High School

Two-Year Programs


Let your career take off from Butler Tech’s Aviation Pathway! Students will study aviation theory, navigation, and management, learn principles of meteorology forecasting, and apply knowledge including everything from aircraft ground handling safety procedures to aviation maintenance. During your junior year, you will be inside a working aviation hangar located at Middletown Regional Airport.

Students have the opportunity to pass their FAA Private Pilot written test and become FAA-approved Commercial Drone pilots before graduation. Students more focused on aircraft maintenance can pass the FAA General Maintenance written test; the first step to becoming an FAA-licensed A&P Maintenance Technician.

College Tech Prep Program

Aviation Exploration 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 technologies. Graduate from high school ready for an entry-level position, earning certification and the option to earn college credits to apply for a college degree. Continue your education at a two or four-year college.

Career opportunities:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Aircraft mechanic
  • Avionics technician
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (drone) pilot
  • Airframe and power plant mechanic
  • Pilot

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

  • Aircraft Systems
  • Aviation Theory
  • Flight Instruments
  • Flight Planning
  • Meteorology
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems


  • FAA Private Pilot Written Test
  • FAA Commercial Drone License
  • FAA General Maintenance Written Test