Two aviation students


  • Location: WANIC at LWTech
  • 3 High School Credits: CTE (1.0), Lab Science (1.0), 3rd Year Math (1.0)
  • No Tuition
  • Program fees may apply. Financial assistance may be available for qualifying students
  • College Credits available: contact WANIC to find out more
  • Prerequisite: Geometry

This is a full year 3-period Skill Center class (3 high school credits). This STEM enriched course is an entry point into a multitude of careers in the aerospace industry including Airline Pilot, Aerospace Engineer, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator (Remote Pilot), and Air Traffic Controller. Students will have the opportunity to earn a private pilot ground-school certificate VFR/IFR/Drone. This program offers a broad foundation in aviation science.

AOPA Curriculum includes: • Private Pilot Ground School (FAA Approved) • Aviation Safety and Human Factors • Aviation History and Careers • Basic Aerodynamics • Aviation Weather • Basic Flight Instruction (Simulators) • Introduction to Aircraft Systems • Aerospace Environment & Decision Making • Intro to Navigation and Flight Planning • Aerospace Engineering Design Process • National Airspace System • Professionalism/Leadership Skills

Aviation Technology students may pursue a variety of career options.

Median Yearly Salary Washington State*

  • Aerospace Engineer $152,350 Pilot/Copilot $105,794
  • Air Traffic Controller $78,800
  • Airfield Operations Specialist $77,450
  • Aircraft Mechanic/Service Technician $76,730
  • Avionics Technician $69,280
  • Aircraft Assembler $62,680
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator $60,360

*Sources: careeronestop.org U.S. Department of Labor and bls.gov/ooh U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022


Course Expectations: Aviation Technology STEM. Located at WANIC Skill Center

Reading Expectations of this class:

Students will be reading professional and technical documents, industry related articles, product instructions, machinery, and tool operating instructions. Various online materials and supplier websites will be accessed, navigated, and utilized. Technical reading will include topics of policy, regulations, guidelines, aviation terms, and language.

Writing Expectations of this class:

Students will read and write for a variety of assignments and take industry level exams for this course. Writing requirements are first based on learning the language of all aspects of aviation terminology. Students will be expected to write clear and concise with proper grammar and spelling. Writing and vocabulary comprehension includes documentation of mechanical or maintenance discrepancies, preflight inspections, documentation, various reports at a high level, addressing customer service needs, plus communicating well with employers and colleagues.

Math Expectations of this class:

Students will be working with whole numbers, fractions and decimals, and the various mathematic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) involved in calculating various applied instances. Students will be applying the Imperial Metric systems in measurement calculations applicable to weight and balance, navigation, performance, reading charts, and graphs.

Science Expectations of this class:

Students will be conducting research, problem solving and application in the physical scientific areas of meteorology, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, and applied physics in relation to methods and materials in the aviation industry.

Homework Expectations of this class:

Homework will be about two hours per week. Assignments will be accepted early, on time, and late within reason (grading will be available in the syllabus when class begins). Assessments and most assignments are eligible for upgrades and re-submission by students for increased credit/scoring.

To be successful in this class, the student should be prepared to:

Students will assist and lead in the various activities. Students will be working with numerous platforms and applications of aviation technology, digital, and computer technology.

Follow an attendance policy similar to business and industry; the student is considered an employee or a professional and is expected to be in full daily attendance and actively participating to assure that maximum learning and productivity are achieved. This program includes numerous hands-on activities which can be attained only by being in attendance. Applying and practicing skills are critical to demonstrating competency.

Additional Information:
  • Prerequisite – Geometry. Minimum 8th grade reading level ability.
  • CTE Dual Credit - College Credit May Be Available.

Aviation Tech - WANIC - Program Intro Video

Aviation Students using Redbird simulator
Aviation Students using Redbird simulator
Aviation student using Redbird simulator
Aviation Tech students with flight deck instruments
Aviation Field Trip
Aviation Student using Redbird simulator
Aviation Students
Aviation Field Trip
Aviation Tech