Career Readiness for students


Aviation and Aerospace Program

Is the Aviation and Aerospace Program Right for You?

  • Are you interested in flight?
  • Do you like drones?
  • Are you interested in becoming a pilot?
  • Do you enjoy the engineering principles related to the design process?

About the Program

The Aviation and Aerospace Program is a full-time program beginning in the 9th grade for students interested in flight and aircraft systems. Students have two pathways from which to choose, both of which align to rigorous math and science standards. The pilot pathway introduces students to safety, aerodynamics, aircraft systems, instrumentation, flight physiology and flight planning and students can earn a private pilot’s license. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems pathway exposes student to “drones” as they are used in operations such as security, search and rescue, disaster management, drone design and maintenance programming, and systems automation.  Students can earn a remote pilot certificate. 

The upper level courses in the pathways will prepare students for postsecondary education, Federal Aviation Administration certification exams and careers in the aviation and aerospace industry.  This program is offered in connection with the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA). 

Sample Courses

  • Principles of Aviation and Aerospace
  • Exploring Aviation and Aerospace
  • Introduction to Flight
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Pilot Fundamentals
  • Aviation Safety

Certifications

  • Private Pilot license
  • Remote Pilot certificate

Local Colleges Offering a Continuation Program

  • Montgomery College
  • Community College of Baltimore

How to Apply

Forms and timelines for the new programs will be posted in early January 2018 at https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/schoolchoice/. Updates and information will be provided on the MCPS Career Readiness website.

Contact

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Career Opportunities

  • Aircraft manufacturing engineer
  • Airline pilot
  • Airport operations manager
  • Air traffic controller
  • Quality control personnel

Where this Program is Offered

Magruder High School

In addition to Magruder High School, a limited number of students from the following high school clusters are eligible to apply: Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Sherwood.* MCPS will provide transportation for students who transfer to the school to enroll in this program.

*Additional high school clusters may be available, depending on space and transportation.