Liberty University Offers Combined Aviation Degree
This fall, the Liberty University School of Aeronautics will offer a new degree that combines flight training and aircraft mechanic into a four-year program. The Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology provides students with the requirements needed to pursue their commercial pilot license and aviation mechanic certification.
Steven Brinly, chair of aerospace technology, said the degree is unique because it qualifies students in both areas in four years rather than the more traditional five-year track for the combined degree.
“By combining these two areas into a single degree, we are providing our students with a diverse set of skills that will enable them to both fly and maintain aircraft,” said Brinly. “In today’s aviation profession, these are two highly sought-after skill sets that are now available through one program.”
The combined degree expands career options to graduates and makes them more attractive to employers. Mission pilots and pilots flying for smaller aviation companies benefit from the ability to perform routine maintenance on their aircraft.
In addition, pilots who may be furloughed during an economic downturn or are otherwise unable to fly will have another career option in aviation maintenance that they can pursue.
Liberty’s School of Aeronautics is one of only a few in the nation to offer this type of degree.