Managing an airport takes more than loading passengers and maintaining runways. It includes security, customer service, knowledge of federal regulations, baggage handling, staffing and more.
When you major in airport management and operations at Purdue University you will gain the expertise necessary to navigate the many aspects of operating an airport. You will gain a broad exposure as an airport manager and analyst with a strong focus on airport operations. Your courses will provide insights into how over 40,000 of the world’s airports and airfields make daily and projected business decisions. Some of your first-year courses include: aviation business, basic aircraft science and aerospace vehicle propulsion and tracking systems.
- Study at an aviation school with the country’s first university-owned airport with the state’s second busiest air traffic control tower. The Purdue University Airport gives Purdue students an opportunity for real-time immersion into an airport setting.
- Take advantage of firsthand knowledge from professors who have worked in all aspects of the industry to get full scope of aviation business and operations.
- Explore other aspects of the aviation industry as your learn alongside students with majors in professional flight, airline management and operations, unmanned aerial systems and more.
- Engage with industry on a regular basis and be considered for their internships and other placement opportunities. Beyond Purdue University and Polytechnic career fairs, airport management and operations majors can take advantage of an annual career fair planned for all students in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology.
- Learn around a top-of-the-line fleet, which includes nearly 30 airplanes and several training simulators.
- Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate