AET FAQ

Our Aviation Engineering Technology (AET) curriculum provides a blend of business, safety, and law courses, balanced with in-depth technical and hands-on engineering coursework. We keep the class sizes small to ensure students get individualized attention in our brand new 8,800 square foot facility at the airport. Our airport is only a ten minute walk from the residence halls, as we are one of only two universities in the nation that have their airport located on campus. Our faculty members have a great deal of management and engineering experience within the aviation and engineering industries. We have a family environment at BGSU Aviation; You're never just a number.

The outlook for employment as an aviation engineering technology graduate is excellent. The aviation industry is a global market that is currently experiencing rapid growth. There will be a rising demand for pilots and support personnel for many years to come. According to Boeing, "As global economies expand and airlines take delivery of tens of thousands of new commercial jetliners over the next 20 years, the demand for personnel to fly and maintain those airplanes will be unprecedented." With this explosive increase in the aviation industry, continued demand for engineers, designers, and other technical staff is also expected.

A career in Aviation Engineering Technology offers challenging and exciting technical work encompassing a wide variety of career opportunities and options. This includes jobs with aircraft manufacturers, with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in airport planning, airport construction and operations, in various technical capacities with the airlines, exciting jobs in research and development, and in numerous specialized civilian and military roles in engineering with the different branches of the U.S. military.

Yes, the aviation program, housed within the College of Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering, is fully accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). Through its committed members and outstanding programs, ATMAE serves as the premier leader in developing technology, management, and applied engineering disciplines in academia and industry. The engineering courses within the College of Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering are also ETAC-ABET accredited. ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

Cooperative education experiences (co-ops) enhance classroom learning by integrating real-world work experience, confirming or redirecting career decision making, improving job opportunities after graduation, providing networking opportunities, and supplementing income while earning a degree. Our co-op program has strong connections with employers and assists students in developing their resume and interviewing skills to prepare them to be successful as they move in to their aviation career. Aviation students participate in two different co-ops that help them transition from the training environment to the working world of aviation.

The annual salaries for graduates of our AET program vary considerably depending on the size of the company, the location, specific job tasks, the needs of the industry, etc. Salary information can be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistic's website at bls.gov/bls/blswage.htm

Financial aid is available to help pay for your tuition, living expenses, and personal expenses. Currently, 80% of all BSGU students receive some type of financial assistance. To be considered for need-based aid, you must be an admitted student and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

There are four types of financial aid:

1. Scholarships: BGSU awards an average of 5,800 scholarships totaling approximately $20 million each year. Scholarships are considered gift aid and generally do not require repayment. Awards are based on attributes such as academic achievement, service and talent. The deadline to apply for scholarship consideration is January 15,2015.

2. Grants: These are need based and do not require repayment. Federal and state grants are limited to lower income students.

3. Loans: Student loans must be repaid. Federal Direct student loans for undergraduate students are available to help meet educational costs.

4. Employment: BGSU employs approximately 3500-4000 students on campus throughout the year. Student employees work an average of 10-15 hours per week. Students earn at least $7.95 per hour.

Yes. BGSU's Aviation Program has Alpha Eta Rho, an aviation oriented co-ed fraternity for aviation majors and minors. BGSU also has a flight team that competes with other collegiate aviation flight programs. Our students who become active in these organizations tend to do better and have more fun during the four years they are at BGSU. One major benefit of being part of these organizations is the network you begin building for the rest of your aviation career.