Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions that aren't listed and can't find them anywhere on our website send us an email.

How and when do I apply to the Aviation Program?

You must fill out a completed Andrews University application, and upon acceptance you may apply to the Aviation Department. For more information about applying for admission to Andrews University, please call (269) 471-6343, and visit our website.
If you are coming in as a community student set up a visit to our department and speak with one of our faculty members on what classes would help you achieve the certificate or information you are interested in.   Send us an email.

What do I need to qualify for the Aviation Program?

  • To qualify for admission into the Aviation Program, you must be accepted by Andrews University.
    • The average student is accepted on probationary status and reviewed at the end of each FAA licensure course before they are allowed progression in their degree program.
  • We will need an original birth certificate and government photo ID or current passport upon acceptance into the program.
  • International students will need to complete the International Flight School Candidate form found in the resources tab under documents.
         NOTE: Airframe and Powerplant students do not need a FAA medical. 

Are Scholarships available?

No aviation related scholarships are available through the Department of Aviatoin at Andrews University, but many scholarships are given by Andrews University. There are also plenty of aviation scholarships offered nationwide; simply Google: Aviation Scholarships and follow the steps to apply for them.

Should I visit the campus?

We highly recommend that you come visit us at any time. The university sponsors preview weekend events that you can participate in, or you can visit on your own time when it is convenient for you. We encourage you to attend an aviation class or two during your visit. Tell the visit coordinator that you would like to do this.

Are your programs accredited?

Yes, we are fully accredited by the Higher learning Commission (HLC), the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist (AAA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Part 141 flight training that leads to the Letter of Authorization that allows Airline Transport Pilots (ATP) to get their ATP with 1000 hours, rather than 1500. Saving you money and time. The Aircraft Maintenance Technician School is Part 147.

What type of experience does your senior Faculty & Staff have?

Our senior Faculty & Staff have many years of aviation experience ranging from mission flying, corporate, airline environment, cargo, and military flying, and maintaining aircraft for most of their lives.

Are summer aviation classes available?

Yes, however they are reserved for students who need to make up flight time. No summer classes are available for incoming freshmen. All freshmen must start in the Aviation Program the Fall of their first year.

How long does it take to obtain my Airframe an Powerplant Ratings?

Our Aviation maintenance Technician School is set up so that to obtain both ratings it takes four semesters (two school years). You will obtain one rating each year. We alternate years, so that one year we offer the Airframe rating, and the following year we offer the Powerplant rating.

Is the Department of Aviation a member of the University Aviation Association?


Is the Department of Aviation a member of the International Association of Missionary Aviation?

Yes, IAMA hosted their annual conference in our facilities in May of 2013

What costs are associated for Maintenance?

For maintenance courses you will have to pay for:
  • a tool set
  • lab fees
  • FAA tests.

Do I have to register as a student through the University to take maintenance training?

No, if you are a U.S. Citizen, you are not required to be an Andrews's student to earn your maintenance ratings unless you are seeking a college degree. If you are a non-U.S. Citizen, as part of the FAA requirements, you will have to be formally accepted into a degree program at Andrews University.

What Job opportunities are available to me as a student?

The main campus of Andrews University has plenty of job opportunities for current students. If you are looking to work at the Department of Aviation, we have options like lab assistants, line service technicians, and office assistants.

What Job opportunities are available after I finish my training?

Many of our flight students earn their Flight Instructor's Certificate and work here at our airport and build up hours for job placement. Also we work closely with alumni of our department who own their own companies who hire our graduates for aerial photography. We have several former students who are working for airlines, either as pilots or technicians. Corporate and General Aviation companies are also growing currently. We inform students of job opportunities when we hear of openings.

How may I contact you?

Visit the Stay Connected page and stop on by for a visit.