Associate of Applied Science

Aeronautical Engineering Technology

64 Credits
  • Build a strong foundation in the use of computers in math, science, and the graphic arts.
  • Engages students in technical problems and projects that stimulate critical thinking and problem-solving skill-building.
  • Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET
Student working in engineering lab

The Future of Aeronautical Engineering

Choosing Vaughn’s engineering technology program with a focus in aeronautics will give you the education and tools needed to be successful in this field. Developed with a strong career-focus and the implementation of the industry’s most current technology and research, students will build the analytical, problem-solving and hands-on skills needed in the mechanical engineering industry.

You will leave Vaughn College with a solid foundation in the use of computers in math, science and the graphic arts, along with the application skills needed to be successful in your career.

88% of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
75% of Vaughn grads are employed in their field or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed in their field or continue their education within one year.*
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The aeronautical engineering classes at Vaughn are constantly expanding to adapt to the industry’s new and changing needs. We have designed each course, and the curriculum as a whole, to assure graduates that they have the skills, education, and experience to be successful. This includes courses such as solid edge, computer-aided 3D interactive application, Patran/Nastran, computational methods in engineering using MATLAB and a capstone degree project.

Students will gain the analytical, computational, and experimental skills and knowledge to evaluate real-life problems and find effective solutions in aeronautical mechanical engineering settings.

The aeronautics speciality provides an in-depth application of engineering technology with a focus on aeronautical engineering principles.

  • Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA)
  • Computational Methods in Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics (Dynamic)
  • Engineering Mechanics (Static)
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics


One of our top priorities in each program, including the aeronautical engineering technology program, is to give students the resources they need to be successful in their engineering careers through the expansion of our courses, new industry research and access to industry experts on campus.

Graduates of the aeronautical engineering technology associates program apply their knowledge of modern technology, mathematics, science, and the engineering principles to pursue internship and full-time jobs in various areas. Vaughn aeronautical engineering technology graduates have become field engineers, mechanical systems engineers, and aeronautics specialists with the tools and knowledge they have learned on campus.

Career Insights


  • Aircraft Services International Group
  • Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air
  • American Airlines
  • AFCO/Avports
  • B.F. Goodrich
  • The Boeing Company
  • Bombardier Transportation
  • Cessna Citation
  • Chautauqua Airlines
  • CitationShares
  • Consolidated Edison
  • Continental Airlines
  • COPA Airlines
  • Convenant Security
  • Cummins
  • Delta Airlines
  • Embraer
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • General Dynamics
  • General Electric
  • Gulfstream
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • jetBlue Airways
  • JFK International Arrivals Terminal
  • Keyspan
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mesaba Airlines
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Orion Power
  • Panasonic Avionics
  • Panorama Flight Services
  • Pinnacle Airlines
  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Southern Air
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Sikorsky Airlines
  • United Technologies
  • US Airways


  • American Dynamics
  • Atlas Air
  • Disney College Program
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • FAA (Enterprise Data and Messaging Engineering Team)
  • FAA (Tech Center)
  • Federal Express
  • FlightSafety International
  • General Electric
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
  • NASA
  • NASA (Marshall Space Flight Center)
  • Navair (Naval Air Systems Command)
  • NBC
  • NYU Engineering Summer Research
  • Rashid Petroleum Company
  • Sikorsky Helicopters
  • Textron Aviation
  • United Airlines
  • Venture Aerobearings
  • Watertown Airport


*Outcomes include data within one year of graduation for graduates who reported via survey. There were a total of 237 graduates in 2020. 178 reported an outcome for an 75% response rate. The 2020 graduate class includes September 2019, December 2019 and May 2020 graduates.