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Three-Year Programs

Aviation: 3-Year Program

Program Overview

Butler Tech’s Aviation program offers hands-on curriculum designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the aviation industry. Starting in 10th grade, students cover Aviation Maintenance, Aviation Ground School, Drones, and Engineering Systems.

As students progress to the 11th grade, the curriculum pivots to a more specialized focus on Personalized Aviation experiences such as Private Pilot Training, Aviation Maintenance, and Engineering.

Graduate from high school career-ready and college-prepared. Earn field credentials on an individualized basis, and the option to earn college credits to apply toward a college degree.

Personalized Capstone

The Aviation program culminates during the 12th-grade year with a Personalized Capstone Experience, designed to be an immersive, real-world experience that often includes project-based learning and cooperative education opportunities. Through community partnerships, students are given the chance to combine their academic learning with genuine work experience.

College Tech Prep Program

Aviation combines college-like instruction with hands-on activities to prepare students for the technical occupations of the future, providing a pathway to an associate degree or beyond. College Tech Prep programs provide advanced skills in math, science, communication, and technology.


Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Operation Monitoring
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.



People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Self Control

Career Pathways 

  • Pilot
  • FAA – Certified Mechanic
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • FAA – Air Traffic Controler


Program Highlights

Industry Overview

The aviation industry is a dynamic and vital sector that plays a pivotal role in connecting people, goods, and ideas across the globe. Every day, the aviation industry transports more than 10 million passengers and around $18 billion worth of goods. This remarkable growth and transformation is leading to an increased demand for a diverse range of careers in aviation.

Course Work

Aviation Exploration

  • Explore Aviation Pathways

Personalized Aviation Experiences

  • Aviation Maintenance
    – Airframe & Powerplant
  • Aviation Ground School
    – Private Pilot Training
    – Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Drones
  • Aviation Engineering

Capstone Experiences

  • Airport Management
  • Air Traffic Control
  •  Maintenance
  • Pilot Training


Students will have the opportunity
to pursue credentials in the
following areas:
• Aircraft Airframe & Powerplant
• FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test
• FAA Part 107 – Remote