Careers in Aviation

Updated on 5th September, 2016
Careers in Aviation

Aviation Careers

Most pilots love their work and helicopter pilots are no exception. But what happens if we lose our medical fitness and subsequently lose our flying licence. This is not a nice thing to think about but we should all think seriously about this and have a backup plan.
One of the best backup plans you can have is to have a qualification. As you are already interested in flying, then it seems logical that you would also be interested in all things related to aviation.
I have compiled a short list of courses available in Ireland that may be of interest. Many thanks to Adam (one of our students at Weston) for suggesting this post and for helping me compile this list.

Aviation is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. As the demand for air travel increases so will the demand for aircraft maintenance engineers.

  • Dublin City University (DCU), B.Sc. Degree in Aviation Management with Pilot Studies. This course is designed for those of you who wish to pursue a management career in aviation. With this course, you can choose to do your ATPL written exams in college (if you choose to add “pilot studies” to the degree). You also have a module in the PPL MCQ in the first year. In 3rd year you are given work placement in an airline.
    Dublin City University
  • SkyWest Aviation. If you go on to get a CPL(H) you can also get an Instructor Rating FI(H). This is a very useful qualification to have. If you lose your medical, you will still be qualified to be a ground instructor for theoretical knowledge training. Instructor course details can be found at SkyWest Aviation.
  • University of Limerick (UL), B.E. Degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. This degree course also provides you with 8 months work experience in the industry which could prove extremely valuable in getting your first job.
    Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Degree
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  • Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), B.Eng Degree in Aviation Technology. This course prepares you for a career in the aviation industry. Aviation Technology
  • Dalmac offer courses in Ireland and all across Europe. They specialise in training cabin crew. A list of their courses may be found at Dalmac Courses
  • The International Academy of Travel offer courses in Cabin Crew, Passenger Services, Holiday Reps, Travel Agency and more. Further information on these courses can be found at International Academy of Travel.
  • Waterford Institute of Technology offer a BSc (Hons) Degree in Airline Transport Operations. This course combines flying and theoretical knowledge training. You end up with a CPL and a degree. Further information is available at WIT Airline Transport Ops Degree.

These courses are not a definitive guide to careers in aviation. Other courses are available but you need to look for them. My advice to anyone intending to take up an aviation career is to get another qualification also. This way, if things don’t work out, then you have something to fall back on. For those of you looking for work, check out This site seems to be kept up to date and has global coverage.

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Great article, all pilots should know this about the engines they are operating.

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