Lewis has a rich tradition of aviation education. Founded in 1932, Lewis University began as a technical school for boys. Aviation technology courses (a new technology at the time), were the special emphasis of instruction, becoming the origin of today's Department of Aviation. In 1942, the School was temporarily closed and became a flight training facility for the U.S. Navy during WWII.
Aviation majors at Lewis can choose from three program areas: Aviation Administration, Aviation Flight, and Aviation Maintenance. Other programs have been developed in Aviation Security (B.S.) and Aviation and Transportation (M.S.).
A degree in Aviation Administration can open up many oppportunities in the area of aviation management. You could work for an airline, cargo company, fixed-base operator, airport or even a governmental agency.
A degree in Aviation Flight can provide opportunities flying for general aviation, corporate aviation, commuter airline, the major airlines or a cargo carrier.
Training in Aircraft Maintenance can not only lead to career opportinunties in all areas of aviation, but in many related mechanical areas. We have one of the finest programs available and hope you will consider visiting our campus and aviation facility.
It's great that you're considering the field of aviation and our aircraft maintenance program.
Lewis University began as a technical school for boys in 1932. Aviation technology courses were the emphasis of instruction. We are the oldest aviation maintenance training school in the Chicagoland area.
In order to work on aircraft, you must be a licensed FAA mechanic. This license consists of two ratings, Airframe and Powerplant (A&P). A Powerplant mechanic can work on all aircraft engines, while an Airframe mechanic works on everything else. Most employers require that their mechanics possess both ratings. Aircraft mechanics are commonly referred to as Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT).
The entire FAA-approved mechanics's certificate curriculum is a 4-semester (2 year) program. Beyond the certificate, an Associate's degree and a Bachelor's degree are offered. Specializations are also available in Avionics (aircraft electronics) and Non-Destructive Evaluation. We have one of the finest programs available and hope you will consider visiting our campus and aviation facility.