Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots)Career
Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots)
Start your career as a professional pilot or work as instructor while you pathway towards flying in a commercial operation or airline.
Qantas Future Pilot Program
Qantas and RMIT have partnered to offer an exciting career path to aspiring pilots.
The Qantas Future Pilot Program provides aviation students with access to experienced pilots during their degree, and selected students will be invited to complete an intensive twelve-week airline transition course.
Upon successful course completion, graduates will transition to employment with QantasLink and complete their training under the supervision of QantasLink's experienced training team and become qualified as First Officers flying the airline's Dash 8 200/300 or Q400 fleet.
To be eligible to be considered for the program, students will need to be enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) or Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilot) and be actively undertaking flying training in one of these programs. Students also need to have an equivalent GPA score of 4.0 (based on a seven point scale) or above for the duration of their degree and Australian work rights.
If you successfully complete the program you will be eligible to apply for a CASA Commercial Pilots Licence plus either Command Instrument Rating (multi-engine) or Flight Instructor Rating (single engine).
Roles you may find immediately after graduation may include:
- charter and freight operation
- air-work/agricultural operations
- major and regional airlines
- emergency services
- flight training organisations
- seasonal bushfire spotting and beach patrols
As an RMIT Flight Training graduate, there are a variety of paths you can take. You may choose flight instructor training and work as an instructor while you complete further studies. This can be a rewarding way to build your hours or even become a long-term career.
With further experience (typically more than 200-300 flight hours), you may find work in multi-engine charter operations flying high-performance aircraft with regional airlines, or within high-performance general aviation activities such as the Royal Flying Doctors Service or Border Protection Command services and in the role of First Officer in major airlines.
Major airlines typically require approximately 1,500 hours total time for direct entry first officers. With further experience and managerial qualifications you'll be able to seek positions within major airlines as a:
- chief pilot
- fleet manager
- flight operations manager
- flight operations inspector
RMIT Flight Training is authorised by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as Part 141/142 organisation to provide pilot training.
You can undertake industry-supported project work within the aviation industry while studying the theory modules.