingent upon students passing the Test of Adult Basic Education in Math and Reading. The TABE must be taken within six weeks of enrollment into the General portion of the program.

Completion of the certificate programs may convert into college credit (30 credits per license) toward an Associate in Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Management.

This program is offered in 400-hour blocks and requires special permission before registration.

5273.pdfSee 2011 Gainful Employment Disclosure for program graduates
Career Path
Broward College has an excellent reputation for educating highly qualified aviation specialists. Most of our graduates have found work in the field of aviation soon after graduating and passing their certifications and license exams. Broward employers include:
  • Banyan Air Service (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Complete Turbine Service (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Ultimate Aircraft Composites (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Hamilton Sundstrand Worldwide Repair (Miramar)
 
 
 
Is This Program Right for Me?
aviation5.jpgOne of the best aspects for those interested in a career in aviation is the field's flexibility. There's a niche for everyone.
 
There are specific requirements for certain programs like Air Traffic Control and the Professional Pilot program.
 
The requirements for Air Traffic Controllers are:
The requirements for Avionics applications are:
  • Previous electronics training OR
  • Previous documented avionics industry work experience OR
  • Completion of Airframe and Powerplant training or FAA licenses
  • Must have Program Manager approval
The Professional Pilot program also has certain requirements for admission, such as:
  • Medical. Bring a minimum of third class medical examination certificate. It is recommended, however, that flight students receive at least a second class medical, as this is the minimum level needed to fly for hire. The first class is the level required to fly for the airlines. Go to the FAA website to find a doctor near you.
  • TSA. Non US citizens are required to fill out an application with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) prior to flight training. Students will not be allowed to fly until clearance is provided. MAY TAKE UP TO 4 WEEKS FOR CLEARANCE.
  • Flight Account. Open a flight account at BC cashiers office with a minimum $3500 initial deposit.
    FlightCostEstimatesAugust272012.pdfEstimate non-tuition costs for flight courses.
  • Loan. If requesting a student loan, student must complete an Aviation Enrollment Plan. Please
    ENROLLMENT_PLAN_EFFECTIVE20083.pdfAviation Enrollment Plan Form
Aircraft Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) students along with Aviation Maintenance students should be:
  • Repair-minded
  • Detail-oriented
  • Willing to learn complex technical systems
  • Comfortable working in the heat and humidity
Aviation Operations students should exhibit the following qualities before applying:
  • Detail-oriented 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to work efficiently yet accurately
  • Level-headed and calm under pressure
Accreditation & Certification
Broward College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate’s degrees in Aviation.
 
The Aircraft Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics Certificates are both certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Avionics Certificate is certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
 
The Professional Pilot Technology program through the National Aviation Academy is accredited Council for Occupational Education (COE)
 
 
The Air Traffic Control program is a partner in the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI).​
Faculty & Staff
aviation7.jpgFaculty members and staff in our Aviation programs include graduates from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Saint Mary's College in California and Florida Atlantic University, in addition to Broward College. Three faculty members have served our country in the military as Air Force personnel. Adjunct and full-time faculty are certified technicians and licensed pilots with years of experience. They have worked for such commercial airlines as United Airlines, Eastern Airlines, Discovery Airways, British Airways and Midway Airlines. Many faculty and staff members are also award winners in the field of aviation. View Aviation faculty and staff.
Courses
All of our associate’s degree programs require a two-year commitment. Completion times vary, depending on whether you enroll as a full-time student or a part-time student and which program you choose to follow.  The blended Avionics certificate requires 720 clock hours.   The Airframe and Powerplant certificates require 1,200 clock hours each.

View available Aviation Maintenance courses.

View available Aviation Technology courses.
Articulation (Transferring Credits for a Bachelor's Degree)
aviation6.jpgEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and Broward College/Aviation Institute (BC/AI) have agreed to provide educational opportunities for students at BC/AI who wish to transfer to ERAU.
An Articulation Agreement is a cooperative agreement that facilitates the transfer of students from other institutions to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Courses from the other institution are carefully reviewed and evaluated to ensure that their content and course objectives are the equivalent of those at the University.
 
This Articulation Agreement between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and Broward College (BC) is designed to facilitate the transfer of students from BC/AI to ERAU.
 
The primary benefit of an Articulation Agreement is that a student is assured that the courses completed at Broward College will transfer to the University and will satisfy specified degree requirements. An important feature of the program is that the student becomes subject to the requirements of the curriculum specified in the catalog at the time of enrollment.
 
See a complete list of degrees available, associate degree requirements, bachelor's degree requirements and career outlook.
 
You can also visit ERAU website.
For assistance contact the Broward College/Aviation Institute representative, your local Embry-Riddle representative, or Embry-Riddle Articulation Contact:
 
Point of Contact​ Name Telephone E-Mail
​ERAU Fort Lauderdale ​Carla Pinto ​954-497-3774 pintode9@erau.edu
​BC Contact ​Evelyn Ruiz ​954-201-8087 eruiz@broward.edu
​ERAU Articulation Contact ​Dr. Dougless Mikutel ​387-947-5207 dougless.mikutel@erau.edu
Student Aviation Organizations
Alpha Eta RhoEta Pi Chapter  aer-logo.gifAlpha Eta Rho is a collegiate fraternity founded to bring together students who have a common interest in the field of commercial aviation. The BC Eta Pi Chapter is open to all college students, faculty and staff interested in aviation, as well as students enrolled in the college aviation program.  The Eta Pi Chapter meets monthly and plans events each fall and winter semesters, including:
  • Fundraising
  • Civic service
  • Aviation industry tours
  • Team building activities
  • Flight team competitions
  • Mentor/Mentee programs

Purpose of Organization

  • To further the cause of aviation in all its branches,
  • To instill in the public mind a confidence in aviation,
  • To promote contacts between the students of aviation and those engaged in the profession, and
  • To promote a close affiliation between the students of aviation for the purpose of education and research.
History
Alpha Eta Rho, the international Aviation Fraternity, was formed at the University of Southern California in 1929. The fraternity serves as a contact between the aviation industry and educational institutions. The Greek letters AHP stand for AIR, and came into being to fulfill a definite need of the time. Enrollment in aviation at this time was rather large, and faculty members as well as students were voicing the need for extracurricular activity while promoting and organizing an interest in aviation. Earl W. Hill, who was teaching aviation at S.C. with other faculty members, organized on April 10, 1929. There are approximately seventy chapters of Alpha Eta Rho at colleges and universities in the United States. BC’s chapter, Eta Pi, was established in 1980.
 

Membership
This organization will not base judgment of membership upon race, creed, color, sexual orientation, religion or political thought.
All membership will be based on the following criteria:
  • A student in good standing (at least a 2.0 GPA).
  • A student currently enrolled in BC.
  • Payment of an initiation fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) is to be paid by each member of this organization before induction. A fee shall be remitted by the Courier to the National Executive Board, as prescribed in the National Constitution.
  • Payment of continuing dues of this organization shall be twenty five dollars ($25.00) per year.
For further information, contact Mark Bergau at mbergau@broward.edu
 

 

 

 

 
Student Air Traffic Control Association (SATCA)

The Student Air Traffic Control Association is a student organization providing community interaction, education and networking for the future air traffic controllers and other aviation careers. SATCA strives to enrich students' future endeavors with educational opportunities and academic study material. Members of SATCA enjoy the privilege of touring aviation and air traffic control facilities. These facilities help students experience the work environment first hand. The group invites many guest speakers from a wide variety of aviation related organizations and companies to inform and interact with our members. The intention is to provide members with the latest news in the aviation industry and develop a social network between students and industry professionals. SATCA plans study meetings for ATC students to maximize success for exams such as the Air Traffic Selection and Training Aptitude Test (AT-SAT) and Certified Tower Operator (CTO). The success of the AT-SAT and CTO exams are essential in furthering an air traffic control career and enables students the opportunity for entry into the FAA Academy located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. SATCA holds many social and fundraising events including dinners at Chili's Grill and picnics at Tigertail Lake Recreational Center.
 
Students are encouraged to invite their families and friends to socialize and interact in a fun relaxing environment. SATCA is an open forum for students to provide feedback, express concerns, and address issues concerning career opportunities, quality of instruction, material provided, or any aspect regarding the Air Traffic Control – Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program at BC. Aviation students at BC are the future in the aviation industry. On behalf of all the members of SATCA, we invite you to join us as we enhance our education on the path for success. Meetings will be advertised on the bulletin board outside the Emil Buehler Air Traffic Control Simulation Laboratory at the Broward College Miramar Town Center Campus. Get started and visit the next meeting, they are typically held throughout the academic year.

Purpose of Organization
  • To further the cause of aviation in all its branches,
  • To instill in the public mind a confidence in aviation,
  • To promote contacts between the students of ATC-CTI and FAA Certified Professional Controllers (CPC), and
  • To promote a close affiliation between the students of aviation for the purpose of education and research.
 
Membership
This organization will not base judgment of membership upon race, creed, color, sexual orientation, or political thought.
All membership will be based on the following criteria:
  1. A student in good standing (at least a 2.0 GPA).
  2. A student currently enrolled in BC, a local college, university, or the ATC-CTI program.
  3. There are no enrollment fees or continuing dues for this organization at this time
For further information, contact Sheila English at senglish@broward.edu or 954-201-8672.
Alumni
We encourage all graduates of the Aviation Institute to maintain a connection to Broward College through the Alumni & Friends Association. You can also contact the Program Manager if you want to mentor current BC students.

Broward College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. Inquiries regarding
the non-discrimination policies and Title IX may be directed to: Equity Coordinator Dr. Denese Edsall, Executive Director, Human Resources, 6400 NW 6th Way, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33309,
(954) 201-7502, dedsall@broward.edu