Aviation Technology

Aviation Technology LogoProgram Description:

The Aviation Technology program is an entry point into a multitude of careers in the aerospace industry, including Airline Pilot, Aerospace Engineer, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator (Remote Pilot), Air Traffic Controller, Aviation Maintenance Technician, and Aircraft Assembler. Students will have the opportunity to earn a private pilot ground school certificate, as well as other technical certifications. The 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 aircraft systems, electronics, and aerospace design and construction processes.

Course Curriculum Includes:

Year 1

  • Private Pilot Ground School (FAA Approved)
  • Aviation Safety and Human Factors
  • Aviation History and Careers
  • Basic Aerodynamics
  • Aviation Weather
  • Basic Flight Instruction (Simulators)
  • Introduction to Aircraft Systems
  • Aerospace Environment & Decision Making
  • Intro to Navigation and Flight Planning
  • Aerospace Engineering Design Process
  • National Airspace System
  • Professionalism/Leadership Skills


Year 2

  • Safety
  • Advanced Aerodynamics
  • Flight Simulation and Instruction
  • Air Traffic Control (communication, navigation, and airspace)
  • Aluminum Airframe Construction
  • Avionics
  • Hydraulics
  • Propulsion Systems
  • Advanced Aircraft Systems
  • Astronautics
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Professionalism and Career Planning


Program Benefits:

  • Up to 40 college credits towards an aviation degree
  • 3 high school credits each year
  • High school credit equivalency (1.0 lab science and 1.0 math at the discretion of the sending school district)
  • Check your district’s offerings by going to our program’s webpage at Cascadiatech.org and clicking on “Credit Equivalency”.
  • Flight instruction utilizing FAA-approved Advanced Aviation Training Devices
  • Preparation for both post-secondary education and skilled-labor jobs
  • Exclusive 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 – 10th grade level
  • Passed 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 required to attend the program orientation at Cascadia Technical Academy.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

Aviation Explorers, a student-led career organization centered on aviation interests and pursuits.

Career Opportunities:

  • Professional Pilot
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Remote Pilot (Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator)
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  • Aircraft Assembler

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.

Program Supply List/Student Cost:  

Please plan ahead. Some programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program specific related items be purchased or completed prior to the first day of school. To access the list of this program’s uniform, supply and other program related costs please click here.


Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is a mandatory requirement to participate in internships. Student accident insurance is available through the 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 360-604-1062 or at Melissa.Downing@evergreenps.org. Ms. Downing is available during the school year when school is in session.