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Utah State University offers multiple degrees in Aviation Technology at various levels. From a minor to a master, the robust program will allow students to become equipped with the skills they need in the industry they love – all while nestled in the beautiful Cache Valley which allows a unique training experience that can't be found anywhere else.

The Aviation Technology program at Utah State University prides itself in applying cutting-edge technology with exceptional training to produce high quality pilots and technicians the industry needs. Two B.S. degrees are offered in the Aviation Technology program — professional pilot for fixed wing and rotorcraft (helicopters), and maintenance management

Professional Pilot students must choose an emphasis: fixed-wing or helicopters. These students receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifications and are trained to become commercial pilots. All pilot students will take core classes in weather, aviation law, and human factors in safety. They will also take emphasis courses that will help them develop skills and knowledge specific to industry needs.

Aircraft Maintenance Technician students trained through the maintenance management program will complete the courses required for the FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) licenses. They will also have coursework in aviation law, human factors in safety, and airline management. Management and communications courses are incorporated into the program to provide essential business skills. An aircraft maintenance technician - airframe and powerplant A.A.S. degree can also be obtained.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is growing and so we offer a minor in unmanned aerial systems Students can earn their Part 107 Commercial Drone Pilot license and learn about building, maintaining, and flying UAS and what jobs are out there in that field.

Master of Aviation Science With an emphasis in Aviation Safety, our Master of Aviation Science is 100% online and available through the program.

Duane "Dewey" Gerrard

In Memory of our Friend and Mentor Duane "Dewey" Gerrard

Duane "Dewey" Gerrard was born April 22, 1938 and passed away May 24, 2020 surrounded by his family. 

Dewey is an Alum of Utah State University, graduating in 1960 in the Aeronautics Program which is now known as Aviation Technology. He lived a successful and influential career in the world of aviation which included flying for the military during the Vietnam war effort, being a pilot and instructor for Western and Delta Airlines and serving on boards and committees driving policies. He also served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in multiple callings including as a General Authority as a member of the Quorum of the Seventy. 

Dewey also left a legacy at Utah State University, particularly with the Aeronautics/Aviation program, and has been a great supporter of USU Aviation Technology. We enjoyed his insight and stories of his many experiences that he shared with students, instructors, and with the Aggie Aviation Adventure campers. His words were very influential and inspiring to many.

We will miss Dewey at our events and camps, but he will always remain in our mind and in our hearts. 

For memorial contributions, press the donation button below, and on the new page select Aviation Scholarships in the drop-down menu, and indicate that your gift is in memory of someone. We thank you for your support and for remembering Dewey with us.