About Aviation and Technology

The Department of Aviation and Technology is the oldest and largest provider of Industrial Technology and Aviation degrees on the West Coast.  Our Technology programs are as old as SJSU itself, now in its 150th year of providing higher education to the people of this state and the world.  Our programs include a BS (Bachelor of Science) degree in Industrial Technology with two concentrations, a BS degree in Aviation with four options, and a Master of Science degree in Quality Assurance.  Information on our programs and concentrations, as well as transfer and entry information, is available from our main web page.  To find out how we can help you achieve your educational goals, please drop by our main office, at San Jose State, Industrial Studies building, room 111 or call our office (408) 924-3190.

The faculty and staff of the Department are committed to providing a world-class learning environment with state-of- the-art technology and learning content. This Website is one way of communicating to the world who we are and what we are about. This site changes frequently, so come back for upcoming events and announcements.  The Department of Aviation and Technology, located in the College of Engineering at San Jose State University, is at the forefront of technological change and innovation in the Silicon Valley. The Department offers undergraduate bachelor of science degrees in Aviation and in Industrial Technology and a graduate degree in Quality Assurance.

We have two locations; one is located on SJSU's main campus in the Industrial Studies building at the corner of 10th and San Fernando Streets in San Jose.  Our other location is the aviation facility located off-campus at Reid-Hillview Airport. Please note that many of the Aviation classes are taught on the main SJSU campus and that the Aviation facility is not in use during some days.

Success of Our Programs

The Department of Aviation and Technology has a very high success rate, placing over 90% of its graduates in careers directly related to their major program of study. Salaries earned by our graduates are comparable to those earned by business and engineering graduates.

Department Mission

Our mission is to be a leading provider of high quality, practice-oriented aviation and industrial technology graduates through excellence in education, research, and scholarship.

The Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for the Department of Aviation and Technology programs are:
a. Demonstrate strong communication, critical thinking and interpersonal skills;
b. Use skills in team development, dynamics, and management to work as team players;
c. Demonstrate ethical behavior and concern for colleagues, society, and the environment;
d. Demonstrate leadership skills for a technology professional

Mission - Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology

The mission of the B.S. degree program in Industrial Technology is to provide students with opportunities to develop both in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in basic and advanced industrial processes and procedures as well as an understanding of the managerial sciences, for success in positions in technology management. In each of the two areas of concentration, students will:

  • Develop in-depth technical skills in either manufacturing systems or in electronics, computer, and network technology
  • Demonstrate strong communication, critical thinking and interpersonal skills
  • Apply knowledge of current programming languages to analyze and solve industrial problems
  • Use skills in team development, dynamics, and management to work as team players
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior and concern for colleagues, society, and the environment
  • Develop familiarity and skills in the organization and management of industrial enterprises
  • Learn about the product life cycle and how products are designed, manufactured, and improved
  • Learn to apply knowledge to the planning and management of industrial and service sector operations
  • Demonstrate the application of principles for sustainability in the technical fields in which they specialize
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for a technology professional 

Mission - Bachelor of Science in Aviation

The BS in Aviation prepares student for careers in the aviation industry. The Aviation Management option prepares students to work in either a public or private airport or a general aviation company. The Operations option is designed for those students who wish to work in the operations side for a commercial airline, including the position of pilot. In these two options, the students acquire a strong foundation of business and management principles, finance and accounting, information systems, communication skills, and teamwork. The Maintenance Management option is a 2+2 program for students from local community colleges who have completed an FAA-accredited Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Program. A community college student should be able to transfer almost all of their aviation maintenance courses and complete their BS degree requirements at SJSU in Maintenance Management. The mission of the B.S. degree program in Aviation is to provide students with opportunities to develop both in-depth knowledge and hands on experience in aviation technology, operations, and management for success in positions in flight operations, air traffic management, transportation management, and management of aviation maintenance operations. In each option in the Aviation Program, students will:

  • Apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications in aviation
  • Function effectively on teams
  • Communicate effectively
  • Understand the role and processes in team development, dynamics and management
  • Understand economic principles including: production theory and costs, cost benefit analysis, economic growth concepts, and international economic relationships and apply them to management of aviation operations
  • Understand career planning, flight certification, and the attributes and behavior of an aviation professional
  • Demonstrate an understanding of aircraft design, performance, operating characteristics, and maintenance as it relates to the student's career goals
  • Analyze and explain the role and regulations regarding aviation safety and human factors
  • Describe the legal and labor issues in national and international aviation operations
  • Describe meteorology and environmental issues as they relate to aviation
  • Apply business accounting and statistical analysis principles to financial situations in aviation 

Mission - M.S. Quality Assurance

The mission of the Master of Science in Quality Assurance is to prepare students for positions of greater responsibility in industrial and business management and in both commercial and consumer sectors, and to provide students with both theoretical and real-world problem solving abilities in the fields of quality assurance and product improvement. Graduates of the MSQA program work in a wide range of industries, from health care to primary and global manufacturing. Graduates must be well prepared in the field of quality assurance and able to identify, implement, and evaluate appropriate methods to help their organizations improve their products, their bottom line, and their environmental footprint. Students in the MSQA learn to perform at the masters' level in the areas of Industrial Systems Management, Quality Systems development, Six-Sigma quality, as well as ISO and TL 9000 quality system standards. The program emphasizes the acquisition of theoretical and analytical techniques combined with management and communication skills. The curriculum was developed based on best practices in industry, industry quality standards, the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, and the body of knowledge for Quality Engineering, Reliability Engineering, and Quality Management as defined by the American Society for Quality.

ATMAE Accreditation

The Industrial Technology programs at San Jose State University have been accredited since they were created in 1967. The accreditation agency for the BS Industrial Technology is the Association for Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), previously known as NAIT. The most recent ATMAE accreditation self-study report is available at the following link: BSIT SJSU ATMAE Self-Study 2010

The Aviation programs at San Jose State University are covered by the University-wide WASC accreditation but not at this time by professional program