Online Aerotechnology Degree Programs
Most aerotechnology programs are designed for aerospace and other engineers with full-time jobs. Find out about classes related to aerotechnology and programs offering these classes.
What Kind of Aerotechnology Degrees Can I Earn Online?
Although no programs award degrees specifically by the name of aerotechnology, you can earn a degree in aerospace engineering. Aerospace engineering programs are typically on-campus offerings, but some online options are available at the associate's, bachelor's and master's degree levels.
Through distance learning, you can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Aeronautical Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology with an aeronautical focus, Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering or Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Online programs tend to be more common at the graduate degree level, since many of the core lab competencies were met during undergraduate study.
Associate's degree programs are primarily designed to prepare you for continued study in a 4-year engineering program. Bachelor of Science programs prepare you to perform basic aerotechnology engineering tasks. Earning your master's degree online will allow you to acquire additional skills for professional advancement.
|Degree Levels||Associates, bachelor's, master's|
|Online Program Components||Utilize video conferencing, access assignments and course materials online|
|Common Study Topics||Aerotechnology materials, propulsion, design and control systems, computational analysis, automated flight control|
|Admission Requirements||High school diploma or equivalent for an associate's or bachelor's program; bachelor's degree in related field like engineering or physics for graduate program|
|Median Salary (2018)||$115,220 (for all aerospace engineers)*|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||6% growth (for all aerospace engineers)*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
How Are Online Programs Different?
Online programs utilize video conferencing for lectures that occur in real time. Some online schools offer lectures in DVD format. You can also access assignments and course materials at any time of the day or night through your school's website. Master's degree programs are the most common ones offered online because they're designed for working engineers looking to continue their education at their own pace.
What Can I Learn?
In an associate's degree program, you'll complete coursework that explores the basic principles of engineering and technology applied by aerospace and mechanical engineers. In a 4-year bachelor's degree program, you'll learn about aerotechnology materials, propulsion, design and control systems. Design courses will teach you how to use software that creates blueprints and simulates the performance of aerospace vehicles under certain conditions. Other coursework will touch on thermodynamics and electronics.
Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree programs cover design, structural analysis, propulsion and flight dynamics. You can also take electives that deal with aerotechnology manufacturing, computational analysis and automated flight controls. Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering programs cover much of the same material. These programs, however, focus on robotics, aerospace dynamics and control systems.
What Do I Need to Enroll?
You'll need a high school diploma or the equivalent before you earn your associate's or bachelor's degree as an online student. Most graduate programs look for students with an aerospace or mechanical engineering background; however, you may be able to enroll if you have a 4-year degree in physics or mathematics.