Multnomah University

Aviation Technology

If you want to combine your love for planes with cross-cultural missions or the aviation industry, our Aviation Technology degree is for you. You will receive top-rated aviation training at Portland Community College (PCC) while gaining a comprehensive foundation in Bible, theology and intercultural studies at Multnomah University.

Job Outlook

Students in this program will graduate with the ability to either fly or repair their own aircraft (multi engine and instrument ratings). They are able to receive a private and commercial pilot FAA certification and. These skills, combined with a solid foundation in the Word, produce graduates who are well-equipped for serving in both commercial and mission aviation fields.

Points of Distinction

  • This program is offered at one of the lowest prices anywhere – this allows graduates to get into the field faster.
  • PCC has a reputation as one of the nation’s premiere trainers of aviation mechanics and pilot training.
  • Portland’s climate is conducive to flight time year-round. Students can earn their flight hours faster than in other parts of the country
  • Areas of training are flexible since students can focus on aircraft technology, pilot training or both.


You will graduate with either:

  • A private and commercial pilot FAA certification.
  • The most comprehensive Bible and theology education for a program like this.


  • An aircraft maintenance certification (multi engine and instrument ratings).
  • An associate of applied science degree in airframe and power plant mechanics.
  • The most comprehensive Bible and theology education for a program like this.

Common Career Paths

Missional options

  • Evangelism, church planting and discipleship 
  • Care for people who are sick and injured through transport to clinics and hospitals
  • Hunger relief through food transport
  • Use of mechanical knowledge to help those on the mission field
  • Transport frontline mission workers to and from the field
  • Mission work with any of the following agencies:
    • Africa Inland Mission
    • Association of Baptists for World Evangelism
    • Flying Mission USA
    • Helimission
    • JAARS
    • Lutheran Association of Missionaries & Pilots, U.S.
    • Mission Aviation Fellowship
    • New Tribes Mission
    • South America Mission
    • Serving in Missions
    • UIM Aviation
    • United Methodist Aviation Ministries

Commercial options

  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Avionics Technician
  • Certified Pilot: Regional, Charter, Tourist
  • Helicopter Pilot

Next Steps