Aviation Operations Technology



Get ready to take flight!

Welcome to the Aviation Operations Technology program. Our Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Operations Technology (AOTP) prepares students to pursue opportunities in three areas: aviation administration, flight dispatcher, and professional pilot.  


Program of Study

Whether directing operations on the ground or flying the friendly skies, our 60-credit hour Aviation Operations Technology degree program can take you to the next level quickly. We also have dual enrollment opportunities for area high school students! 


Program Admission

The Flight Dispatcher and Aviation Administrator concentrations follow Southwest’s general admissions policy. Apply for admission and choose Aviation Operations Technology as your major.

If you select the Professional Pilot Concentration, you must meet the following additional admission requirements:


Tuition and Fees

In addition to Southwest’s regular tuition and fees, those students who select the Professional Pilot Concentration will be subject to additional fees associated with flight training. Eligible students may apply financial assistance through our Southwest Foundation.


Degree Requirements

Professional Pilot (60-credit hours)

Flight Dispatch (60-credit hours)

Aviation Administration (60-credit hours)


Aviation Career Annual Salary Ranges

Professional Pilot 

  • Airline Pilots - $50,000 - $400,000
  • Co-pilots - $36,283 - $106,796
  • Flight Engineers - $45,283 - $112,796
  • Flight Instructors - $30,000 - $107,000

Flight Dispatcher 
Career paths include Flight dispatcher for commercial airlines, private airlines, and freight carriers. Annual salaries range from $36,000 to $127,000.

Aviation Administration 
Career paths include crew scheduler, flight coordinator, aviation manager, airport management, air cargo operations and flight operations management. Annual salaries range from $35,390 to $56,700.


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Contact Information

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