Aviation Technology

Aviation Technology LogoProgram Description:

The Aviation Technology program offers both one and two year pathways into the aviation industry. These courses combine a broad foundation in aviation science with hours of hands-on flight simulation and with practical experience in unmanned aerial vehicles, electronics, and aerospace design and construction processes. It is intended to be an entry into a multitude of careers in the aviation and aerospace industries, including Airline Pilot, Aerospace Engineer, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator, Air Traffic Controller, Aviation Maintenance Technician, and Aircraft Assembler. Students will have the opportunity to earn their private pilot ground school certificate, in addition to other technical certifications.

Course Curriculum Includes:

Year 1

  • Safety and Security
  • FAA Approved Private Pilot Ground School
  • Aviation History
  • Basic Aerodynamics
  • Aviation Weather
  • Basic Flight Dynamics
  • Basic Aircraft Systems
  • Aerospace Environment and Human Factors
  • Navigation and Flight Planning
  • Intro to Space and Astronautics
  • Remotes and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • National Airspace Systems
  • Professionalism/Leadership Skills

Year 2

  • Safety
  • Advanced Aerodynamics
  • Airman Certification Standards for Private Pilot License
  • Air Traffic Control (Communications, Navigation, and Airspace)
  • Aluminum Airframe Processes
  • Avionics
  • Hydraulics
  • Propulsion Systems
  • Advanced Aircraft Systems
  • Astronautics and Aerospace Physics
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Professionalism and Career Planning

Program Benefits:

  • Up to 45 college credits towards an aviation degree
  • 3 high school credits
  • May qualify for math, history, health, science, or language arts credits.  Because these credits differ by home district, click on credit equivalencies to learn what is specifically offered for this program by your sending high school.
  • Formal flight instruction utilizing FAA-approved Advanced Aviation Training Devices
  • Preparation for post-secondary education and job training
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Leadership and competition opportunities
  • Competency certificate

Industry Certifications Available:

  • OSHA 10 (year 1)
  • Private Pilot Ground School (year 1)
  • FAA knowledge test endorsement (Private Pilot: year 1)
  • FAA Remote Pilot certification (year 2)
  • Electronics I and II certification (year 2)
  • Manufacturing Skills certification (year 2)
  • 21st Century Skills certification (year 1 or 2)


Aviation Technology I:

  • Reading and writing proficiency – 10 grade level
  • Successful completion of Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1 with a “C” grade or better both semesters
  • No more than 5 absences in last full semester

Aviation Technology II:

  • Passed Aviation Technology I with a “B” or better both semesters. The second year program is a competitive placement program.
  • On track to complete Aviation Technology I with less than 10 absences.

Note:  Prerequisites may be waived upon instructor’s review. Also, upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are encouraged to participate in Orientation at Cascadia Technical Academy.


  • Optional enrollment in Aviation Explorers, an extracurricular, student-led career organization.

Career Opportunities:

  • Professional Pilot
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  • Aircraft Assembler

Program Supply List/Student Cost:

Please plan ahead. Some programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program specific related items (such as immunizations, food service card, etc.) be purchased, started or completed prior to the first day of school. To access the list for this program’s uniform, supply and other program related costs please click here.

Credit Equivalencies and College Credit:
Click here to learn more about credit equivalencies as well as the articulation agreements and college credits available for each program.

Note: Student accident insurance is available through your sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Melissa Downing in our Student Service Center. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Downing can be reached at 360-604-1050 ext. 2150 or at Melissa.Downing@evergreenps.org.