Whether you're seeking a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aircraft Dispatcher certificate; want to prepare for success at the FAA's Air Traffic Controller Academy; want to pass your FAA Aeronautical Knowledge exams for Private, Instrument, Remote and Commercial Pilot and Instructor ratings; or simply want a well-rounded education before embarking on a professional aviation career; the Aviation Department is here to help you reach for the sky.

Sacramento City College maintains an FAA-authorized 14 CFR Part 65 Aircraft Dispatcher training program. Upon completion an A.S. degree or Certificate in Achievement in Aircraft Dispatch, you will receive the Certificate of Completion that is required to take your FAA Practical Exam for certification as an Aircraft Dispatcher (Flight Operations Officer for those interested in licensing outside of the United States). The Certificate of Completion is valid for ninety (90) days after course completion.

Graduates of Sacramento City College's A.S. degree program in Air Traffic Control who have maintained a 'B' average are eligible to receive an AT-CTI Letter of Recommendation. This letter may be uploaded to your USAJOBS.gov profile, and allows you to compete for FAA training in a separate pool for CTI graduates and certain veterans.

COVID-19 Notice

Due to social distancing requirements, enrollment has been restricted for the Aviation courses in Fall 2020. All permission numbers for the classes have been distributed, and no new enrollments will be permitted.

The FAA authorization to conduct our programs under 14 CFR Part 65 requires that instruction be conducted in a traditional face-to-face classroom environment. All FLTEC classes will be held at the Davis Center, Room DAC-121 (North Building). All ATCAD classes will be held at the Davis Center, Room DAC-114. Classes begin the week of August 3rd. Personal protective equipment (PPE) and daily screenings will be required.

We will offer a section of FLTEC 320, Private Pilot Ground in the Spring 2021 semester. Successful completion of that course and a mandatory informational meeting will allow you to enter the cohort in Fall 2021. The informational meetings will be scheduled for a virtual environment later in the Fall semester. Check back here for dates and times. In the meantime, we recommend that you complete all your general education requirements for a degree.

Career Options

Air Traffic Controller

Employment opportunities exist within the Federal Aviation Administration’s National Air Traffic Control system for Air Traffic Controllers and Remote Pilot Operators (RPO’s), with numerous contract facilities throughout the country, and with the military worldwide.

Aircraft Dispatcher

Aircraft Dispatchers are employed by all major and regional airlines worldwide. Many jet charter and helicopter air ambulance operators, as well as government agencies and the military, utilize their services.  

Flight Technology

Professional Pilots are employed as Charter Pilots, Flight Instructors, Ground Instructors, Agricultural Pilots, Helicopter Pilots, Flight Engineers, and Regional Airline/Major Airline Pilots, as well as working for Government Agencies or the Military.