When most people think of aviation, they think of pilots who fly a plane, or control tower operators who keep watchful eyes on the sky.
But another key figure in the aviation industry is the Aircraft Dispatcher, a role so critical that a plane never leaves the ground without a dispatcher’s input. In fact, the Federal Aviation Administration declares the role of the Aircraft Dispatcher a critical link to air traffic safety.
It’s the Aircraft Dispatcher who authorizes take-offs, computes fuel levels, calculates distance, delays or cancels flights based on weather conditions, and shares joint responsibility with the captain for passenger safety and operational control of the entire flight.
A job that important also pays very well. While salaries vary by location, employer and experience, senior dispatchers can earn well over $100,000 a year.
It’s a growing field, too, especially in Texas, which has 1,429 FAA-recognized airports, four major airlines and 384 public-use airports, as well as 12.1 million take-offs and landings annually.
But it’s not by accident you land a job as exciting as this. It takes a strong level of training to break into the field. And that’s exactly what you’ll get at Texas State Technical College.
TSTC is the single largest provider of aerospace programs in Texas. In fact, the college is one of just three schools in entire state to offer an FAA-approved associate degree in Aircraft Dispatch, as well as a certificate of completion.
With the largest airport in the U.S. operated by a public educational institution and an educational aviation history at TSTC dating back to 1968, students receive real-world experience that can provide you with the very best possible education – at a price you can afford!
What You’ll Do
TSTC’s Star Power Prep
TSTC’s Aircraft Dispatch faculty comes to the college with years of professional experience in their respective aviation fields.
Led by a host of experts from civil and military aviation backgrounds, TSTC’s instructors bring a combined experience of hundreds of years in aviation training to students.
Having worked in the field themselves, they know just what employers are seeking and how to equip you with the skills needed to have what it takes to succeed.
Other degree plans within the Aviation program family can provide additional job credibility through certifications, club memberships and industry partnership opportunities.
TSTC Waco, for example, has a student chapter of Alpha Eta Rho, the international aviation fraternity. Aviation Mechanics have an opportunity to work with our industry partner, L-3 Platform Integration, through TSTC’s Aviation Career Education sponsorship program.
Additional aviation industry partnerships aid students as well, including APT’s First Officer program with the Texas Farm Bureau, and TSTC’s connections with American Eagle, Colgan Air and more.
Small Class Size
At TSTC, our Aircraft Dispatch Technology classes average 20 students per class to ensure instructors have plenty of time to work with each student.
Compared to other colleges, TSTC students spend a lot less time in the classroom and much more time in work settings, operating the instruments they will use in their respective fields. Students spend more than 60 percent of their time learning by doing the actual work they will do upon graduating from college. It’s just one of the many ways TSTC ensures you get the strong training you need to succeed in your career choice.
You’ll also be exposed to established professionals through the program's industry partners and advisory committees. Professional organizations such as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Precision Machined Products Association, and the National Tooling and Machining Association offer additional networking opportunities.
TSTC’s strong programs match industry needs, making it easier for graduates to obtain jobs when it comes to hiring time.
How do we do this?
As industry professionals, our advisory committees assist the college in determining the courses you study, providing a valuable advantage. They can help ensure that what we teach matches what industry is seeking.
Combined with more than 60 percent of your class time spent on actual hands-on work in lab settings, and internship opportunities in actual working environments, it provides a compelling reason why employers are attracted to TSTC graduates.