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Overview of the Program

Vaughn College’s Aviation Training Institute (ATI) is well-known and highly regarded by local airports and airlines, as well as the aviation and transportation industries as a whole. Our curriculum was designed to prepare students for high-paying and high-flying careers with the tools, modern technology, knowledge and hands-on experience needed to be successful in a variety of aviation careers.

Are you interested in a career in aviation maintenance, or possibly as an airframe and powerplant (A&P) technician? In just 16 months, Vaughn’s ATI will help prepare you to be a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified mechanic with and A&P rating or position you to be successful in other roles in the aviation industry and related fields.  Boeing projects that as many as 648,000 new technicians will be in demand by 2036. Because the demand for new technicians is high and the roles and responsibilities are expanding―our program will help you build upon your skills to be successful and adaptable to this ever-changing environment and industry.

Why Choose Vaughn’s ATI Program

Vaughn’s long-time experience of training and educating students in the engineering and technology, aviation and management fields has allowed us to tailor our programs and degrees to specifically prepare students for real-life positions and responsibilities in the field. Our focus on career readiness, the addition of new experts to our staff from the industries, and network of alumni and professionals for internships and full-time positions remains incomparable  to any other program or college.

Here’s How We Excel:

  • Instructors are currently employed in the aviation industry
  • Connections to top employers such as Cessna Citation, JetBlue Sikorsky, United, American, Jetblue, Envoy, Republic, ASA, Atlas, Pratt and Whitney, AAR
  • New, state-of-the-art training facilities
  • High FAA exam pass rates
  • Affordable tuition


Top 4%
of Vaughn grads—78% in their field—are employed or continue their education within one year.*

See Where Some of Our ATI Graduates Have Landed Rewarding Careers

Vaughn College has one of the highest rankings for graduate employment rate, and the graduates of the Aviation Training Institute (ATI) program are no exceptions. With the education, hands-on experience and skills students have gained on campus, they have found rewarding careers after graduation with companies such as:

  • America Airlines
  • Cessna Citation
  • Con Edison
  • Delta Air Lines
  • DHL
  • Endeavor Air
  • FedEx
  • JetBlue
  • Kawasaki Rail Car
  • Long Island Rail Road
  • Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
  • Sikorsky
  • The Port Authority of NY and NJ (PANYNJ)

Delta Airlines Partners with Vaughn College

Vaughn College is partnered with several nearby world-class airports and airlines to create an unsurpassed environment for learning, gaining experience and making valuable industry connections.

Because of our years of success in helping graduates gain prestigious positions at airports and airlines of all sizes, Delta Air Lines now partners with Vaughn to enhance the College’s aviation maintenance training program. Students in the ATI are exposed to the essential elements, methods, technology and research that leads the field today. Our graduates often land their dream jobs in their field of interest rather quickly.

*Outcomes include data within one year of graduation for graduates who reported via survey. There were a total of 364 graduates in 2022. 222 reported an outcome for an 61% response rate. The 2022 graduating class includes September 2021, December 2021 and May 2022 graduates.
**Data from a study completed by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, “The Colleges Where Low-Income Students Get the Highest ROI