Department of Applied Aviation Sciences
Mr. Sean M. Fortier, Chair
Air Traffic Control
The Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program at LeTourneau University (LETU) is designed to prepare students for entrance and successful completion of the air traffic control training program at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Academy. In addition, students receive significant experience in the operations and procedures commonly used at FAA air traffic control facilities around the United States.
Students should be aware of FAA requirements for all new air traffic controllers. The applicant:
Please check the FAA website, Federal Aviation Administration, for more information.
- Must receive an official recommendation from the AT-CTI School. All students who successfully complete the LeTourneau AT-CTI program will be recommended to the FAA.
- Must be a United States citizen. You must present a valid U.S. Passport or original copy of your birth certificate and official government photo I.D. to a school official before you are enrolled in the AT-CTI program.
- Must be under the age of 31 on the date of initial hire by the FAA.
- Must pass a medical exam. The FAA medical exam for air traffic controllers is similar to the 2nd class medical for commercial pilots. The student will need to obtain a 2nd class medical certificate prior to completing their first AATC course.
- Must pass a security investigation. This background check will look for indications of behavioral or life style problems including substance abuse, criminal activity, and derogatory employment terminations.
- Must score at least a 70% on the FAA pre-employment Air Traffic Selection and Training (AT-SAT) test. The student that is enrolled in the AT-CTI program will generally be invited by the FAA to take the AT-SAT test during their last semester in the program.
- Must speak English clearly enough for others to understand you.
- Enrollment into the Air Traffic College Training Initiative (AT-CTI) Program:
Enrollment in the AT-CTI program should not be confused with enrollment in LeTourneau University as a student. Enrollment into the AT-CTI program will typically occur when the student enrolls in the AATC2013, Basic ATC course. The student must meet the following requirements to be enrolled in the AT-CTI program:
- Provide proof of United States citizenship. A U.S. Passport or an Original Certified Birth Certificate and an official government photo ID must be presented to the department office. (International students should read the information marked “Students not Eligible for FAA Employment” below.)
- Present a 2nd class medical certificate. This certificate can be obtained by receiving a physical from an FAA designated medical examiner. Since there are some important distinctions between the 2nd class medical and the physical requirements required to be hired as an Air Traffic Controller, the student will need to ask that the physical be given to the Air Traffic Controller Standards and will need to present their medical history to the medical examiner providing the physical.
- Submit a LeTourneau University AT-CTI Enrollment Form to the department office. This form is available in the department office and should be completed early in the semester when enrolled in the AATC2013 Basic ATC Course.
- AT-CTI Program Recommendation for Employment by the FAA:
To be considered for employment by the FAA the student must be recommended by LETU. This recommendation is made after the completion of all necessary course work and graduation from the university. The university’s recommendation to the FAA is based on the following criteria:
- Enrollment in the AT-CTI program.
- A cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the required core Air Traffic Control courses of at least 2.5. These courses include:
- Graduation from the university in one of the Air Traffic Control majors: Air Traffic Control (AATC), Air Traffic Management (AATM), or Air Traffic Management-Professional Flight Concentration (AATF).
Students not Eligible for FAA Employment:
Students who are not eligible for employment with the FAA due to age restrictions or nationality are free to pursue a degree in Air Traffic Control at LeTourneau University. The ATC degree program will give the student the valuable skill sets and the knowledge base needed to work as an Air Traffic Controller in other countries or in non-FAA control towers in the United States.
Air Traffic Management Major and Concentration
The Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management degree provides students with a solid understanding of the policies and procedures used at FAA Air Traffic Control facilities. Advanced Air Traffic Control courses and select School of Business courses will give graduates a competitive edge throughout their career in air traffic management.
The Professional Flight Concentration allows those students who wish to obtain all of the certificates and ratings required to become a professional pilot along with the skills and recommendation to become an Air Traffic Control professional.
Associate of Science in Air Traffic Control
The Associate of Science in Air Traffic Control provides students with a solid understanding of the policies and procedures used at FAA Air Traffic Control facilities in a condensed two year program. This program will also provide the academic foundation needed for future enrollment in a Bachelor’s degree completion program.
The aircraft systems curriculum is math-science based and is designed to give the student a thorough understanding of the increasingly complex systems found in aircraft. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved curriculum leads to certification as an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic.
Included in the FAA approved curriculum are the following courses, ENGR 1311, DSTC 1203, PHYS 1111/1113, MATH 1203, MATH 1252, AERF 1113, and all AVTC courses. To satisfy FAA requirements, each of the approved curriculum courses must be successfully completed. Lecture courses have sectional tests that must be passed with a minimum score of 70% and laboratory courses have required projects that must be completed to passing standards. Additionally, students must score a minimum of 80% on a comprehensive exam during the last semester of AVTC courses. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive exam and all FAA approved courses, students will receive a certificate of completion and will be authorized to take FAA oral, practical, and knowledge examinations leading to the A&P certificate.
Successful completion of MATH 1203 College Algebra with Applications is a prerequisite to all AVTC courses except AVTC 1001/1003 Foundational Concepts of Aviation Studies, and AVTC 1401/1403 DC Electricity where it can be taken as a corequisite. In addition, a minimum grade of C is required in AVTC 1001/1003 and AVTC 1401/1403 before taking any other AVTC courses. Additional prerequisite/corequisite requirements are listed with each course description. Course sequence and prerequisite requirements are strictly enforced due to FAA requirements.
All aeronautical science students take AERF 1113 Flight Science I, which is the private pilot ground school. Students not enrolled in a flight concentration may take LeTourneau Flight Operations (AERF1112) and the flight training courses AERF1111 and AERF1121 as electives and obtain the Private Pilot certificate.
Aircraft Systems Mission Aviation
LeTourneau has a long heritage of preparing students for service as missionary pilots and technicians. Mission aviation organizations visit the campus regularly, meeting with students and providing input into the A&P mechanic training program. Students interested in working with a missionary organization in an aviation maintenance capacity may enroll in the Missions Aviation B.S., Maintenance Concentration (AAMM) degree plan. This course work in this program will provide the individual with the knowledge and skill base that is needed to earn their FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate (see the section concerning Aircraft Systems). Additionally students will also take courses that will provide insight into cross cultural missionary work and Christian ministries in general. Students interested in serving as a missionary pilot-mechanic should refer to the Flight Science Department section for more information.
The Aviation Studies, B.S. (AAST) degree program is a flexible degree that is designed to give the student a broad overview in knowledge areas that will be beneficial to an individual that is working in the aviation industry. The flexibility of the program makes it very transfer friendly, especially for individuals that have a military aviation background and desire to earn a solid bachelor’s degree incorporating their previous education and experience. The required courses include aviation courses that are relevant to the current aviation industry along with business management courses.
Transfer of A&P Certificates
Students who hold an A&P certificate and wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree at LeTourneau are encouraged to do so. However, to ensure that the Aeronautical Science graduate is a product of our program, transfer students who already hold the A&P certificate must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of AVTC courses with a grade of C or better. The specific AVTC courses that will be required are determined on an individual basis by the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences after a personal interview. In each case, the courses selected are those that will be the most beneficial to the student. In some cases, testing may be required to document knowledge and skill requirements. After completing the 15 credit hours of AVTC courses, students who have obtained their A&P certificate through formal training (FAA approved school) in a college level* program will be granted transfer credit for the remaining AVTC courses. Students who have obtained the A&P certificate through other means will be allowed to bypass the remaining AVTC courses. The credit hours from bypassed courses do not count toward the minimum credit hour requirement for the various degrees. Transfer students who have completed some but not all of the requirements for the A&P certificate at another institution are evaluated on an individual basis.
* College level is determined by one or more of the following: 1) The institution is accredited by a regional accrediting association; 2) College level entry requirements are met by all students; and 3) The institution offers a broad selection of course work in general studies involving liberal arts, math, and science. We cannot grant college credit for course work, which is offered at the vocational level.
The Aircraft Systems Major and Concentrations
The Bachelor of Science degree in Aircraft Systems is designed for students interested in obtaining the FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic certificate. This high level program of study will prepare the student for a leadership role in a number of different aviation related fields. By combining this in-depth study of aircraft systems with the disciplines found in the five concentrations listed below, the student can tailor their education to fit their particular interests and career goals. With the exception of the Design Technology concentration, these programs can be completed in eight regular semesters and one summer session.
The Computer Science Concentration emphasizes use of the computer as a management tool and provides a valuable foundation for those desiring to move into systems development. The graduate of this program will understand how to implement computer technology into real world situations.
The Design Technology Concentration is designed for the student who is interested in working in the field of manufacturing design but does not wish to do so from the engineering perspective. Courses provide hands-on experience with design, drawing, manufacturing, and production methods.
The Electrical Technology Concentration will prepare the student for a career in the rapidly changing field of aircraft electronics. This program provides a strong Aircraft Systems curriculum combined with selected Electrical Engineering Technology courses. Graduates from this program typically work as production and systems engineers in the aviation industry.
The Mechanical Technology Concentration is designed to give the student a strong background in aircraft systems coupled with a solid foundation in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Graduates of this program are prepared to work as engineering technologists in the aviation industry.
The Maintenance Management Concentration will prepare the student interested in maintenance management and other leadership positions in the field of aviation. This program of study combines a strong technical curriculum with business courses selected to provide the key competencies required of managers and those interested in pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree.
The student may combine selected aircraft systems (AVTC) courses with a major in Engineering Technology. The course requirements are listed in the Engineering Technology section of this catalog. (It should be noted that the Engineering Technology degree programs do not lead to the A&P certificate.)