Aviation Management

Aviation Management degree at Purdue Polytechnic Institute

At any given time there are thousands of airplanes crisscrossing the globe. Operations on the ground -- airports, airline companies, air traffic controllers, and more -- help ensure passenger safety, efficient logistics and healthy business practices. For these roles, the industry requires knowledgeable individuals with excellent critical thinking skills. With an aviation management degree, you will gain the knowledge and skills to be an important part of the complex airline industry.

Special features

Ken Harness Alumni Profile
My aviation technology degree provided an excellent springboard for my career in the aviation industry. The program not only provided a deep analytical understanding of how aircraft are designed and built, but also combined this with critically im portant hands-on experience.
Ken Harness
Aviation Management '89

Placement Data

Number of Graduates Percent of Grads Reported Placement Rate Average Salary
23 87% 95% $35,465

Potential Job Titles

  • Air traffic controller
  • Airline dispatcher
  • Airport operations director
  • Revenue management analyst
  • Supply chain analyst
  • Risk management in aviation systems
  • Airline operations and management
  • Human factors in maintenance facility design
  • Airline operations, high performance flight planning
  • Air traffic control technologies and procedures
  • Air traffic management and controller training systems

Student Flight INstruction Laboratory & Ground INstrument Trainer Fees

    Course Number - Title Aircraft Effective Fall 2012

  • AT 14500 - Private Pilot Flight Cirrus $10,169
  • AT 24300 - Commercial Flight I  Cirrus  $10,169
  • AT 24800 - Commercial Flight I Cirrus $10,169
  • AT 25300 - Instrument Flight Various $8,396
  • AT 35300 - Multi-Engine Flight Seminole $2,887
  • AT 39600 - Turbine Aircraft Flight Phenom $6,443


Simulator (Flight Training Devices) Fees

    Course Number - Title Effective Fall 2011

  • AT 21000 - Ground Trainer I  $2,256
  • AT 21100 - Ground Trainer II $2,256
  • AT 39500 - Light Jet Simulator (Phenom) $1,804
  • AT 48600 - Regional Jet Simulator  $2,707

Aviation is not a stationary, localized discipline; it is far-reaching and global. Part of the educational experience for aviation students includes a globalization requirement, which can be met one of three ways:

  • participate in a study abroad program for an entire semester
  • take an approved course overseas
  • participate in a faculty-led study trips for credit.

These globalization experiences are designed to provide students with an international experience and perspective as they prepare for careers in a global industry.

The globalization requirement may also be met by proving foreign language competence or by submitting proof of at least 15 days of international travel or residence since his or her 12th birthday.

The list of study abroad programs, internship and service learning options is updated annually.

In the past, AM students have taken advantage of internships in Sydney and London, experiences in Germany and Ireland, and aviation tours of Europe.